A family friend of ours is Vegan. Super, duper vegan.
I am not vegan. Not at all. But I love animals so much that I always feel the weight of the battle of responsible carnivorism vs. veganism. Ugh.
Anyway, a few weeks ago at a family gathering where she was present, the topic of eating animal-free came up. Someone made a comment that they understood why there are so many vegans but that they just couldn't imagine never eating bacon again.
"Well, you know there's always coconut bacon." stated the family friend vegan.
Coconut bacon? Say what? "What does that even mean?" I asked. And she then began to actually tell me what it meant. I then promised her that I would give it a whirl in the near future as I am always down to try animal-friendly alternatives in the midst of my carnivore guilt. So on my food prep today, I actually decided to give it a try.
What you need:
Salt & Pepper
Salt & Pepper
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Pour 3 cups of raw coconut flakes in a bowl.
(^Not a problem for me since I buy organic, raw, shaved coconut every week from Safeway for our yogurts. So, so yum!)
(^Add 3 tbsps Soy Sauce - and admire my beautiful chipped nails)
(^3 Tbsps Liquid Smoke & 2 Tbsps Maple Syrup ... and a healthy dousing of paprika & chili powder)
(^Mix all together ensuring that every coconut flake is covered)
(^Put on baking sheet lined with parchment paper & cook in oven at 350 for 13-17 minutes. Watch carefully after about 11 minutes as they brown FAST)
(^Cool and serve over salads, sandwiches, dishes as a crunchy bacon alternative)
While I (sadly) admit that they definitely DON'T taste like bacon, they do taste like their own independent savory add-on to any meal. I really, really like them and plan to use them more in the future. Not bacon but definitely great on their own as a crunchy little treat.
Additionally for lunches this week that I meal prepped ...
Greek Yogurt Cups:
Greek Yogurt, rolled oats, coconut flakes, cinnamon & kiwi.
Open Face sandwiches:
French Baguette cut/toasted & topped with garden vegetable cream cheese, cucumber, avocado, sprouts, bacon & coconut bacon (Jay made me buy some regular bacon in case the coconut one sucked- they are both good so I added them both to sandie).
Field greens, cucumber, sprouts, white kidney beans, sunflower seeds & feta with olive oil balsalmic dressing.
Pretty yummy and pretty healthy. It might not taste like bacon but it's pretty dang good for whatever it is - and it makes me feel a little bit better as a human. So I'm more than down to make it again.