If you think you can’t live without bacon, we are here to tell that veggie bacon rocks! There are so many ways to make vegan bacon; it seems like every day someone comes up with a new one. Look at these 5 Plant-Based Replacements for Bacon. Bacon can be made out of tempeh, tofu, coconut, eggplant, mushrooms, and even beets. When we can make so many different types of vegan bacon, the only thing that doesn’t make any sense is making bacon out of innocent pigs.
So while the rest of the world is celebrating their love of eating pigs on International Bacon Day, we say Screw Bacon! Be kind to the animals, your health and the planet and make these 12 veggie bacon-filled recipes instead.
1. Tempeh Bacon Bowl
Sweet and smoky with a slight chili heat, the vegan tempeh bacon really adds a satisfying and delicious punch to this nutritious and wholesome Tempeh Bacon Bowl. Fresh thyme adds a lovely floral aroma. The beauty of the bowl is that you can make it with whatever ingredients you like.
2. ‘Bacon’ and Maple Syrup Pancakes
If your favorite breakfast was pancakes with a side of bacon, you’ll love this dish of ‘Bacon’ and Maple Syrup Pancakes. Here the fluffy pancakes are topped with maple syrup and smoky coconut bacon.
3. Ditch Meat Bacon…Meet Beet Bacon!
Who says vegans can’t eat bacon?! Made with beets, smoky spices and a lot of love, this Beet Bacon is amazing on its own or sitting pretty on your favorite veggie burger. Go “whole hog” without the harm!
4. Maple Sriracha Tempeh Bacon BLT With Creamy Dill Mayo
Lots of vegans love bacon too…well, any kind of bacon not made from animals that is. The Tempeh Bacon on this BLT is smoky and spicy with a touch of sweetness from the maple. It pairs perfectly with the creamy dill mayo.
5. Polenta Bake With Caramelized Onions and Portobello Bacon
If you need a dish to impress a large gathering, make this Polenta Bake with Caramelized Onions and Portobello Bacon. The smoky mushroom bacon elevates the polenta into a dish that will please all your guests.
6. Coconut Bacon
You don’t have to eat animals if you crave the salty, smoky flavor that comes along with bacon. Instead make this Coconut Bacon that’s a great addition to salads, sandwiches, soups…even desserts! It’s super easy to make, and a great way to teach non-vegans that we make damn good food too!
7. Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich
Even if you aren’t vegan, this sandwich will make your taste buds dance! This Portobello Mushroom BLT is awesome and will satiate your bacon cravings in a kinder, healthier way.
8. Soy-Free Glamorgan ‘Sausages’ in Eggplant ‘Bacon’ Wraps
A Glamorgan sausage is a traditional Welsh sausage, with the main ingredients being leek and cheese. These vegan sausages are wrapped in Eggplant Bacon for an extra savory, smoky touch.
9. Shiitake Bacon!
Mushrooms, being the sponges they are, end up saturated with all the flavors they marinate in. This Shiitake Bacon is layer upon layer of taste. Thanks to the little funk that is inherent in shiitake mushrooms, the flavor gets an extra boost.
10. Butter Lettuce Wedges With Sunflower Seed Dressing, Pears and Tempeh Bacon
These Butter Lettuce Wedges are a take on the classic salad of a big, crunchy wedge of lettuce topped with a creamy dressing and sprinkled with salty bacon. This vegan version subs tempeh for bacon and adds refreshing sweetness with juicy pears and a creamy sunflower seed dressing.
11. Classic BLT Salad With Creamy Ranch and Chickpea Croutons\
This Classic BLT Salad is made with crispy romaine, tempeh bacon and a cool and creamy herb ranch dressing. It is then topped off with some garlic chickpea croutons for some extra protein.
12. Black Bean Apple Burgers With Caramelized Onion Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Shiitake Bacon
Want bacon on your burger? Make these Black Bean Apple Burgers with Caramelized Onion Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Shitake Bacon. The flavors of each component combine for the perfect sweet, spicy, and earthy meal. The chipotle BBQ sauce adds a kick and the shiitake bacon gives you that smoky crunch you love.
The next time you have a craving for bacon, satisfy it in a compassionate and healthy way. Try these recipes and you’ll agree: everything is better with veggie bacon on it.
Lead image source: Coconut Bacon