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Smart Bacon
www.lightlife.com
Review by Erin Pavlina

Smart Bacon It took me a long time to decide to even try a fake bacon product. It just seemed wrong to eat something that tasted so much like meat. Over time I've tried many meat substitutes and I like about half of them, the other half I can live without.

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One day Steve threw some Smart Bacon in the shopping cart and I said, "Uh, honey? What's this?" He said, "Fake bacon. Let's try it." And I said, "On what? Just plain? What would we put bacon on anyway?" He said, "How about a vegan grilled bacon and cheese sandwich?" I was intrigued. So we bought some more vegan cheese slices and a nice sourdough bread.

Smart BaconIt was easy to make, you just spray some cooking spray on the pan, or use a little oil, and fry the slices up. Only takes a couple of minutes. They even smelled like real bacon which was almost but not quite a turn off. I think it made me even more intrigued. The slices got real crispy, we took them out of the pan and dried off the excess oil with a paper towel, just like you have to do with the real stuff.

I stuck the slices in the middle of my grilled cheese sandwich and grilled it until the cheese was melty. Tasted pretty good, though the bacon slices were a little chewy instead of crisp. Then we tried the bacon on an avocado, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Heaven! The combination of avocado and bacon really did it for me. For the next week B.L.T.A. sandwiches were the highlight in our house.

If you're looking for a good bacon substitute, look no further. This is good stuff. I have a few issues with the company that makes the product (Lightlife) but I'm not going to get political in my product reviews. If you're interested, do your own research and draw your own conclusions. In the meantime, if you just want some bacon, try it, I think you'll like it.

Erin Pavlina is the author of Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World, and a new cookbook, Vegan Family Favorites. She lives in Las Vegas with her vegan husband and children, Emily and Kyle.
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