Vegan Breakfast: Making a Vegan Grand Slam

Vegan Breakfast: Making a Vegan Grand Slam

Eggs, bacon, pancakes and sausage can all be attained in a grand slam vegan breakfast. If done right, non-vegans will not only be surprised but quite impressed. Vegans will simply be appreciative. The main thing is to check all your ingredients. Many companies make delectable meat, egg and dairy substitutes, but not all of them label their packages vegan. Fortunately, more and more are adhering to proper protocol, so if it doesn't say vegan it probably isn't. Look for the milk protein casein, which is not vegan. This is usually hidden in ingredients of products that look vegan.

Eggs

Scrambled tofu is the perfect substitute for eggs. Look for firm or extra firm tofu, cut it into cubes, throw it in a skillet with olive oil and turmeric for a yellow color. The brand Tofu Helper or Fantastic Foods are also excellent mixes to season the tofu. Add whatever you would to real eggs (excluding meat, of course) like potatoes, peppers, onions, vegan sausage (see below) and more. Egg replacer by the company Ener-G can also be mixed into a nice scramble.

Sausage and Bacon

Soy based bacon or sausage cook crispy and juicy enough to satisfy many a meat connoisseur. Fakin Bacon is a good company along with Yves, Lightlife and Smart Bacon. Be sure and check the ingredients for egg whites or casein.

Pancakes

Believe it or not, original Bisquick or Aunt Jemima mix is vegan. Just add soy milk in place of milk, and egg replacer in place of eggs. Some recipes call for adding applesauce, which gives the pancakes a nice sweet and moist texture that really tastes great. Also, if you want to go a la mode, plop on a healthy serving of soy or rice ice cream to make everyone smile.

Beverages and More

Soy, rice, oat, almond, hemp. These are all possible non-dairy milks (and butter) you can serve or to add to coffee or tea. Each has a different taste and some milks come in flavors like vanilla or chocolate. A bowl of fruit on the table with some fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice is a fresh tasting addition to a grand slam vegan meal. There is also rice or soy yogurt (again, check the ingredients) that can be mixed with some granola and berries offered on the side in small bowls. Quinoa (pronounced: keen-wah) is a wonderful grain cooked in water or a vegan milk until fluffy. Add in pecans or cranberries and serve like oatmeal. Oatmeal is another great choice, as long as it's cooked in water. Getting creative with bananas is fun as well. Add them to your pancakes or split a few down the middle, lather with peanut butter, drizzle some agave nectar (this is a replacement for honey, which is not allowable in a vegan diet) and sprinkle with some cinnamon.

Where Do I Find All This Stuff?

The Bisquick and Aunt Jemima are easy finds, but tofu and agave nectar may be hard depending on where you live. Most health food stores will carry what you need and if that's not possible try shopping online. Plenty of companies are more than willing to ship what you need.