- Course: Breakfast
Vegan Corned Beef is perhaps one of our favorite dishes in the Bahamas. Corned beef is known in the Bahamas as ‘Fire Engine’. In Jamaica, corned beef is known as bully beef, and in the United States as corned beef.
Upon request, I have created a Vegan Corned Beef recipe for my vegan audience. As this is a vegan blog, in today’s recipe we will be using kidney beans to substitute the corned beef. Why kidney beans? Firstly, kidney beans possess a beautiful rustic red, providing a foolproof color, signature to corned beef. Kidney beans, regulate metabolism and heart health and helps with weight management. They are a good source of dietary fiber and lower cholesterol.
Traditional Breakfast of Corned Beef
This traditional breakfast is perhaps better known as steamed corned beef. It is a fundamental part of Bahamian culture and food. Corned beef is made with canned corned beef and a variety of diced vegetables. It is served with a generous heap of buttery grits or rice. The meal is one that will keep you full from the first mouthwatering bite until your next meal. Every household in The Bahamas knows this dish.
Usually eaten at breakfast, but like any good staple, this salty, spicy, savory comfort dish (or local hangover cure) may be savored at every meal of the day. The breadbasket, shelf-stable products that make up the dish’s main ingredients—corned beef, tomato paste, corn kernels, and seasoning. It is the grits or rice that keep costs down and energy levels up. Other Fire Engine ingredients are onion, bell pepper, celery, and tomatoes. These ingredients, are readily available in food shops or can be simply harvested locally. Potatoes, cabbage, and carrots are sometimes added to stretch.
Notably, a Fire Engine dinner is inexpensive to prepare. This meal keeps you full and toasty for a while, or until you’re ready to eat another helping.
If you are at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, or heart attacks, corned beef should be consumed in moderation due to its high salt content. It is also high in fat and cholesterol and contains no fiber. A lot of people that eat corned beef, also suffer from constipation.
Kidney beans do not have the side effects found in corned beef. It is the perfect substitute for people to enjoy this meal without all the side effects. Beans are our meat and are a great protein dish.
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