I am going to be very honest with you. If you are a new vegetarian in search of a decent bacon substitute, you will NOT find one. The only way to eat bacon again is to kill a pig, slice off it’s belly fat, and fry it up. OR you could just buy factory-farmed pig fat at your local grocery store.
Anytime I think I want to eat bacon again, I remember the reasons I chose to become a vegetarian in the first place. (1) I don’t want to support animal cruelty, and therefore, (2) the killing of animals. (3) I tend to fall in love with most animals I meet so chances are I could have easily fallen in love with any meat on my plate. That makes me sad. 🙁
It’s now been 163 days since I last ate meat… Did you read my initial announcement post, No More Meat: Why I Am Officially a Vegetarian? I hate to admit this but our family used to consume A LOT of bacon, around 2-3 extra-large servings per week! Before turning vegetarian, we switched from eating regular bacon to turkey bacon in order to eat a healthier version and cut back on our pork consumption. Now, we occasionally eat veggie bacon strips or what we like to refer to as Fakin’ Bacon.
In general, veggie bacon tastes like bac’n bits, which are commonly used as a salad topping. The only difference is that veggie bacon is served warm in a long strip. I didn’t even realize that bac’n bits were fake bacon until I looked up the ingredients recently! They are made of soy flour and seasonings. Veggie bacon is made out of egg whites and texturized soy and vegetable protein concentrates.
Here is a snapshot of my initial thoughts on veggie bacon from Instagram.
Eeeeewwww!! We experimented with this fake bacon by Morningstar Farms only because it was on sale and I was curious. It tastes nasty with fake bacon flavor. I don’t need bacon in my life. I had plenty of years to obsess over to cover me for the rest of my life!! #morningstarfarms #vegetarian #bacon #fakebacon #fauxbacon #ewww #notrecommended #gmo #notorganic
You can see that I shouted out against Morningstar Farms due to their genetically modified soy protein. I emailed the Kellogg company to ask if they had any intention of using non-GMO soybeans in the future but they only responded by directing me to their non-soy based products.
In the end, I decided that you have to pick your battles.
Do I want to eat meat or genetically modified plants? Neither… but I’d rather occasionally eat the GMO plants over meat.
The BEST way to eat veggie bacon is to serve it with a pancake or french toast breakfast.
- Fry the veggie bacon in real butter.
- Make sure to cook them nice and crispy!
- Dip them in pure maple syrup.
This way you get a little protein (even if it’s not the healthiest form) and you can enjoy a subtle bacon taste with your vegetarian breakfast.
Our entire family enjoys fakin bacon now. We eat it with large family breakfasts maybe a couple times each month. I still love dipping it in pure maple syrup, but instead of cooking it in butter, I just use oil. It’s better to eliminate as much dairy as possible. I haven’t tried any other brands of fakin bacon yet simply because they don’t carry it at any of my local stores. I’d prefer to buy a vegan option. If anyone knows of something healthier with non-gmo soy too, let me know. Thanks in advance!