I get a lot of questions about my vegetarianism from people that can’t seem to wrap their heads around it.
“But isn’t it hard?”
“Don’t you miss meat?”
“Not even bacon?”
The answers are no, no, and no.
There are many different reasons for vegetarianism, personal, political, ethical, religious, ecological, and so on. Mine is pretty simple – I plain old just don’t like meat. I don’t like the taste, the texture, or the concept.
I don’t do much in the fake meat department, but this coconut bacon is a total game changer. When I posted the recipe back in July someone mentioned doing a BLT with coconut bacon and I knew it had to happen. And since everything is better with avocado, I decided to go for a vegan BLAT.
If you’ve got the coconut bacon already made, this is one of the easiest meals you could throw together. Lightly toasted whole grain bread (I used a delicious beer bread with cracked rye) is smeared with avocado, sprinkled with coconut bacon, and topped with fresh sliced tomatoes and lettuce.
Folks, this sandwich is good. Really, really good.
I’m not sure how well it would pack as the coconut bacon tends to lose it’s crispness, so I’d recommend either making these to order or packing the coconut bacon in a separate container to be added to your sandwich at the last minute. But I must warn you, last time I took a container of coconut bacon to the office I had all kinds of people dipping their fingers in for a taste.
Made to order or packed in components, this vegan BLAT would make a great breakfast, lunch, dinner, picnic, or late night snack. Enjoy it while the late summer tomatoes are starting to make their appearance – you won’t regret it.
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Vegan BLAT Recipe:
When a recipe is as simple as this one, I always try to strive for the best possible ingredients. There are only four, plus the bread, so quality matters here.
Makes one sandwich
2 slices whole grain bread, lightly toasted
1/2 a ripe avocado
1/4 cup coconut bacon, or more as desired
4 thick slices of tomato
2 large leaves of lettuce
To assemble your BLAT, spread one slice of lightly toasted bread with the avocado. Sprinkle coconut bacon over top, then layer the tomatoes and lettuce on top. Finish with the second slice of bread. Enjoy!
Coconut is contains saturated fats, which, for ages were demonized as being ‘bad fat’s. Current research indicates there are actually different types of saturated fats, and some types of saturated fats, including those found in coconut, are good for you. Everything in moderation.
Around 80% of the calories in an avocado come from fat, which is about 20 x higher than most fruit. However, about 65% of this fat is healthy monounsaturated fat, in particular oleic acid. Avocados also contain an incredible range of phytonutrients, and many vitamins and minerals. Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and potassium – more potassium than a banana even!
All text and photos © The Muffin Myth 2014