Advances in Veggie Science

When I first began my vegetarian journey back in high school there were very few veggie options out there.  You could have a Boca burger, a Boca burger on a salad, a Boca burger on pasta, etc.  I’m still amazed to this day how many meat alternatives are available at pretty much every grocery store.  These days it is incredibly easy to make a solid vegetarian/vegan meal that even the most devoted and adamant carnivore can enjoy.

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One product I’m super excited about are these Beyond Meat Sausages.  We’ve only tried the Hot Italian version of these but they offer a few other types of sausage and I’m going to assume they are excellent as well.  These sausages are a little pricy (usually around $8 a pack) but I have found they are often on sale, especially at Whole Foods.  They can be grilled and served on a bun with peppers and onions, sliced and simmered in a red sauce to be topped on pasta, the list really goes on.  My brother came over for dinner the other night and I served these with pasta.  That night was a bit of an adventure since we had to run out with the baby and head to the ER (he had croup, he’s fine) and my brother ended up sleeping on Soy Bean’s floor (it was quite a night!).  Had that night not have so…hectic…I would have asked for his solid opinion.  We’re just going to say he loved it.

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Another new product we’ve tried recently is Miyoko’s Fresh Vegan Mozz.  I’ve tried Miyoko’s cream cheese before and throughly enjoyed it so I thought I would give this cheese a try.  I was actually looking for Daiya cheese but I couldn’t find it, I’m glad I tried this!

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Friday night is pizza night at our house.

If you’re used to working with Daiya cheese, the Miyoko’s cheese is a very different texture.  I actually grabbed my cheese grater before I opened this but then I realized how soft this cheese was and it could be pulled apart.  I used the whole package to make two pizzas and spread them out in little mozzarella balls.  It looked super authentic in my opinion.  Once it cooked it had a nice bubbling appearance to the cheese.  If you don’t like nuts I wouldn’t recommend this cheese, but luckily we are big fans of the cashew in our house. The second ingredient in this cheese is soaked cashews.  While it had a slightly nutty taste to the cheese it wasn’t overwhelming.  This is the unofficial best pizza I’ve ever made.

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Pizza with garlic and lots of red pepper flake. Sorry I didn’t get a better picture!

Review: Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry

Guess who is taking took a nap?  Soy Bean!

I’m (or I was) so exited this is a nap that doesn’t involve me holding him.  Freedom!  He’s been down for about an hour and so far I’ve paid three bills, vacuumed, mopped the floors, cleaned the counters and made lunch.

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Speaking of lunch today I pulled out a bag of riced cauliflower stir fry that I picked up from Trader Joe’s the other week.  It was an easy enough meal to make.  I opted to add in some frozen broccoli, fresh peppers, and chickpeas for a little extra protein.  I topped it off with some nooch, Braggs and hot sauce.

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I really enjoyed it!  My husband actually thought it was real rice, too.  It had great flavor and you can add pretty much anything to your liking.  You can easily bulk it up for a main course or utilize it as a side dish.  Best of all if you eat the whole bag it’s only 225 calories!

****I meant to post this this afternoon but guess who’s dog barked and woke up the baby…and guess which dog it was.  We still love her (sometimes).

 

Review: Chocolate Oat Milk

Let’s talk about milk.

There are a lot of non dairy options out there.  You got your soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, cashew milk, flax milk, hemp milk, and so on.  I really think you can make milk out of anything these days.

In my house we tend to gravitate towards your basic unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  Nothing adventurous.  However, the other day I was at the grocery store and I saw a new item…chocolate oat milk.  Now I know the idea of oat milk might sound pretty unappealing and I would have passed it over if I had not heard good things about it on the Instagrams.

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Let me tell you, it was delicious.  I don’t know what I would expect oat milk to taste like, but it tasted nothing like that (you know what I’m saying right?).  It was rich and cream and passed as fancy real milk for my stepson.  I even used it as a creamer in my coffee this morning.  It’s a great option for kids with nut and dairy allergies as well.  I think it will make the grocery list on a regular basis.

Trader Joe’s Vegan Finds: Penne Arrabbiata

I’ll always love a snow day.  I know we make it up in June, but I’ll take it now, especially if it means I get to stay home with my boy.

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This morning I woke up to a two hour delay for my district.  I had a suspicion that they might end of canceling since the snow was coming down harder than was anticipated.  I was hanging out with Soy Bean on the couch when a certain odor signaled to me that he needed a diaper change.  When I came downstairs I saw a voicemail on my phone.  Woohoo!

So I’m hanging with SB today, unfortunately my husband’s school opened at the regular time.  The babe and I have no big plans today besides doing some laundry and of course snacking.

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Speaking of food, on Sunday I was able to swing by my favorite Trader Joe’s.  I was able to load up on some of my favorite items and maybe some cheap wine…

I’ve been trying to write a top five Trader Joe’s list for awhile now but it’s just too hard to narrow down a list.  I figured I could feature some of my favorite goodies instead.

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One of my favorite and super easy dinners from Trader Joe’s is their penne arrabbiata.  This meal comes frozen and literally all you need to do is throw it in a pan!  This is one of my hubby’s favorite meals, and we ate a lot of this when I was pregnant.  I usually add some sort of veggie meal like vegan chicken, ground beef, or sausage.  I tend to add any veggies I have laying around as well.  The sauce has a little kick to it, but it’s not too spicy.

It’s delicious and super easy.  What more could you ask for?  Oh and it’s vegan. 🙂