Vegan BLTs (Eggplant)

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This is the perfect item to bring to a non-vegan BBQ.  When your friends are all grilling up flesh, you can lay down your slab of veggie along side it and enjoy the taste of a traditional american food with your meat-eating friends.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant
  • Bread slices
  • a couple of romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 ripe tomato

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (if desired)
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup (or honey)
  • 2 tsp of liquid smoke (optional, but does help with flavor)

Sriracha Vegenaise:

  • 1 cup of raw cashews OR 1/2 can of white beans
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of Sriracha sauce
  • a pinch of marine salt

Directions:

  1. To make the vegenaise, you’ll need to soak the cashews for 2-3 hours prior in water.  Then strain the water and process the nuts into a creamy texture, adding the lemon, salt and sriracha as you blend. (If using white beans, simply mix all ingredients in processor and blend).
  2. Mix the marinade and slice the eggplant. Soak the eggplant in the marinade for at least 20 mins (1 hour if you have the time).
  3. Grill or cook the eggplants on the stovetop until they are soft but not mushy.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the veggies by slicing tomato and tearing up some lettuce.
  5. Assemble your BLE on your toasted bread with the vegenaise, eggplant and veggies

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