Some dudes (and gals) laugh at the attempt we vegans make to use tempeh as a substitute for bacon.
It’s just not the same!, they say. And they are correct, it’s not the same. Tempeh bacon will never exactly recreate the bacon experience. Same with a veggie burger instead of beef. Same with using jackfruit instead of pulled pork.
But it also won’t recreate the experience you get when you’ve had a few too many years of bacon experiences: clogged arteries, colorectal cancer, etc.
So what we’re advocating is to recreate most of the upside of the bacon experience – just get yourself in the neighborhood of the taste of bacon – with none of the ugly downside.
Then, over time, your taste buds evolve and you begin to crave this new upside instead. The old upside actually makes you feel like sh*t. Your mind makes a transformation – this is food, that is not food.
Kicking the bacon in the first place (in order to let your taste buds evolve) is the hard part, but you got this… Here’s a recipe to help you on your way.
- ⅓ block of tempeh
- 4 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 slices whole grain or sprouted grain bread
- 1 slice tomato
- 2 romaine leaves
- ¼ avocado
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp Just Mayo (optional)
- Produce Prep: Rinse and slice tomato into thick slices. Rinse and dry romaine
leaves. Slice the avocado lengthwise, all the way around the pit. Gently twist each side to open the avocado. Scoop out flesh and cut into slices.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Slice tempeh into thin strips.
- In a skillet, whisk together soy sauce, maple syrup, chili powder, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Place tempeh strips in one layer in the skillet, submerging the strips in the sauce (as best you can). Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Let it simmer until most of the sauce is absorbed into the tempeh strips, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer strips onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Assemble sandwich by spreading avocado on the bread and layering with tomato slices, lettuce leaves, tempeh strips, and Just Mayo (if using).