Sunday, March 29, 2015

Meal Prep: Open-Faced Sandwiches w/ Vegan Coconut Bacon

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.

Coconut "Bacon"
What you need:
Soy Sauce
Chili Powder
Liquid Smoke
Maple Syrup
Coconut Flakes
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).

Side salad:

 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.


Pat Hatt said...

Hey, as long as it tastes pretty good, that is not so bad. I'll stick with eating my meat though, just chicken mainly, no vegan for me. The cat seems okay with that lol

Jax said...

You should sell a food porn book with just pictures. Your meal preps always look so yummy and you photograph them deliciously. Haha

Coconut bacon? I would definitely try it but I am not sure if i would go out of my way to make it. Maybe it should be called toasted coconut flakes. Hahaha

P.S. You need to try a gel mani!!!! :)~

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm not down with coconut (texture) so no way could I do that. I'm a meat eater and have no notions of not eating meat.

Great job on the food prep!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

Ooo gosh, i love coconut!!! So many people hate the texture, funny.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

ha, yeah- it tastes good so it's okay for me to go Vegan sometimes... :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

thanks, jax! And I agree with the name change.

I know about the mani... that is what everyone says. I just hate spending any time on my nails.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

Those little sandwiches look yummy and your meal prepping is SO impressive! (insert clapping emoji)

PorkStar said...

Oh there's no way in hell I'm leaving the real bacon behind. That's the main reason why I ended up quitting on being vegetarian a while back. I'd definitely try this recipe, but u ain't getting me near the kitchen and spend my time preparing all of that troublesomness. :P Also, I am a latino, and for the most part, we are carnivores, so that ain't changing either. Guilt or not, bacon is not going away from my diet. That is, unless the doctor dictates otherwise.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

hahahah, this made me laugh. No one is taking your meat from you!! :) Just an idea to try. Don't worry Porkstar... shake it off :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

Thanks, Jaime!

Elle Sees said...

i have never heard of that. wish it tasted like bacon but it does sound like a fun idea to try. i'm all for mixing things up.

Unknown said...

Sounds yum and like a great healthy addition to salads. I wish it tasted just like bacon tho, then id be even more keen to try it! :)