My Lovely V.V. readers,
First off: According to my 'stats' here on Blogger, I have reached over 7000 hits from wonderful vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores from every continent on our beautiful planet! When I started writing my One Vivacious Vegan blog a year ago, I didn't think I would even have 100 people checking out my little place in the blog universe so I just wanted to extend a big, big, BIG THANK-YOU for hittin' me up and for your enthusiasm in cooking and eating for a healthier planet and a healthier YOU!
Now onto the food stuff!
I have never actually had a real BLT. Ever. I've always been more of a grilled cheese kinda gal. But after concocting a vegan version of the classic 'bacon/lettuce/tomato' combo, I am HOOKED! It is also easy, easy, easy and quick, quick, quick!
-Two slices of your favorite bread (I used whole-grain French bread for the one in the pic)
-Vegan mayo (the amount is totally at your discretion, some like a thin layer, just enough to lube the bread, some like it oozy and saucy. . .oh baby. . .)
-Three slices of the best looking tomato you can find
-Two leaves of lettuce (Butterhead/Boston lettuce is by far the best but it can be pricey, so use whatever you have available. Romaine is crunchier, red leaf is more delicate in flavour, you could get fancy with baby spinach or arugula, but whatever you do - DO NOT USE ICEBERG LETTUCE. Iceberg lettuce seriously lacks in flavour and nutrients and should only ever be eaten sliced into wedges and topped with a creamy dressing. Please never use iceberg lettuce in salads either. And that concludes my lettuce rant.)
-1 tbsp veg oil
-Three or four slices of tempeh bacon (or five or six, greedy guts!)
Toast the bread to the desired level of toastiness. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the tempeh bacon until it is crisp and brown on both sides (about 2 min per side).
Spread your desired amount of mayo on one side of each slice of the toasty bread.
Layer the tempeh bacon, lettuce and tomato slices on one slice of the bread and top with the other slice.
. . .What? Too old school for ya? Well, if you must mess with a classic, try adding/swapping:
-fancy greens instead of lettuce
-flavoured vegan mayo
-sliced avocado (this would make it a B.A.L.T. . . . or a T.A.L.B. . . .whatever)
-fried tofu strips (and now it's a B.L.T.T. or a T.B.L.T. or a B.T.L.T. or a . . .whatever)
-sliced jalapenos or banana peppers
-melted vegan cheeze