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Vegan Bacon Bits - Hell Yeah It's Vegan!
Once upon a time, I ran out of bacon bits. I know what you’re thinking. Bacon bits? Really? Blame it on my thick Midwestern blood, but I’ve been known to shake them onto mashed potatoes, baked beans, and straight into my mouth. I ain’t ashamed. Anyway, out into the city I ventured in search of salty, smoky goodness. When I arrived at the nearest grocery store, I located the placeholder for bacon bits. The. Shelf. Was. Empty. What kind of self-respecting American supermarket is ever out of bacon bits?! Seriously. Enter Plan B: the co-op around the corner from my apartment. Oh wait, what’s that? Twelve dollars a pound for the most ubiquitous, devoid-of-nutrition food on the planet that’s probably going to give me cancer anyway? For real? Before we know it, we’re going to be switching to bacon bits as our national currency. I visibly recoiled and returned home empty-handed. One thing I often notice in vegan cooking is that, in veganizing traditional American foods, many vegans substitute healthy ingredients for unhealthy ones. This is all fine and well, and if health factors heavily into why you’re a vegan, good for you! However, I sometimes find that veganized recipes …