Facon Tastes Pretty Good
Facon – or fake bacon – nuke some and make a quick FLT (Facon, Lettuce and Tomato) today
Ishpeming, Michigan – February 7, 2014 – Facon, or vegetarian bacon, can be a decent substitute if you’re watching your calories and fat intake — it almost tastes like bacon.
MorningStar Farms “bacon strips” are a vegetarian bacon-like strip that looks a little like pink and white PlayDough. It also looks like dog treats. I’m not sure which comparison grosses me out more.
I’ve been eating better lately and so the standard candied maple bacon is off the menu (It actually should be off the menu forever since it isn’t a healthy food under any circumstances).
Vegetarian bacon is the obvious next choice as a breakfast meat. MorningStar Farms makes a pretty good imitation, but it’s still not bacon.
MorningStar Farms vegetarian bacon is the only brand I’ve found locally.
If you’re looking for bacon and you try vegetarian bacon as a substitute, the brand does not matter, you are going to be disappointed. There is no bacon alternative that is as good as the real thing.
Vegetarian bacon is definitely better for your diet than real bacon. The vegetarian bacon strips have about one-third less calories, fat and sodium. They also have no cholesterol compared to bacon’s 18 mg of cholesterol.
The texture is both crispy and soft – almost like the real thing. The taste is different, of course, but it has a nice smoky flavor that is close to a smoked bacon. As I noted above, the appearance is a little freaky. If it really bothers you, though, you could hide this in a sandwich and probably be satisfied with the way it tastes.
So far, my family eats facon in breakfast sandwiches and FLT’s (Facon, Lettuce and Tomatoes). Everyone in my family has gotten over the unsettling appearance of the vegetarian bacon and will even snack on it right out of the microwave.
Facon. It tastes a lot better than it looks. If you’re watching your calories and fat intake or your sodium, you could give this a try as an alternative to bacon.
Feel free to comment below and let me know how (or if) you incorporate vegetarian or vegan items in your diet.