Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lunch in the oven

Today is my Dad's birthday. He would have been 61 if he hadn't died 5 years ago of metastisized colon cancer that had spread to his lungs. Although no one seems to really know what causes cancer, there is plenty of research that shows that diet free of animal products can reduce your chances of getting it. Check out the China Study or Crazy Sexy Life for more information about vegan diets and cancer.

Enough of the depressing stuff, here's my tribute to Dad's favorite summertime dinner, "lunch in the oven." I don't know where the name comes from. It's just what we always called it. It does come from the oven, but we usually had it for dinner.

I'm not sure if Dad would have liked the veganized gluten-free version of "lunch in the oven," but here it is anyway, and I think it's pretty freakin' awesome even with the weird rice bread.

Lunch in the oven:

2 slices of crappy white bread (or some lovely gluten free rice bread)
4 slices of fresh summer ripe tomato
Sprinkle of vegan Bacon Salt
2 slices of vegan cheese (whatever is closest to American cheese)
4 slices smoked tofu fried in a little canola oil

Toast bread. Top with tomato, sprinkle on bacon salt, top with vegan cheese and tofu then broil until cheese is melty. About 5 minutes, but check it often.

Cut in half and enjoy.


DJ Karma said...

Great way to remember your dad's birthday!

Yeah, I became vegan initially b/c of my mom's colon cancer and the higher risk of inheriting it.

At least we're doing what we can with the food we eat, which I think is a lot!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Aww, what a lovely tribute!

Jeni Treehugger said...

I so have to get me some of that.
I was so sad reading the first part of your post but this was such a lovely way to remember your dad by. I reckon he would have loved your vegan version simply because it was made with such love.

vegan.in.brighton said...

What a great way to remember your dad. That food looks awesome, I want to try it!

Sal said...

That is a lovely tribute to your dad and it look delicious too!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

What a thoughtful post. The sandwich looks delicious, too!

Tara said...

This is such a nice way to remember your dad!

For the Love of Guava said...

what a delicious looking tribute lady! **HUGS**

Jen said...

food is a great way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones. i think it's really awesome of you to veganize it too!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

This is a fantastic post!