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Holy smoke! I am really on a roll with these vegan meat things! This stuff is so easy & so delicious – I could hardly keep from eating it all before I could photograph it. I made the BBQ Honey Pulled Chicken in a crock-pot over a few hours but it could just as easily be simmered stove-top. I made the coleslaw to top it but it doesn’t need it. Both dishes have a few ingredients but all should be readily available & both dishes really just require that you throw everything together. So – vegans! Here is an awesome choice for Memorial Day!
I used one bag each of the Beyond Meat & the Simple Truth brands below. The others are just there as there examples of meatless chicken. I prefer the Beyond Meat brand & there is a coupon below for you to print & use.
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Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Coleslaw
Makes about 2 cups
1/4 head green cabbage (I used Napa) – chopped fine (I used the grater of my food processor)
1/4 head purple cabbage – chopped fine (I used the grater of my food processor)
2 carrots – grated
1/4 red bell pepper – grated or chopped
1/4 cup cilantro – chopped (optional – if you hate cilantro)
1 TBS chopped fresh mint
1 tsp grated ginger
1 TBS fresh lime juice
1/2 – 1 cup vegan mayo (or to taste – as some folks like wet coleslaw & others like it drier)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp (or more to taste) sriracha
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 TBS black sesame seeds (optional)
Mix everything together & adjust seasonings. Yup. Just that easy.
Vegan Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich
Makes about 4 decent-sized sandwiches
Bread or rolls
20 oz or so vegan chicken
2 TBS Agave nectar (or honey – if you are not vegan)
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 hoisin sauce (optional)
2 garlic cloves – minced
1 shallot or small onion – diced
1/2 tsp (or more to taste) crushed red pepper
1/4 cup Italian dressing
If using a crock-pot – just throw everything in there & let it simmer for a few hours. My crock-pot is little & has no settings so I do not know if the default is high or low – but this faux chicken doesn’t need COOKING so it isn’t really an issue. All you really want to do is simmer everything a while – even in a pan on your stove – for at least an hour. I let this sit for 3-4 hours. While it simmers, intermittently dig in there with two forks & shred the chicken up.
When you are ready to get your eat on – prep your bread, dump some of this awesomeness on there & maybe even top it with some slaw. Crack a cold one & get busy. Make a toast to the chickens out there that dodged a bullet because of your cruelty-free meal & let yourself feel pretty fucking superior for a while. Why not? Some shit is bound to happen – sooner or later – that will crash your buzz completely so why not revel in the good feelings when you can? Right? 🙂