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Product Review: Apple Pie Larabar

So, I finally made it over to the co-op to pick up some more Larabars.

Today I tried the Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabar. While I didn’t love it as much at the Coconut Cream Larabar, it was still pretty solid. It tasted a bit like a peanut butter cookie, which is always a good thing, trust… I wasn’t a huge fan of the jelly flavor (it’s actually cherries), but again, it certainly wasn’t bad (and I’m a strawberry jam kinda girl). This bar is made from dates, peanuts, and unsweetened cherries. Fiber, protein, gluten free and vegan!!

These bars seem to be light years ahead of other bars!!

Verdict: Really liked it. I need to get over to the co-op soon, because I’m running out of these bars!!! I especially love that they are gluten free and vegan, which makes things oh so easy for me. These bars are perfect for when I’m going out but have no idea if there will be anything I can eat… which happens kinda often, really.

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Product Review: Gardein Chick’n Scallopini

I’ve used these to make everything from nachos to butter curry “chicken” to “chicken” parm, etc. Basically anything that you would use chicken for, you can use this for with great results. I LOVE Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini. Like most similar fake meat products, these little chicken breasts soak up sauces very well for some truly fabulous flavorful dishes. Even non-veg people agree that the taste and texture is quite similar to actual meat.

Verdict: I use these all the time and will continue to do so. I recommend these to others regularly.

Product Review: Tabatchnick Barley & Mushroom Soup

I’m constantly on the lookout for vegan frozen lunches, just because they’re so much more convenient (and usually cheaper) than other options. I recently tried Tabatchnick Barley & Mushroom Soup and was a big fan.

The package has 2 frozen pouches in it, but I found that I needed to eat both to get a decent meal. When combined with some bread, it was great! Good flavor, pretty hearty… what’s not to like?

Verdict: I’ll definitely get this again.

Product Review: Aunt Trudy’s Vegan Mushroom & Leek Fillo Pocket

I ran across Aunt Trudy’s Vegan Mushroom & Leek Fillo Pocket a couple of weeks ago at my local Hannaford. It’s always exciting to me when I find something vegan for lunches, so I picked up several of them.

I must admit, I was excited to try this sandwich for dinner – I love leeks and mushrooms, and the picture on the package made it look fabulous. Unfortunately, that was not at all how it turned out… It pretty much looked like a big sloppy mess. The fillo dough practically disintegrated, and the inside was dark green/brown mush.

It was unappetizing enough that I almost didn’t eat it after all. But I decided to at least try it. Which was a mistake. It was not good. It wasn’t horrible, but it was barely acceptable. And I have really low standards for food. I eat everything! Needless to say, I had a few bites, then stopped.

All was not lost, however. I had some fabulous Haagen Daaz mango sorbet in the freezer, so I had that for dinner. 🙂

Verdict: Meh. I wouldn’t try this variety again.

Product Review: Super Kohinoor Awadhi Aloo Mutter and Pillsbury Roti

As you may know, I ❤ Indian food, especially Aloo Mutter. I may (aka, definitely did) have referred to the eating experience as orgasmic. Yum.

Anyway, anytime I see a vegan Indian product I haven’t seen before, I grab it. Recently, I tried Kohinoor Awadhi Aloo Mutter and Pillsbury Ready to Puff Roti – the Roti I found at an Indian market in Ozone Park, Queens.

The Aloo Mutter was really good. A touch hot, excellent spices. I could’ve used a little more sauce, but this was an excellent (and super fast) dish.

As for the Roti… Apparently there are a lot of reviews for Pillsbury Roti online, saying that they only puff up partially. Well, I didn’t know that, and I thought I was just being dumb. Oh well.

All of those reviews were right – the roti only puffed up a little bit. It was fun to do it, though, and the flavor was pretty good!

Verdict: I would definitely get the Aloo Mutter again. The Roti was fun for the novelty factor, but I’ll make my own…

Product Review: Sweet & Sara’s S’more

Who doesn’t love a s’more? For me, they bring back memories of Girl Scout camp. And Barbie doll roasts in the backyard. That was my brother, not me. If you’ve never seen a Barbie roast, it’s a sight to behold. Because she’s so top-heavy, once her abdomen gets too thin, she just topples over and kisses her feet as she burns. And when my brother and his friends ran out of Barbies, they started on our My Little Ponys. Bastards.

Anyway. Sweet & Sara sent me some of their products to try recently, for which I am very grateful! I’ll be addressing the different kinds of (wonderful) marshmallows they have another day. But today, I want to talk about their s’more.

The s’more is good sized – about the size of my palm. It’s covered with a fairly thin dark chocolate shell. There’s a sizeable chunk of really excellent vanilla flavored marshmallow. Then the base of the s’more is a graham cracker like cookie. Overall, I liked the s’more. My only problem with it was that the cookie was a little too thick – it was kinda hard to bite through. The flavor of the cookie was alright, if somewhat bland. I’m not a huge graham cracker person anyway, though, so it’s probably just me…

Verdict: I would get these again!

Product Review: So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt in Vanilla

As you know, I loves me some yogurt. Mmmm. Anyway, I saw that my regular grocery store had some So Delicious yogurt, so I grabbed some.

It was alright. It was really really thin, which is weird for a yogurt, but not super unusual for a vegan yogurt. However, it’s much thinner than the Soy Live! yogurt I tried a couple of weeks ago. The taste was fine. It was vanilla. Not my favorite, but that’s what was in stock. I didn’t really taste any coconut flavor coming through like you can with this brand’s fabulous ice creams.

Verdict: I might get it again, if I was in a yogurt mood and the store I was in didn’t have any other kind (aka, my regular grocery store).

Product Review: Silk Live! Soy Yogurt in Key Lime

I love yogurt. I’ve eaten it, off and on, almost every day for many years. So I was sad when I went vegan, because I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to find anything to replace it. But Silk Live! Soy Yogurt makes a great replacement.

Key Lime is probably my favorite yogurt flavor. And I was getting a little pathetic because I couldn’t find any Key Lime vegan yogurt. Luckily, I saw this at the co-op yesterday and picked up a few.

I find non-cow-milk yogurts to be generally runnier and thinner than cow-milk yogurts. Not necessarily a bad thing. Silk yogurt is less runny/thin than other vegan yogurts I’ve tried, which give it a nice yogurty feel. Taste-wise, this is comparable to any of the cow-milk yogurts I’ve tried (which is many). It had some very nice key lime flavor without going overboard. It tastes more natural than the average cow-milk yogurt, because it is.

Verdict: This will become a regular part of my breakfast routine. It was quite good!

Product Review: Pete’s Stirfry Tofu n’ Sauce

Pete’s Stirfry Tofu n’ Sauce started with such promise. It’s pre-cut up chunks of tofu, marinated in a sauce that can be combined with whatever veggies you want for a super quick meal.

I stirfried the tofu mix with some veggies, and I was all set for a great meal. The sauce was really good. It had the perfect amount of both sesame and ginger.

But the tofu was like biting into rubber. It really hadn’t soaked up any of the flavor at all, and was kinda like chewing on gum. It’s too bad, really, since this had so much promise…

Verdict: I probably won’t get it again. The tofu killed it for me. 😦

Product Review: Soy Boy Ravioli Verde

Since I’m relatively new to this whole vegan thing, I try new things all the time. One of my most recent ventures was Soy Boy Ravioli Verde. Now, I am a Soy Boy person. I prefer their tofus (both in bulk and baked), so I wanted to try their other stuff.

The Ravioli Verde is really good. It’s perfect to keep on hand for a last minute meal, or for those times when you just can’t think of anything to cook or don’t want to. It cooks up in about 10 minutes (including the time to boil the water).

The “verde” is supplied by spinach and herbs. The ravioli is well seasoned, not boring (as ravioli can sometimes be). And this ravioli is so much better for you than traditional ravioli! It’s low fat, low sodium, dairy-free, no cholesterol…

Verdict: Tasty, quick, and healthy. Winner! I’ll definitely be keeping this in my freezer.

Product Review: Purely Decadent Chocolate Obsession

Sorry I’ve been away… my husband’s father was unexpectedly in the hospital this last week. Anyway… back to your regularly scheduled programming.

I recently went to a birthday party for a 2 year old and his lovely (and vegan accommodating) parents! When we weren’t watching Will bludgeon other children with the foam swords we got him, I was sampling the great vegan foods his parents bought/made for me… including this Purely Decadent Chocolate Obsession ice cream by Turtle Mountain.

Now, I’m not a huge chocolate person. But this shizz is fricking AMAZING. It’s chocolate ice cream with some chocolate sauce and delicate chocolate flakes. That sounds like a lot of chocolate, but its the perfect amount. It’s smooth, creamy and full of awesome wonderfulness.

Verdict: I will definitely get this again. Hopefully not so often that I gain back the weight I’ve lost, but I can’t make any promises. Thank you Kristin and Jason for introducing me to this!!

 

Product Review: Rice Dream Chocolate Nutty Bar


So, the other day at the co-cop, I saw these great little individually wrapped Rice Dream Chocolate Nutty Bars. I love it when companies sell things individually wrapped so I don’t have to spend $6 on a half gallon of ice cream that it turns out I don’t like (that just happened, sigh)! Naturally, I grabbed one. And because I couldn’t resist, I ate it before dinner that night. The dark chocolate outside was good enough (I’m not a fan of dark chocolate), but I thought it was a little too bitter and overpowering. The peanuts were peanuts. Not a whole lot to say about them. The chocolate ice cream itself was nice and creamy, but definitely tasted of rice milk. Not in a bad way though.

Verdict: I’d probably get these again to ease an ice cream craving.

Product Review: Field Roast deli slices

I love sandwiches. Especially when I don’t have to make them. I can’t help it, I’m a lazy fuck. But I like them when I do make them as well. I guess.

Not being able to go to the deli for lunch meat any more, I picked up a package of Field Roast lunch “meat,” in Lentil Sage flavor. I made a sandwich with a sandwich tortilla, hummus, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, and the Lentil Sage deli slices. It was alright. It actually tasted substantially like the sandwich tortilla, which was disappointing. The texture was good, but the taste was boring. And I like sage!

Verdict: Meh. I’ll take Tofurky slices over these any day (they’re cheaper too!). Or just make my own seitan slices… (the cheapest!)

Product Review: Sunergia Soy Bleu Cheeze

As a new vegan, I’m making it my business to try all of the vegan cheese I can find. Some is good, some is not so good. But Sunergia Soy Bleu is definitely one of the winners.

I’m one of those people who, pre-vegan, always ate Blue Cheese dressing with things… chicken wings, pizza, etc. I LOVE blue cheese. So, when I went vegan, I fully expected that I was giving up blue cheese. I mean, how can you possibly replicate that, right? Well, Sunergia has done a pretty good job.

I ordered some pizza and buffalo “chicken” wings from my local pizza shop, and I had picked up the Soy Bleu and Soy Feta Meditteranean Herb to try not long before that. So, I decided to make some blue cheese dressing to go with it.

It has a good texture – there are seeds or something in it that are different, but good! And the taste – I think it’s very close to blue cheese.

I mixed my blue cheese chunks with some Vegenaise and voila! Vegan blue cheese dressing.

Verdict: Good texture, great taste. Awesome. Loved it, and will definitely be repeating.

Product Review: Cranberry & Stuffing Tofurky Deli Slices

You may have tried some of the sandwich slices that Tofurky sells. I’m busy working my way through the different types, and I thought I’d take a minute to review them as I try them. Today I’m reviewing the Cranberry & Stuffing Tofurky Deli Slices.

First off, the slices feel like deli meat. I mean, they feel like processed deli meat, but whatever. They’re sliced quite thinly. The flavor is really good – it does taste somewhat like cranberry and stuffing.

As you can see, I layered mine with some actual cranberry sauce that I just smushed on there. In the future, I would probably mix it with a little bit of Veganaise, to give it a creamier texture.

Verdict: Really, really good. It reminded me alot of regular deli meat, but without the cruelty and death.

Product Review: Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabar

After my awesome encounter with the Coconut Cream Pie Larabar the other day, I’m really excited to try the other flavors.

Today I tried the Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabar. While I didn’t love it as much at the Coconut Cream Larabar, it was still pretty solid. It tasted a bit like a peanut butter cookie, which is always a good thing, trust… I wasn’t a huge fan of the jelly flavor (it’s actually cherries), but again, it certainly wasn’t bad (and I’m a strawberry jam kinda girl). This bar is made from dates, peanuts, and unsweetened cherries. Fiber, protein, gluten free and vegan!!

These bars seem to be light years ahead of other bars!!

Verdict: Really liked it. I need to get over to the co-op soon, because I’m running out of these bars!!! I especially love that they are gluten free and vegan, which makes things oh so easy for me. These bars are perfect for when I’m going out but have no idea if there will be anything I can eat… which happens kinda often, really.

Product Review: Turtle Island Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh

So last night was the last dinner with my brother and sister-in-law, who are here from St. Louis until this afternoon… Accordingly, I wanted to take another opportunity to make sure they knew that vegan eating isn’t bland, icky eating. 🙂 I love Indian food, and they seemed open to it, so I moved forward.

I’ve loved pretty much every Turtle Island product I’ve gotten, and the Coconut Curry Marinated Tempeh was no exception. It had a very light coconut flavor, and it mixed really well with other Indian flavors. Perfect for mixing into sauces!

Verdict: I will definitely be getting this one again.

I sauteed it in a bit of olive oil, then worked on prepping the rest of the meal.

First I prepared the Kitchens of India Butter Curry Chicken (sans chicken).

Then I went to work on the Kitchens of India Vegetable Biryani. Both dishes can be prepped and ready to go in about 25 minutes. And these 2 pastes pack an AMAZING flavor punch. They are SO good!!

After it was ready, I threw it all together. A flavorful, easy meal in less than a half hour! 🙂

Product Review: Coconut Cream Pie Larabar

I’ve heard rave reviews about Larabars from most of the people who run healthy blogs locally… so last night at Hannaford, I decided to grab one of each kind they had – Coconut Cream Pie, Cashew Cookie, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and Chocolate Coconut Chew.

I tried that Coconut Cream Pie Larabar today for breakfast, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with it. For serious. It’s amazing. Unlike lots of other bars, it’s actually pretty soft (as opposed to rock hard) and it looks pretty good. The bar is made from dates, coconut, almonds, and cashews, so it’s got fiber, protein and that extra important ingredient – flavor! It really reminded me of a coconut cream pie! But healthy!

And the bars are all gluten free, soy free, non-genetically modified, vegan and kosher!! What’s not to love!?

Verdict: LOVED it. I’m going to the co-op to pick up the rest of the flavors ASAP.

Product Review: Purely Decadent in Mocha Almond Fudge

I got the new kind of Purely Decadent that’s made with coconut milk, and that flavor was pretty pervasive in the ice cream. However, the ice cream was great. The texture was a tad grainy, but it didn’t distract from the flavor. The ice cream tasted like regular mocha ice cream, with a fudge sauce running through it and slivered almonds.

Verdict: Loved it. I’ll definitely be getting this again.

Product Review: Gardein Santa Fe Good Stuff

Note: I tried this almost immediately after I went vegetarian, so take that for what you will.

I was not a fan of Gardein Santa Fe Good Stuff. The “chicken” itself had good texture, but I thought it tasted like a rubber dog toy. The flavor was not good. I was hoping to mask the flavor of the “chicken” by covering it with the sauce and just eating more of the stuffing, but that wasn’t very good either. I didn’t finish that serving, and I didn’t eat the other pouch (the package comes with 2 pouches).

Verdict: I’d have to be reeeeeeeeally hungry to eat this again.

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