I am soooo happy this morning because I feel like I have found the holy grail of breakfast options! But before I tell you what I made, let me tell you why I felt the need to make it.
I have always been a sucker for a breakfast sandwich from a fast food chain, whether it be McDonalds or Tim Hortons or Starbucks. I keenly remember that my reward for getting up at 6 am on Saturday morning to do ballet when I was 7, was that my dad would take me to McDonalds afterwards. I have always been food-motivated, really. I have always seen fast food as a reward or celebration of life’s big moments! I know that is an awful way to look at food and it definitely contributed to my issues, but it is important to put it out there.
I knew heading into this vegan lifestyle change that my relationship with food would be different in many ways and one of the unexpected outcomes is the amount of money I am saving on take-out! We just don’t have that many good vegan take-out options around us, and so we have been making more food at home. But even last night for example, I was too tired to make dinner so we ordered in Chinese. Andrew had a typical combo with chicken balls, rice, noodles and veg.. while I opted for a tofu hot and sour soup and 2 spring rolls. The best part is my whole meal cost like $7 and filled me up and there are leftovers!!
Anyways, back to my story about breakfast. So if you have been following this blog, you know that I am not really a big breakfast person. I really only need coffee in the morning and would be happy to wait until lunch to eat. But, being diabetic, my doctor has tried to get me to be more consistent about meal times so that my blood sugar levels are also consistent. I have tried to make some vegan breakfasts over the past week (smoothie failures and successes, avocado toast, peanut butter and banana) and it has all been okay, but nothing I would die to eat every single morning.
And surprisingly, I was actually VERY hungry this morning… a total rarity! I felt that old hankering for a breakfast sandwich but after my vegan failure on Saturday eating animal products, I knew I couldn’t fall back on old habits or I would feel sick all day. So what did I do? I made my own vegan breakfast sandwich! I used the folded Just Egg, one slice of Violife cheddar cheese (it even got all melty), one maple glazed Gardein sausage patty and put it all on an Oakrun Farm english muffin. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! IT WAS LIFE!! Honestly, it was way tastier than any fast food version and way less greasy!! This is something I could actually eat and crave to eat! (The picture above really does not do it justice) I didn’t even use any oil or butter or anything on the english muffin, it didn’t even need it!!!
Now, I know that some vegans consider these type of convenience products junk food, and granted they certainly aren’t as healthy as whole plant-based diet food… sure. But they are waaaaay healthier than fast food chains and they don’t contain any animal products, so I will take that as a double win!!
Do you have any recommendations for breakfast sandwiches? Do you have a fave food that you vegan-ified for yourself? For your sanity?? lol
Am I vegan yet???