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The most classic American, meat-centered comfort food: the burger.
What I tend to find most limiting about burgers made from animals is
that the only way to change things up is through the spices and the
fixin’s. Veggie burgers, however, are truly limitless. There are a
hundred different beans and grains to use, veggies to add, nuts and
seeds to throw in, spices and condiments to include, to create a truly
unique and flavorful burger.
Here is a Black Bean and Mushroom Burger to get your feet wet in the world of veggie burger creating. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, try any of these mouthwatering ideas!
Store-bought alternatives: Amy’s Kitchen veggie burgers, Beyond Meat “Beast” burgers and Gardein veggie burgers.
Smoky, Salty Bacon
“Bacon culture” has officially taken over, and you may be surprised
to learn that even vegans are all on board. We just prefer our bacon to
come from plants.
Try out some homemade bacon bits or coconut bacon
for sprinkling on salads or stuffing into wraps for a smokey burst of
flavor. Or, if you want strips, try frying up some homemade tempeh bacon. You could also pick up the new book Baconish: Sultry and Smoky Plant-Based Recipes from BLTs to Bacon Mac & Cheese by Leinana Two Moons, which is filled with smokey-sweet plant-based goodness!
Store-bought alternatives: Lightlife‘s Fakin’ Bacon Strips, Sweet Earth’s Benevolent Bacon, Phoney Baloney’s coconut bacon
Seitan for Sandwiches and Sausages
But what could I make for a delicious, breakfast sandwich? What is
there to make for delightfully seasoned centerpiece for an old fashioned
meat and potatoes type of meal? Enter: seitan. Otherwise known as
“wheat meat,” seitan features the high-protein gluten component in
wheat, which becomes incredibly versatile for meaty dishes. Seitan can
be made into sausages, slices and even steaks! Here is a good post for beginner seitan cooks.