Over the course of my entire life, not a speck of bacon has ever passed my lips. This may seem weird to some people who live and breathe bacon, but I keep kosher, which means I can’t eat certain types of animals including pigs. I have never missed bacon, or wished I could have it… because I have something better instead: Morning Star brand veggie bacon strips. Well, I guess I can’t say they’re better than the real thing because I haven’t tried real bacon, but they are just so good I can’t imagine bacon could taste better. They taste clean, not like something dead which is how most animal meat strikes me. They are wonderfully crispy after being cooked easily in the microwave. And they are much healthier than real bacon, containing 36% less fat than real bacon and no cholesterol.
So I grew up with this veggie bacon, looking forward to the mornings when my mom would spontaneously cook up a plate full of strips and I could much on something savory along with my sweet cereal. When I was in middle school, my mom taught me how to make a sandwich she liked with vegetarian bacon, peanut butter, mayonnaise, and tomato. I liked that sandwich, but somehow as time went by I forgot about it and moved on to other lunch ideas. I wanted to create a new, fun version of that sandwich for my lunch earlier this week, one that I could make ahead, take to school, and feel good about eating
So here’s what I came up with: the veggie bacon maple and peanut butter sandwich. Maple and real bacon is, so I’ve gathered, a winning combo, and it works just as well with the vegetarian alternative. Peanut butter is pretty much always a good idea, and in this sandwich it’s no exception.
Veggie Bacon Maple Peanut Butter Sandwich
Makes one sandwich
- 2 slices Dave’s Killer “Good Seed” Bread or whole grain bread of choice
- 1 tbl pure organic maple syrup
- 1 tbl peanut butter
- 2 Morning Star brand vegetarian bacon strips
Directions: Place veggie bacon strips on a small, microwave-safe plate. Heat as directed on the package.
On one slice of bread, spread the peanut butter. On the other slice, spread the maple syrup. Layer the bacon strips on top of the maple bread (because you don’t want to have to flip that one over to cover the other bread and have maple syrup drip everywhere. The peanut butter-ed bread is so much easier to lift and turn over!)
Cut in half if desired, and store in the fridge for a grab-and-go lunch the next morning.