Food Review: Lightlife Smart Bacon

One of the things I miss the most about not eating meat anymore is bacon. To be blunt, I f$#kin’ loved to eat bacon. I know it’s gross but I could eat nearly a whole package. I put it on everything too, from burgers to salads and everything in between. I even ate it in sandwich form with bread, mayo and bacon. No BLT’s here, just bacon!

So I was really looking forward to finding an alternative. Lightlife has been very consistent so I was excited to try Lightlife Smart Bacon. I tried it in a variety of ways and have to say, some of the experiences were better than others.

Alone, I’m not 100% digging it. I cooked it two ways, in the microwave and in a pan. The pan way was definitely better, but both ways reminded me of jerky. The pan way was a little less jerky-like as it had more of a crunch. The crunch though was not the same, bacon has a crispness to it, crunchiness is way different and was a bit unpleasant.

I added a few strips to a sandwich, a BLT. When put together with other ingredients, the Smart Bacon was very enjoyable. I cooked it in the microwave for the sandwich, and it had a bit more chewiness to it which worked great for the sandwich.

I also crumbled up some strips from the pan and added it to a salad. It was great and works fantastically as a bacon crumble.

I would definitely buy and eat this again, but will be keeping my eye out for other bacon-like products to see if one is a little closer to the real thing.

5 Comments

  1. Have you tried MorningStar bacon? It’s delicious. It reminds me most of the real thing, and I’ve been vegetarian since ‘09. It’s the same cost of not cheaper and it’s even rated the best brand vegetarian bacon.

  2. frontier spices makes great fake bacon bits, easliy made into a sandwich or stuck to a veg burger with some vegenaise. YUM. Comes in a jar, or some stores have it in bulk spices.

  3. Haven’t found a great bacon substitute yet, but have you tried the Quorn stuff? It’s not terrible.

  4. I’m a horrible person but… I had bacon this morning (and yesterday!) and it was delicious. :-)

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