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Breadless BLT+ (Bonus: Snap Pea Salad)

Lettuce is an awesome substitute for bread in many dishes.
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Fork? Hand? Use whatever it takes!

Don't let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

Don’t let the leftover lettuce go to waste!

Breadless BLT+

1 large onion, sliced
Olive oil
Romaine lettuce leaves
Organic smoky tempeh strips*
Pine nuts, toasted
1 large tomato, sliced
Fresh ground pepper

This simple dinner is another example of how to add 1 or 2 indulgent ingredients in small quantities to add tons of flavor to a healthy meal. Those 2 ingredients are olive oil and toasted pine nuts. A little goes a long way!

You could eat this on bread and add boring calories. Or you can transfer those calories to flavor the onions in a little olive oil and add toasted pine nuts which take this BLT to a whole new level.

If you’re freaked out by vegan bacon (and you shouldn’t be!), substitute either lean turkey bacon or baked beans. You could even lightly glaze thinly sliced chicken in barbecue sauce with a few drops of Liquid Smoke. (*3 slices of this tempeh bacon is only 100 calories, 3 grams of unsaturated fat and 4 grams of fiber!)

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Saute the thinly sliced onion in a tablespoon of olive oil until it’s soft and starts to brown. Remove the onion and keep warm. Use the same skillet to brown both sides of the tempeh strips to your liking. I like mine a little overcooked.

Slice the tomatoes and top with cracked pepper. Wash and thoroughly pat dry several lettuce leaves. Place these cold ingredients in the fridge until just ready to plate.

Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet until you can smell their aroma. Don’t take your eyes off them or they will burn! Immediately pour the toasted nuts into a bowl away from the heat.

Layer the lettuce on a plate and top with cooked onions, fakin’ bacon, tomato and pine nuts. 

Snap Pea Salad

Romaine lettuce, chopped
Orange bell pepper, diced
Cold snap peas, cut into thirds with kitchen shears
Tomatoes, sliced
Vegan homemade ranch dressing (recipe here)

This is how you can have a beautiful table full of color! A water rich diet is the key to a healthy way of life.

Calories are in the concentrated flavor enhancers (i.e. pine nuts, olive oil, bacon strips, and dressing) with the bulk of the meal containing water rich ingredients.

If you sacrifice flavor to be healthy or lose weight, you will never be able to maintain it. These simple strategies lead to a lifestyle you can sustain forever.

"Quiet your inner critic daily."


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