Vegan McMuffins & Hash Browns

Back in my pre-vegan days, I was a big fan of McDonald’s Egg McMuffins with Canadian bacon. When I used to go to vegan potlucks in New Jersey, I wanted to bring something to wow the crowd during brunch meetups. Making a healthier, cruelty-free Vegan McMuffin was easier than I imagined. Finding hash browns that looked and tasted almost identical to McDonald’s hash browns in the local grocery store was also easy to find.

Vegan McMuffins
1-2 blocks of extra-firm tofu (depending on how many McMuffins you want to make)
olive oil
turmeric
vegan cheddar cheese (I prefer Daiya)
whole wheat English muffins
Yves Meatless Canadian Bacon

Slice the blocks of tofu into 3-4 sections each (approximately 1 inch thick or desired thickness). Using a round cookie cutter or glass, cut the tofu slices into circles. Spray olive oil on a heated skillet and place the slices of tofu on it to cook. Sprinkle turmeric on one side of each tofu slice to give it the yellow “egg-yolk” look. Spray olive oil on the turmeric-spiced slices. Flip over and cook the other side as well until it is slightly browned. When the tofu is almost done, sprinkle vegan cheese on each slice. You may want to use a lid to put over them to help with the melting process. Remove from the skillet when the cheese is done melting.

Meanwhile on a separate skillet (or before you start the tofu if you only have one skillet), spray a little olive oil and place the sliced halves of the English muffins face down to become slighted browned (only on the inside though). Cook for a few minutes on low to medium heat and remove before they start to burn.

When you have space on either pan free, warm up slices of the Yves Meatless Canadian Bacon. Since these are pre-cooked, they don’t take long to heat so watch carefully so they don’t overcook.

When everything is cooked, assemble the McMuffin: bottom of English muffin, Canadian bacon slice next, then tofu with cheese, and lastly the top of English muffin.

For the hash browns, just follow the directions on the back of whatever brand you buy. It’s usually easy to heat them up in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Serve everything with salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Vegan McMuffin with hash brown