Meatless Mondays: Vegan Eggs Benedict!

I have to say that every time I see Eggs Benedict or Eggs Florentine on a brunch menu it makes me crave a veggie version. Well, presto shazam I found one! Written by none other that the fabulous Annie & Dan Shannon. I highly recommend checking out their blog and their book Betty Goes Vegan. It’s actually more awesome as it sounds; they vegan-ized the entire Betty Crocker cookbook!

Enjoy the links and the recipes!

photo courtesy of meettheshannons.com

photo courtesy of meettheshannons.com

Poached Egg

  • 1 Package of Firm Tofu (drained and cut into 4 rectangular pieces)
  • 1 Batch of the Cheese Sauce in our Mac & Cheese recipe ( I know you will have a bunch leftover but if you also pick up some Macaroni – You’ll also have lunch for a week)

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Sour Cream 
  • 3 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Margarine
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon Braggs

Other Ingredients 

  • 4 English Muffins
  • 1 Cup Raw Spinach (this is how much we used but really you can use more or less – up to you)
  • 1 Avocado (sliced)
  • 6 Pieces Tempeh Bacon ( I know I usually have a few suggestions here BUT I really must insist you use the Tempeh)
  • Paprika to dash across the top
  • Olive Oil for cooking (around 2 tablespoons)
  • Dash of Liquid Smoke

Heat oven to 400.

Make the Cheese Sauce from the Mac and Cheese recipe.

With warm water rinse your Flavor Injector – YES – I know these things are meant for crazy meat eaters and seriously scary looking BUT really I love mine now. It has been pointed out to me that I am partial to food that has some kind of injected filling and my response to that is “Who doesn’t love pie?”. OK – back to the recipe.

Fill your injector with Cheese Sauce. Take your Tofu and one at a time, slowly stick the injector in the center of one of the shorter sides of the rectangle. Make sure it doesn’t go in to far. You don’t want to pierce one of the sides. Then – this is key – gently move the Tofu back and forth. Don’t move the needle – it will tear a big hole on the outside of the tofu. But if you move the Tofu, it creates a pocket in the tofu while keeping the injection spot as small as possible.

Fill all 4 Tofu Pieces.

On a lined cookie sheet, bake the Tofu for 20 minutes or until it is a golden brown. At 10 minutes, Flip the Tofu to make sure both sides get brown. Some of the Cheese Sauce will pour out. Don’t worry about that. When you pull it out – right before you put it on the dish – slowly inject more Cheese Sauce. You’re going to want to inject so much the Tofu looks like it might burst. That’s why you go slow so you can watch it.

While the Tofu is baking, make your Fake Bacon and other parts of the dish. In your beloved little cast iron skillet, cook the Tempeh Bacon in some Olive Oil and Liquid Smoke.

In a small sauce pan, mix all the Hollandaise sauce ingredients with a whisk over a low heat.
(this will thicken pretty fast so don’t prepare until you are almost ready to make up the dish)

Toast the English Muffins.

Stack the dish like so : 1 half of an English Muffin, desired amount of Spinach, Bacon, Avocado, “Poached Egg” and then pour the desired amount of Hollandaise sauce over the top. Throw a dash of Paprika on there to top her off. This recipe should make 4 servings.

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