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(For the record--and I hope this was obvious, but in case not--this veg*n (term cribbed from [livejournal.com profile] vegan_vulcan !) adventure is strictly reflective of my own health decisions, and not intended as a statement on anybody else's food choices.)

Fail: Bacon! I tried Lightlife bacon, and... no. Not quite. It was vaguely reminiscent of bacon to me, but not enough to pass muster. It worked better in a BLT, but I was using regular mayo (I still have a jar of that), so it might be that the mayo overpowered the not-quite-bacon texture and taste. I'll probably try some other brands.

Win: Gimme Lean sausage. Fantastic! That one's going to be a staple. They got the texture and the taste perfect, right down to the little chewy bits (which actually were one of the things about sausage that I didn't care for, ironically). Now if I can just work out some egg and soy cheese recipes, breakfast might be back in business.

Win: More Amy's Bowls. They require label reading, though.

Fail: Some brand of crackery chips, I don't even remember which. I read the label on one bag and it was fine, so I grabbed a second flavor. I was halfway through the second flavor and casually reading the label, and realized it was made with mlk powder.

Win: Frozen vegan roasted vegetable pizza!

Win: Freeze-dried fruit!

Fail: I really really really wanted something with icing today, and Whole Foods didn't have a single vegan cake with icing. They had some pies, but I don't really like pie. They had some walnut breads and things... but I really wanted icing. Last week I got an amazing carrot cake cupcake that was perfect, but they didn't have them this morning. On the other hand, I grabbed the freeze-dried fruit instead, so that was a fail that turned into a win.

Win: Newman-O's ginger cream cookies! (That cream is sort of like icing. I should have gone back for those.)

Experiments this week: Various bowls and brands of prepared foods, some vegan prepared soups. I'm trying a vegan pepperoni pizza that may or may not work out. I'll let you know! (I think that one's a Tofurkey.)

For some reason, the idea of a veggie burger grosses me out. This has been an ongoing battle for years. I have some, though -- a new brand -- and some nice-looking sesame buns. I'll try one of those tomorrow.

Date: 2011-03-27 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avocadovpx.livejournal.com
>> For some reason, the idea of a veggie burger grosses me out.

My vegetarian co-worker tells me that the veggie burgers she likes the most are the ones that are trying to be something other than bad imitations of meat burgers. I think this might be the vegetarian/vegan equivalent of the idea from robotics of the Uncanny Valley -- call it the Uncanny Veggie Valley.

Date: 2011-03-27 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Some of this stuff really is Uncanny.

Like that bacon: sort of... smoke-flavored linoleum.

Date: 2011-03-28 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aviatrix18.livejournal.com
There is a veggie pattie that we get to serve at VP, that is nothing but vegetables. I found them at Costco, and they are actually very good. They also do not have MSG which means I can eat them. I'll find the name and get back to you.

Date: 2011-03-28 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lenaf007.livejournal.com
(I think that one's a Tofurkey.)
Mmm, Tofurkey is sooo good on a sandwich. My sister is a pescatarian, so I've been experimenting more with veggie options. Its just economically smarter to get foods that we'll both eat instead of say chicken or turkey, which I'll only eat.

For some reason, the idea of a veggie burger grosses me out.
I've never been a fan of the veggie patties, to be honest with you. However I *love* black bean burgers! You can make a patty out of them and add in pretty much whatever veggies/toppings you want. Here's a good recipe, if you're curious. We typically get dried black beans in bulk, soak them overnight, make burgers/tacos/whatever out of them, and then use them in a veggie soup later. ^_^

Date: 2011-03-28 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eljaydaly.livejournal.com
Oh, great recommendation! Thank you!

That's a second vote for black bean burgers. I think I'll have to try your recipe out, and soon.

Date: 2011-03-28 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vegan-vulcan.livejournal.com
The Lightlife stuff is. . . an acquired taste. I recommend it sometimes because it's not as bizarre as the tempeh bacon (I think Lightlife also makes this), but I actually prefer the "smoky tempeh strips" or whatever the heck they call them. They have more texture! You can make your own (there's a good recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance) but it's super easy from the package. The only thing is, they really shine best when fried up in some canola oil on a skillet, so not very diet friendly. Delicious, though. At least, I like it!

I'm happy to hear you're enjoying yourself! I'd recommend deluxing out those veggie patties if you're skeptical. Lettuce, tomato, -naise, mustard, ketchup, toasted bun, yes! Also for a bit of diet-friendlier decadence, you could top it with bbq sauce, -naise, cholula, and a few of these oven-fried onion rings which are genuinely amazing. (http://www.theppk.com/2010/10/omg-oven-baked-onion-rings/) That site is full of good recipes, btw, including the best cornbread I've made, vegan or no.


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