One of the things I love about eating a plant-based diet is that I can freely worship at the Altar of the Divine Spud:
Under $3.00 for a LOT of potential meals.
One thing I always loved before I started eating this way was loaded baked potatoes. I was a bacon, cheese and sour cream junkie. When I first transitioned to being vegan, this meant lots of vegan sour cream, green onions and Fakin’ bacon:
Last night I realized that I had a dilemma: no Fakin’ Bacon and I needed to eat *now*. Hmmm…what if I could make beans taste like bacon? Problem solved!
Smoky Vegan Bacon Beans Recipe
1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke or hickory smoke seasoning
1 tsp tamari
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 /2 tsp onion powder
Mix it all up and let it marinate for at least an hour. You can cook your potato while it you are marinating the beans.
I steamed the broccoli, warmed up the beans, threw everything together on top of the potato and used Road’s End packaged vegan “Chreeze” sauce. The Cheese sauce recipe from Happy Herbivore is really yummy on potatoes, too. Check my blog entry on vegan cheese substitutes if you are curious: https://heavymettayoga.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/it-aint-easy-being-cheezy-vegan-cheeses-for-the-engine-2-diet/
This version was actually much more filling than using the Fakin’ Bacon. I think I have a new favorite, although Fakin’ Bacon will always be near and dear to my heart. I’ve been eating it since 1990 or 1991!
It feels good to be back in the kitchen again. I haven’t wanted to cook or even be in that room since Enzo died. Enzo didn’t really like potatoes or beans, but he sure did like tempeh bacon, tofu scrambler, pancakes and vegan sausage. That dog was a vegan breakfast eating machine!