Monday, August 3, 2009

More Veggie Food Picks!

Happy August! I don't know about you, but I'm still wondering where the summer's gone!

Two more great veggie products appeared on my radar this week, and I'm happy to share these great finds with you and hope that you spot them in your local grocery or health food store.

First up, the mock meat options offered up by It's All Good. At my local Food Cellar, I found their Veggie Pulled Chick'n- a blend of soy protein and wheat gluten called Gardein- in the prepared foods section. With 17 grams of protein and 120 calories per serving, I tried pan-cooking a serving with caramelized onions, as well as going the lazy man's route and using the microwave (everyone does it, and for the sake of experimentation, I did too!) for another serving. I don't recommend microwaving the Gardein Chick'n, as with many soy products, because this just ended up tough and difficult to chew. After sauteing the Gardein for about five minutes, the bite was much better and the BBQ sauce flavor, though not particularly spicy or Southwestern, was relatively sweet and went well with the caramelized onions. Throw this on a roll with some soy jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato, and you've got an easy lunch or dinner. Available at Whole Foods, Food Cellar LIC, and other gourmet markets.


On the sweeter side of vegan grocery store picks are the Long Island City based Sweet & Sara brand gelatin-free vegan marshmallows. I found these heaven-sent puffs of deliciousness hidden among packaged slices of red velvet cake and carrot cake and other non-vegan goodies at Food Cellar. In all seriousness, these might be the best marshmallows I've ever had. Varieties like vanilla, toasted coconut, strawberry, and cinnamon pecan, my favorite, will revolutionize the way you make s'mores. Best of all, once these are toasted over an open flame and gooey, no one will be able to tell that these are vegan. You can find Sweet & Sara marshmallows in Whole Foods, the Amish Market, and at Westerly Natural Market, among other gourmet stores- at about $6 for a 8.5 oz. package, these are a worthwhile indulgence.

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