Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vegan Bennies

I really love brunch. I especially love making brunch at home and enjoying it on a leisurely weekend morning. I know, I've probably said that a few million times before, but it's something I really look forward to. Sometimes we get so busy on the weekends or we forget to go to the market so there aren't enough ingredients. Usually those are the days we end up having biscuits for breakfast.

My new love, though, is vegan bennies. When I first brought home my copy of Vegan Brunch, that recipe immediately caught my eye. For some reason I brushed it off as too much trouble. I mean, look how cute it is in the book photo! That's kind of a silly way to think about it, really. These babies are super easy to make and don't really take that much time. It's just a matter of marinating some tofu and making a sauce. So easy.

I forgot to take a photo before we started eating so I made James stop mid-bite so I could get this one.

The first time I made these I really wanted to make the Potato Spinach Squares so I served them the english muffin way. I'd never had a benny before anyway, so I figured I should just go for the most common configuration for the first go-round anyway. The Potato Spinach Squares are super awesome, by the way. I make them as a side dish for dinner sometimes, too. I also did the whole thing of cutting out the tofu into little round pieces to fit on the english muffins. They were super cute, but seeing as how we don't really eat tofu that often at home anymore, I don't think I'll do it that way again because of how much tofu is leftover from the cutting.

The second time we made the bennies, I also made the Diner Home Fries from Vegan Brunch and just cut the tofu into little triangles perched on top of the potatoes. Okay, seriously, I should have just done this from the beginning. Not only were there no leftovers but holy cow, these potatoes are tasty!


I always end up with leftovers when I make these which is just fine by me. That means I can do a quick reheat the next morning and have a really nice breakfast on a Monday morning before work. That really helps get the day started nicely. We don't own a microwave so I can't vouch for that, but the bennies reheat nicely on the stovetop and in the oven. If you've been feeling intimidated by this recipe like I was, you really should try to make it. It's easy and comes together fast.

I think next time I'll add some spinach and maybe avocado to the bennies.  Yum!  Vegan Brunch, you win again!



  1. Yum, that looks awesome, I love brunch!

  2. It looks delish! Brunch is the best.
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  3. In the U.K, we don't have grub like Beanies, but regardless of that I've got this recipe bookmarked. For a post brunch - YUm.

  4. You should definitely try it, mangocheeks! I'd never had a benny before I tried this recipe so I had no idea what to expect either. It's quite tasty, though and it looks cute all stacked up!

  5. It looks delicious!I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this potato widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes with potatoes,Thanks!