Thursday, July 19, 2012

Say NO to pork bacon try this tempeh bacon recipe instead

Bacon, everyone smells it and goes crazy, that sweet, smokey, salty, crispy, perfection. So why am I telling you no bacon? Majority of bacon comes from pork aka pigs. Now, these pigs aren't running around all happy go lucky on a sweet family farm. Most pigs are "factory farmed" and never see the light of day. So what, you say? That it doesn't affect you in any way? Think again. Pigs are fed essentially garbage. Garbage, garbage, and maybe some gmo corn and soy, yum. But anyway, If you looked at a pig before they killed it and made it into bacon you would be disgusted. The living conditions are so poor that the pigs have open wounds spilling out pus, they have tumors, and numerous other health issues. But why listen to me? see for yourself: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/pigs.aspx         









                                                       >>>  notice the huge tumor on belly


pigs with tumors, and infected pus oozing sores are all safe for human consumption! Bacon!  yum!

So, factory farmed pig, not healthy to eat. Many people, like myself get sick immediately after eating pig. Your body violent forces it out, if it's not used to this toxic meat.
Back to bacon, besides the pork, many brands are filled with MSG and nitrates, which are not good for your heart, or your overall well being.
There is turkey bacon, which is delicious, but turkeys don't have much better conditions than the pigs.
Morningstar vegetarian bacon is made from GMO soy (genetically modified soybeans that are sprayed with otherwise lethal amounts of pesticides) , processed with hexane (a toxin used to extract soy protein isolate, that leeches into food)
So what should I eat?
Why not try tempeh?
Much healthier than tofu, organic tempeh is a fermented mixture of soybeans, brown rice, barely, and millet. It is much less processed than tofu, and if bought organic, contains nothing artificial. Now I'm not gunna lie and say tempeh is the most amazing thing ever and you could always substitute tempeh for bacon, but sometimes it works very well, especially if your not eating it by itself.
It might take a few tries to get tempeh right, but don't give up, it's also very inexpensive.
So I found this recipe on http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/tempeh-bacon/#.UAa5HF3-oEY.pinterest
I would recommend cutting some soy sauce and adding maple syrup in its place, also maybe substituting maple syrup for the brown sugar. I didn't do a ton of measuring, more like a little of this, a little of that...



This is their recipe, which I deviated from, (read above):

  • 1 8-oz. pkg. tempeh, sliced into 24 very thin slices
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 2 tsp. liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • Smoked paprika, optional

  1. Cut tempeh in half, and then quarters, and then "filet" it super thin.



  2. Lay tempeh slices in a baking pan. 
  3. Bring soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, cumin, chile powder, and ½ cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat, and stir in liquid smoke, if using. (boiling the mixture is optional, so is water). 
  4. Pour over tempeh slices. Let cool, then cover and chill 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. You can bake your tempeh in that pan, or you can pan-fry it in organic earth balance, which is what i do. I usually add some marinade to the pan too. You want to fry it until it is browned on both sides.




My first batch wasn't great, I was frying it in earth balance vegan butter, then I started drizzling maple syrup on them while they fried, and much much better!!
Make sure you cut them as thin as possible. And a note: DO NOT DRAIN ON PAPER TOWELS! IT STICKS TO PAPER TOWELS!

 
This is the vegan blt I made, it came out excellent, I did not miss the bacon. 
Whole wheat bread toasted, melt 1.5 slices of cheddar soy cheese
on other slice of bread thinly coat with trader joe's reduced fat vegan mayonnaise.
lay tempeh bacon on melted cheese, add sliced tomatoes, and baby swiss chard, baby spinach, and baby kale. or just plain lettuce. Delicious.
BTW I am not vegan, nor Am I vegetarian I just try to do everything possible not to eat tortured factory farmed animals and products.

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