Smoky Tofu Bacon - Phase 2 - Vegan

Enjoy this vegan recipe in Phase 2 of The Fast Metabolism Diet Plan. Double this recipe if you like. 
You can put this in a lettuce cup, along with some shredded lettuce, shredded radish, bell pepper and make a bacon taco!

Smoky Tofu Bacon
Phase 2
Makes 2 standard servings

8 oz extra-firm or super-firm tofu
1/4 cup tamari
Pinch of stevia
1 T liquid smoke (be sure to read ingredients)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Drain the tofu. If not using vacuum packed super-firm tofu, wrap it in a clean towel and stack a heavy object (like a cast iron pan) on top of it to press out excess liquid. (Or, use a tofu press if you've got one). Leave the tofu to press while you measure out the other ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place a metal rack on top of a baking sheet. (If desired, put a piece of parchment on the baking sheet to catch drips, for easy cleanup).

Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

Cut the tofu into thin strips, approximately 1/8 inch thick. Take each tofu slice and dip it fully into the marinade, then place it on the prepared baking rack. Repeat until all of the tofu slices are dipped, spacing them out evenly on the rack. Set aside the excess marinade.

Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully flip each piece over and brush or dab the tops of each piece with the remaining marinade. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until browning around the edges and starting to take on a firm texture - it can burn quickly so keep a close eye on it. Remove from the oven and let cool. 

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