“I could never give up bacon!” That’s something I once said to myself before going vegan.
Sure, it’s crunchy and fatty and salty and delicious. But it’s also filled with cancer-causing carcinogens (just like every other processed meat on the market). Oh, you buy organic and farm-raised meat that straight from the butcher? That’s nice but guess what, ALL meat contains some form of cancer-causing carcinogens, processed meat just has more…
Not to mention that you’re literally eating a slice of a dead animal. But I’ll save the image for you to discover on your own…
Homemade Vegan Bacon
Homemade vegan bacon is a much more ethical and a healthy alternative to traditional bacon. It’s way lower in fats and sodium, and the cholesterol levels are ZERO.
Any plant-based food out there is going to have zero cholesterol. High cholesterol issues have literally stemmed from humans consuming animal products, but that’s a post for another day.
This beautiful vegan bacon is made from tempeh. Probably one of the healthiest soy products out there and my true love.
It’s made from fermented soy, creating naturally occurring healthy bacteria. It also contains tons of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins and omega-3s. Hello gorgeous…
3 Simple Ingredients
You’ll need to snag 3 simple ingredients to make your tempeh bacon perfect! All you’ll need to do is mix these together and marinate the tempeh for a few minutes before searing.
1. Liquid Smoke – the smokey flavor really makes these little guys taste like the real deal.
2. Maple Syrup – The naturally occurring sugar in the maple syrup leaves a perfectly sticky layer of deliciousness on each slice.
3. Coconut Aminos – This will give the tempeh the perfect golden color and the salty taste of traditional bacon.
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Pros on Making the Switch
As mentioned before, tempeh has a ton of nutritional benefits. Here are even more reasons to add tempeh to your diet.
First of all, it’s pretty cheap compared to animal protein. It also has an amazing macro breakdown. A 3-ounce (84 gram) serving of tempeh contains these nutrients:
- Calories: 162
- Protein: 15 grams
- Carbs: 9 grams
- Total fat: 9 grams
- Sodium: 9 mg LOW!
- Cholesterol: 0 grams ZERO!
- Iron: 12%
- Calcium: 9%
- Riboflavin: 18%
- Niacin: 12%
- Magnesium: 18%
- Phosphorus: 21%
- Manganese: 54%
And just a few more benefits of consuming tempeh
- Can promote bone health
- High in protein to keep you full
- Contains probiotics
- Decrease oxidative stress
- Reduce cholesterol levels
- Save 1 animal’s life every day by swapping out animal meat with tempeh
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Oil-Free Tempeh Bacon
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Vegan bacon made easy & healthy!
- 1 package Original Tempeh (Lightlife Brand)
- 1 tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
- Open the tempeh and cut the block in half. Slice the tempeh into strips (the short way).
- Mix together the liquid smoke, maple syrup, and coconut aminos in a small dish.
- Marinate the tempeh in the mixture for a few minutes. Meanwhile, heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat.
- Cook the tempeh for about 5-8 minutes on each side or until it starts to look brown and crispy.
- Use the excess marinade to baste over the tempeh as it cooks. It will dry out while cooking so this is an important step.
- Enjoy with breakfast or just on top of some avocado toast!
This will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days in a sealed container. But I doubt it will last the long.