Bacon is a classic breakfast food and if you eat or ate meat, there’s no denying that it tastes good. The problem is the cruelty involved. The great news is that you can very creative with plants in the kitchen and make yourself cruelty-free alternatives! This National Bacon Lovers Day, we’ve got you covered with 10 cruelty-free, tasty vegan bacon recipes from the Food Monster App!
1. Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon
Looking for an appetizer that’ll blow everyone away? Sweet and savory caramelized onions and smoky Shiitake bacon top this amazing, gooey vegan Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon by Gabrielle St. Claire. Serve with crispy toast to add crunch factor and you’ve got everything you need for the perfect party snack. This vegan cheese dip would also be a great option for backyard barbecues and game day parties. Though you might have a hard time getting people to leave the snack table.
2. Tofu Bacon
Source: Tofu Bacon
3. Portobello Bacon
Source: Portobello Bacon
This Portobello Bacon by True Foods Blog is so flavorful, crispy and delicious. It goes well in salads or by itself. For plant based eaters, it is a dream. And for meat eaters, it may be a surprising treat as well. Give it a go!
4. Tofu and Coconut Bacon Caesar Sub
Lunches are underrated. Bring some good soul food to your lunches with this Tofu and Coconut Bacon Caesar Sub by Rosie Newton and Dillon Sivyour. It’s perfect for a packed lunch that everyone is going to be jealous of! If you’re not one for bread or don’t fancy risking Caesar sauce dripping onto your work clothes, try compiling the fillings into a salad.
5. Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Grilled Cheese
There’s no denying that a vegan grilled cheese sandwich tastes good, but this BLTA, Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Grilled Cheese by Zsu Dever takes it to the next level. Smoky tempeh bacon, creamy smashed avocado, crisp lettuce, tomato, and melty vegan Swiss cheese are sandwiched between two crispy, buttery slices of grilled bread. Pair with your favorite tomato soup for the ultimate comfort food meal.
6. Eggplant Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
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Eggplant… bacon?! Yes, it’s real. When prepared properly, eggplant can be wonderfully versatile when it comes to recreating meaty flavors. In this Eggplant Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus recipe by Emilie Heck, it’s seasoned with liquid smoke and brown sugar, wrapped around asparagus, and then baked until it has that crispy bacon crunch factor. These are the perfect finger food for parties.
7. Rutabaga Carbonara with Shiitake Mushroom Bacon
This completely veganized Rutabaga Carbonara with Shiitake Mushroom Bacon dish by Phoebe Douglas will make you never miss non vegan food again! The mushroom bacon is smoked with with mouthwatering flavors, and the pasta dish is topped with a veganized parmesan made from pecans and nutritional yeast.
8. Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon
If you love a little fire, something with a wow factor that’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, meet the alapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon by Gabrielle St. Claire. These awesome sandwiches are a foodie dream come true. It has multiple flavor dimensions — salty, savory, spicy, and cheesy — and if you want to add a little sweetness into the mix, add a drizzle of maple syrup to the Shiitake bacon marinade.
9. Hearty Flatbread With Smoky Shiitake Bacon
These simple buckwheat Hearty Flatbreads With Smoky Shiitake Bacon by Courtney West are perfect for a light lunch. The flatbread is topped with smoky, roasted mushroom “bacon” that has the perfect flavor. They’re unctuous and savory. A little salty and a little smoky. And just the faintest hint of sweet.
10. Portobello ‘Bacon’ Sandwich
Source: Portobello ‘Bacon’ Sandwich
A sandwich can be a masterpiece. They don’t ever have to be boring, they can be bright, beautiful and absolutely delicious. ThisPortobello ‘Bacon’ Sandwich by Heather Poire is all those things and more. Smoky, savory Portobello mushroom “bacon” is paired with salty olives, spicy arugula, crunchy greens, and a creamy avocado spread. This is a great go-to lunch that you can whip together for lunch the night before.
Love these vegan bacon recipes? You might also love The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Meats and Meat Substitutes and 15 Amazing Vegan Breakfast Recipes! We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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