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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.
Sometimes you just want to eat something that reminds you of being a kid. Gardein’s Crispy Tenders are perfect for those times.
These little guys are pretty good. Not fabulous, but solidly good. Much like their meat counterparts, you’re like “I wonder what’s in these…” But because Gardein products are vegan, you don’t have to worry much. These are super easy to prepare – just pop them in the oven or toaster oven for a bit, then they’re ready to go. They’re excellent for dipping into prepared sauces, or for covering with buffalo sauce and using in a sandwich… whatever you like.
Verdict: I get these pretty regularly.
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…
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!
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).
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!
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.
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! 🙂
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.
Awhile back, I decided to give Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh a try, and Ed agreed to give it a go with me. First, I pan-fried a few pieces to go with some vegan pancakes (which turned out more like crepes). The flavor is good – quite close to bacon, I thought. The texture is quite similar to thick cut bacon. Even Ed thought it was alright, which is saying alot. Him being willing to eat something is quite a testament to how good it is (he’s super picky).
Later that day I decided I wanted something I hadn’t had in forever — a BLT. Unfortunately, I was out of lettuce, so it was more like a VBT: Vegenaise, “bacon,” and tomatoes. Again, the flavor was really good. With Vegenaise and tomatoes fresh from our garden, it was a fabulous, fast, and easy meal.
Verdict: Very good. This will probably become a fairly regular part of my diet when I want something super easy and fast to throw together.
I’ve been on a roll, testing all sorts of new products. I’ve been liking some of the Gardein products that have come out recently. They’re definitely better than some of the older, more established products in terms of texture.
With regard to the Burgundy Trip, the taste of the “beef” was alright. Not particularly beefy, but not bad. Good texture tho. And the rice was cooked very well, considering it’s supposed to be microwaved. The sauce was meh. Not great. Nothing special at all. Boring, really. It just didn’t have good flavor.
Verdict: I would definitely eat these again, but I would definitely dress them up with my own sauces and seasonings… I bet this would taste good with a homemade BBQ sauce or a steak sauce to mask the meh flavor.
I found Yves Heart’s Desire Meatless Beef Strips at our local Hannaford the other day. My husband bought some beef, so we decided to have fajitas for dinner last night. I sauteed the strips in olive oil with onions, green peppers, banana peppers and mushrooms, then added my favorite “mexican” seasoning (I make from scratch, so it’s gluten free).
While I didn’t think the strips tasted particularly beefy, they could definitely pass for it when in a strong seasoning. They picked up alot of the flavor from the spices. The look and texture were great – very meat-like. I will definitely get these again when I don’t have much time to make dinner…