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Sunday, May 2, 2010


I just made this "Egg McMuffin with Cheese", which is in quotes because every aspect of it was fake, considering it was vegan and gluten-free.

The egg was made of tofu baked (fried) with a baste of coconut oil, gluten-free soy sauce, maple syrup, salt, hot sauce (just a little), and nutritional yeast.

The "muffin" was these awesome (gluten free, vegan) "English Muffins" made by Ener-G.

The "cheese" was fake vegan cheese--but this kind that actually melts.

So after I baked (fried) the tofu in the oven for like an hour, flipping it every 15 mins or so and applying more baste, I eventually took slices of fresh tomato and laid them over the slices of tofu and baked it for like 5-10 more mins.

Meanwhile, I toasted the "muffin", and then sprinkled it with the vegan cheese, and then also put it in the oven for the cheese to melt.

And then I just put the tofu/tomato on the cheesy muffin, sprinkled a little more nutritional yeast, and walah, a vegan Egg-McMuffin.

OMG it was SO SO SO good. I can't even express HOW GOOD it was. If I had another English Muffin-y thing I would have eaten another one, and normally I try not to have too much of that fake gluten-free bread stuff.

I just want to make sure any readers understand that this is NOT a healthy recipe. Coconut oil is full of saturated fats--and while in its raw, uncooked form, it does have some benefits (raising good cholesterol which then fights bad cholesterol), once you heat it, these benefits are lost.

And since pretty much every other ingredient (besides the tomato) was 100% fake and super processed, there is ZERO argument for this being a healthy recipe. Trust me, it doesn't matter that it is vegan and gluten free. I think health wise, it is probably on the same level as a sausage egg mcmuffin (from McDonalds). I wouldn't even compare it to a regular egg-and-cheese muffin because I'm pretty sure those are healthier.

But I can say with pretty much complete abandon: I DON'T CARE. It was DELICIOUS, and I will definitely be making this recipe again.

We'll see what "after effects" I have to endure from eating all this fat and fake $hit, though . . . but oh man was it good.


A said...

OMG x 2! This sounds so GOOD! You are always up to something awesome in your kitchen!

Alyssa said...

Mmmm....now I want to go get a sausage McMuffin!

justadrienne said...

James had one (two) when he got home and was in a similar state of orgasmic pleasure.

Then we both slept for like 3 hours. LOL. Oh digestion.

Emmy said...

Sounds yummy!

I'm thinking of going gluten free (my mom's dr. thinks she has celiac disease- she'll find out on Tuesday) but am scared to death of giving that up! I am such a bread/pasta/foodie that I'm worried! I've been trying to buy some gluten free alternatives to try them out, so as to wean myself off.... any suggestions?

justadrienne said...

Yeah, there are great rice and/or quinoa pastas--they are obviously a little different but you get used to them pretty quickly.

There are good gluten-free breads but it will never be the same as "real" bread, unfortunately. You just have to experiment a lot and try a lot of things until you find something that works.

It also helps if you have a good gluten-free "bakery" or store anywhere in your area that you can visit. Keep me posted on your progress/other questions!!

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