Beyoncé + Jay-Z Vegan Challenge Day 3. Haunted: Smokey BLT

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In the first few seconds of Haunted we see Bey sporting a men’s wear look, lit cigarette in hand, puffing away. 

While I do not condone smoking (I’ll say it: VIAL HABIT!), I can get on board with something called liquid smoke.

If you’re not familiar with this strange condiment, liquid smoke is exactly that—smoke extracted from hardwood and condensed in water. Its impurities and most importantly, carcinogens are removed (this is a natural byproduct of smoking or grilling).

Given this information, I was intrigued on how to use it in a recipe (any recipe really), and thought it could enhance a new product I found at the grocery store: seitan bacon.

Seitan is a wheat protein that has a believable meaty texture. And, given that bacon is commonly what haunts (you must be haunting me) vegetarians and vegans, I knew adding a classic BLT to the challenge menu would keep cravings at bay (although I’m not much of bacon fan myself).

So, enjoy this easy recipe that’s surprisingly similar to the real thing!

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Smokey BLT

  • 1 package Upton Naturals Seitan Bacon
  • 1 tbsp. Veganaise
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 4 slices sprouted grain bread (or whole wheat)
  • 1 tbsp. liquid smoke

On a flat griddle or frying pan, add stripes of seitan and cook until browned and crispy. Add a dash of liquid smoke and set aside.

Toast bread slices and spread a generous amount of Vegenaise on the top slice. Assemble sandwich by placing bacon on the bottom side followed by tomato and finishing with lettuce. Serve immediately.

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Today’s Activity:

Now that you’ve eaten smoke, time to feel smokin hot – by giving yourself a steam facial.

 

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