I thought that with the growing popularity of my new toast recipes, I would kick things off with a personal favourite of mine from this past month! Big Mac’s were once a favourite of mine growing up, and although I have no desire to go back to eating fast food from McDonald’s, this Big Mac sauce brings me right back to my youth!
There’s something special about the foods we ate as kids. It always brings back nostalgia of days past that were care-free, bill-free and about making (usually unhealthy) delicious food choices! Which is why bringing back this recipe years after going vegan was such a treat for me! It may still not be “healthy” by many standards, but at least it is vegan, can save you some money, and give you the freedom to choose the quality of ingredients you put into it!
Now that spring is around the corner, I find myself wanting to make quicker and lighter meals to keep my energy high and enjoy the weather more! And although “toast recipes” might not sound very romantic, they truly hit the spot, don’t leave you feeling over-full, AND they are some of the tastiest foods I can think of in a pinch. We all remember the days of coming home from school and whipping up something quick as an afternoon snack like pizza toast, bagels, granola bars and anything else packaged you can think of! This recipe is a throwback to that, but with an extra satisfying taste and quality!
I don’t know about everybody else, but I for one am ready to get spring underway after a particularly dreary winter. I hope you’re all making it through like we are, one cozy, comforting meal at a time! Now that we’re getting into the weekend, the emails are slowing down, most of our filming is wrapping up for the week, which leaves us more time to recharge and get inspired to make new recipes for the coming week. It’s interesting that when you allow yourself to actually slow down and take a little time off to unwind, all you really want to do is get back to work! For me, lately that motivation comes from the idea of making new toast recipes (among many others), for you all!
Now, after that seamless transition, let’s get in to how this recipe is made!
The original inspiration came to me after testing out of our friend John’s Big Mac Sauce recipe on his website @rescuedogkitchen. This sauce recipe is so similar to the Big Mac sauce I have implanted in my childhood memory, that I KNEW I had to make something with it ASAP. I had just come off from making two of my other favourite recipes over the winter — Jalapeño popper toast, and roasted tomato hummus toast. Both of which I hope to share here in the coming weeks! One thing led to another and all of a sudden it hit me – Big Mac toast! Looking back, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch. Considering the type of food I generally make, making a Big Mac in the form of toast seems like a natural progression! I can’t believe I never thought to do it before.
So! Here’s what to do:
Find the very best bread you can! I find that almost all recipes are 110% better if you start with the freshest ingredients possible. I used Liv’s homemade bread recipe that she made in the bread maker for Sunday Coffee at our place (I like homemade because I can slice the bread as thick as I want!)
Experiment with your favourite kinds of vegan cheese blends to top. For me, this changes all the time, but lately I like a mix of the Gusta and Violife to give a great melty texture!
Thinly chop your lettuce. I can’t tell you what a difference the way you chop your vegetables makes when it comes to texture and overall experience! No laying down a big chunk of iceberg lettuce.
Choose your favourite type of vegan “ground beef”. I kept it simple by frying it with nothing but a bit of oil and salt/pepper ahead of time, but feel free to season as you wish! I always go for either Lightlife or Beyond Meat!
For the fun part, layer on as much Big Mac Sauce you desire! Pro tip: make a double batch because you can put this stuff on EVERYTHING!