A New York lawyer's adventures with animal-free eating
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.