This week, my friend Bridgette and I talked a bit about comfort food. On her blog over at Feed Your Purpose, she came out as a closet McDonald’s french fry eater. It’s her “go to binge”, a way of “refueling” after singing performances. So this brings up a good question: What is comfort food exactly? Let’s face it. We all need comfort! But is there a way to sort of pre-empt the unhealthy choices we sometimes make in the moment? Fat, carbs, salt. It’s what she’s craving in that moment. Is it possible to have something else on hand, that will be equally as satisfying, but doesn’t leave a sense of guilt afterwards?
Knowing that she’s supporting corporate geed, big agri-business and alot of animal slaughter doesn’t seem to stop her. And seeing that the large fries hold 500 empty calories doesn’t stop her either. I hope you’ll check out her post (by clicking here) … It’s quite entertaining, and a very poignant look at food addiction.
As for myself, going to the Golden Arches for an Egg McMuffin (“no meat”) and Hash Browns (note plural) was a pretty common occurrence back in my days as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. McDonalds is right next to OfficeMax and Kmart, and our main grocery shopping district. Going to Micky D’s for breakfast was a way to get us out of the house early for errand running on Sundays. Before the church crowd let out, and the stores became unbearable. When we went vegan, I remember Spencer’s sigh the first time he realized there’d be no more Golden Arches runs before Cost-U-Less.
So this morning, I decided I would make my own healthier, veganized Golden Arches breakfast. With 18 grams of protein, it’s a powerful way to start your day. Plus, as opposed to the egg version, I’ve also saved myself 230 grams of cholesterol. And let’s not get into the chicks …
Best of all, it hit the comfort spot !!!! And to quote my friend Bridgette, Au Revoir Micky D’s, you aren’t getting a penny from me !!
Click here for my favorite Baked Home Fries recipe from PotatoGoodness.com. We usually use 50/50 melted Earth Balance and Olive Oil, and we sprinkle with rosemary instead of thyme.
Black Himalayan Crystal Salt can be found on My Amazon Store and is suggested for it’s characteristic sulfurous hard-boiled egg aroma.
- Tofu Marinade:
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons apple cidar vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon liquid aminos
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon black himalayan crystal salt, (or fine sea salt)
- 1 pound tofu, firm (vaccuum packed), drained
- 4 english muffins
- 4 Tofutti American Soy-Cheeze Slices
- Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl with fitted lid. Shake until combined.
- Cut 1 pound tofu block lengthwise into 3-4 slabs, depending on how thick you want your "egg" and how many McMuffins you wish to make. Using a 3" biscuit cutter, cut tofu into rounds. Marinade tofu for 30 minutes (or overnight) in the marinade. Reserve marinade for additional breakfasts.
- Place tofu rounds in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drizzle lightly with the marinade. Fry until nicely browned, 3 minutes. Flip, drizzle with additional marinade, and cook until the other side is browned.
- Place one tofu round with one cheese slice between english muffin halves. Microwave, covered, for 30 seconds, until the cheeze melts. Alternately, warm in a preheated oven.