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.