Something I used to eat all the time as a non-vegan was McDonald’s Egg Sandwiches, which of course is not healthy at all nor is it vegan. The only vegan thing about these breakfast goodies are the oil, so if you want to order one vegan – just ask for the oil. Instead why not just prepare some at home in under 5-10 minutes and make it vegan. There are a few different methods to prepare and varies on how much time you want to take in the morning. Personally I’m a morning person so on the weekend I tend to make my own vegan ‘sausage’ but during the work week I tend to use prepared ‘sausage’ if there is none in the freezer.Tofu ‘egg’ 1/2-1 pkg tofu (8-16oz) ½-1 tsp garlic powder ½-1 tsp onion powder ½-1 tsp nutritional yeast (optional) ¼ – ½ tsp cumin powder ¼- ½ tsp black salt (regular is okay too) ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp chicken seasoning (optional) 1. Mix all the ingredients, minus the tofu, together in a small bowl. 2. Cut the tofu into ¼- ½ inch thick slices. You can either use the slices as they are right now or you can get all fancy and use a circle cookie cutter and make perfect fitting “eggs” for the English muffins. 3. Sprinkle the tofu pieces with the seasoning, both sides. 4. Heat frying pan to high and spray with oil. If you don’t mind the oil, it works better with about 1 tbsp oil in the pan too. 5. When both sides are browned, remove from the pan and place on prepared English Muffins.
English muffins are naturally not vegan since traditionally it is a bread recipe that you fry in butter in a frying pan before baking in the oven. There are some brands in the stores that use only oil instead of butter so look for those instead. In our household, we love Ezekiel sprouted grain English muffins. These do take a bit to get used to since the texture is a bit more firm and has whole millet seeds that are hard. After about the second one, Ezekiel English Muffins are hard to give up. When we have a lot of time on our hands, mostly in the winter months, we tend to make our own from a recipe in the cookbook, Vegan Brunch. The prepared English muffins freeze great! Just toss in the toaster oven (or toaster) frozen in the morning.
‘Sausage’ or Bacon
Strangely enough, I’ve never really cared for sausage or bacon on my breakfast sandwich. Just because you have decided to go vegan, it doesn’t mean you have to forget sausage or bacon on your breakfast sandwich. Nope, there are options. Some of our favorites:
Gimme Lean Vegan Sausage is a great option and looks just like the carnivore type so you can trick those “meat and potato” eaters in our household. Vegan Dad also has a nice homemade sausage recipe that is actually for links but you can make it into circles without much thought. We’ve also appreciate Vegetarian Paradise vegan sausage breakfast patties. There are tons of options so it just depends on what you want on your breakfast plate.
Vegan Cheese (Optional)
There are many different options on the market right now for vegan cheese. Normally we do not buy mock vegan cheese since it is a bit expensive still. We go without and we normally do not notice the difference.