Lazy Vegan Friday. Sweet Earth Seitan Bacon (review)

Last month we were in Detroit, and visited their Whole Foods, where we bought a bunch of things unavailable in Canada, and took them back home with us (or snacked on them immediately.) One of those things was Sweet Earth Hickory & Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon. The funny thing about buying this was that the checkout person was super excited about it, said she had never seen it before, and that it looked so good. But then she said something that made us pause and say wait a minute. “I’d eat this, but I’ve given up bacon…” We realized she thought it was an animal product. JC told her… “it’s actually vegan.” And then she was even more excited about it. The style and colour of the package was what initially attracted me to it. It looked like a pretty traditional product, and since it was something I didn’t recognize in the plant-meat section I had to take a closer look. Much later, I remembered that I had seen them at ExpoWest earlier this year where they first launched this product (but I don’t think I sampled any at that time though.) Anyway, fast forward to a few weekends ago when we were at the Piebird Birdhouse Cottage and I was thinking, what quick fun breakfast options can we enjoy while at the cottage? And my hand hovered over this package and I thought… well, of course. I don’t really have a particular attraction to bacon one way or another, but…

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Smoked Coconut Flakes for sandwiches and everything else – Recipe (Vegan Bacon Even)

I bought a bag of coconut pieces yesterday on a whim from Karma Co-op. Someone else had a bag, and it caught my eye – an innocent bag of coconut flakes to some. But to me it said…. “make me into a smokey coconut sandwich” – but not actually since then I’d be talking to bags of coconut. One bag of the bigger-than-shredded coconut cost a little over $9, and had around 6 cups worth of coconut flakes in it. Since I’m too lazy to crack open my own coconut, it was especially a steal of a deal. (But I picked up the last bag they had…) There are so many different varieties of Smokey Coconut, Coconut Bacon, Vegan Bacon, Or whatever you want to call it. Here are just a few examples: – The Chubby Vegetarian‘s mini interview with Chef Jesse Kimball – VegWeb’s Simple Coconut Bacon – Vegan Nom Nom’s Vegan Coconut Bacon – Fettle Vegan’s Coconut Bacon (with very very beautiful pictures) – Vegan Good Things – Coconut Bacon But here is what I ended up using for my version of the smokey coconut flakes, and I really really really liked it (and I wasn’t alone). Smokey Coconut Flakes Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 15 min Total time: 20 min Yield: 3 cups of smokey coconut flakes

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