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vegetarian faux sardines

Yep, you are reading it right. Sardines? Homaygawd?!? Nope, this is not what you are thinking. This is something very simple and easy.  Today, i will share something we tried a couple of days ago. I must mention that none of our aquatic friends were hurt during the making of this dish :p. Of course, none of them and our other friends, that’s why I’m vegetarian.  Also, I love Bruce, the very witty shark and his quote of “Fish are friends, not food.”

So here’s what happened, in the evening we cooked some bbq gluten and little did we know and that we don’t have any stocks of fresh veggies and tofu among other stuff. It’s a must to always check your stocks before cooking at night as we have very limited fresh markets here in the Philippines. Well, lesson learned.  We tried to improvised and by that, we used the ingredients that we have. Creativity comes when you are hungry sometimes :) This is what we are able to come up with.

our vegetarian faux sardines


4 cloves of garlic – crushed, 1 whole onion – sliced, a can of baked beans (any brand and should just be tomato based), 4 or 5 nori seaweed sheets – cut into strips (depends on the size of your baked beans)

How to cook:

In a medium skillet put at least 2 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the garlic. Once golden, add the onions until they are bit caramelized. Add the baked beans and make sure not to crush the beans. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add the seaweed strips. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally. I noticed that the seaweeds will most likely melt so make sure that you don’t overcook and leave at least some seaweeds strips, like that on the photo. I am not good with measuring ingredients so please feel free to experiment as per your needs.

I call this dish vegetarian faux sardines” because adding the seaweeds to a can of baked beans with tomato sauce kinda resemble a sardines, only healthier :).  

Happy eating! :)


Did you try this dish? If so, let me know what you think? I’m happy to hear your experience.


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3 thoughts on “vegetarian faux sardines

  1. Sarap! Will definitely try!!!

  2. scottmathiasraw on said: a RAW food eater only I think I can adapt this to meet my needs :) check out my RAW sandwich

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