My husband loves cheese, fruit and bacon. This dish combines his love of all three, minus the dairy (which he can’t have) and the meat (which he is cutting from his diet).
It’s easy, smoky, cheesy and VEGAN!
Preparation time: 30 minutes
1-2 large skillets (I used a large cast iron for the apple and spinach and a large flat griddle pan for the tempeh)
4 baking potatoes, cleaned and dried (I used organic, russet, medium sized potatoes)
6 oz. Lightlife Foods Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh chopped into 1 inch pieces (see notes on what to do if you can’t find this)
2 apples (I used medium sized honeycrisp)
1 bag (5 oz) fresh spinach (I used the organic Whole Foods brand)
2 tablespoons olive oil (or your choice of high heat cooking oil), divided
Bake your potatoes however you wish. I prefer to “bake” mine in the microwave for this recipe. My microwave potato how-to: Poke holes around the potato with a fork. Place on a microwaveable plate for 20-25 minutes. I usually slice mine in half about halfway through cooking for more even cooking.
While potatoes are baking, make a double recipe of my Easy Vegan Smoky Cheddar “Cheese” Sauce. (Simply double the ingredients and blend!). Set aside.
Core the apples and cut into small chunks.
Place the apples in a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of of the olive oil. Cook on medium-high heat until the apples start to soften and slightly brown, about 10 minutes.
Add the spinach to the apples and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook the apples and the spinach mixture until the spinach wilts, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.
Place the tempeh on the griddle pan (or skillet) with the other tablespoon oil on medium heat. Cook until the pieces are heated through and slightly brown on the edges, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Assemble potatoes: Cut them in half and spoon about 2-3 tablespoons of “cheddar” onto each. Top with some of the apple and spinach mixture. Next, top with with some tempeh. Drizzle with a little more “cheddar”.
Serve and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks:
Can’t find the Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh? Buy regular tempeh, chop into thin, 1 inch pieces and then marinate it in about 1 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce or liquid aminos for about 15-20 minutes, or longer.
Instead of honeycrisp apples, try a different variety.