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VeganEgg Omelet with Green Peppers and Onions

Sunday Breakfast: The VeganEgg by Follow Your Heart (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

By far one of the biggest vegan news topics of 2015 was the release of VeganEgg by Follow Your Heart (best known as makers of the utterly amazing Vegenaise).   More than 10 years in the making, VeganEgg was the first “whole-egg” alternative to hit the market – useful not just in baking (a la… Read More ›

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Chicken-less Strips

Trader Joe’s Chicken-Less Strips. They’re cheap, but are they tasty? And can you chew them?

Product Review: Gardein Fishless Filets

Back in the days when I was an omnivore, I had a love-hate relationship with fish. Living in landlocked Charlotte, NC, most of the available fish was … well, not too fresh and definitely very fishy! But at summer vacations at the beach … ah, the fish was completely different there. Fresh and flaky and… Read More ›

Cat and Nakd Bars

Vegans In America Can Finally Get Nakd!

I was intrigued when I was contacted about doing a review in return for a free mixed box of Nakd Bars – a brand of raw fruit and nut bars that are popular in England and are now crossing the Atlantic. Yes, you can now get Nakd in America! This is why I was intrigued:… Read More ›

Amy's Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Product Review: Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Dairy Free Cheeze (Vegan, Gluten Free)

So … Amy’s Kitchen has a new gluten free and dairy free Macaroni and Cheese!   I admit I approached this frozen meal with some trepidation. One, I’m one of the very fortunate ones who don’t have a problem with gluten.  And since I cook the majority of my food myself, my diet tends to be naturally… Read More ›

Amy's Organic Chili - Spicy

Product Review: Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Chilis (Organic and Gluten Free)

Maybe I’ve been living under a vegan rock, but until recently – when Amy’s Kitchen sent me a box of soup and chilis and a few coupons – I didn’t even realize Amy’s made canned goods!  (With BPA-free liners, yet!)  I must admit Amy’s canned soups and chilis have become big favorites of mine during Charlotte, NC’s unseasonably… Read More ›

Upton’s Naturals Wrap-Up

About a month ago, Upton’s Naturals sent me some free product coupons in exchange for honest reviews and developing a few recipes.  I, of course accepted, enjoying the chance to try a new vegan product.  And recipes – I love to cook! – how hard could coming up with a few recipes be? The experiment… Read More ›

Things I Didn’t Know About Amy’s Kitchen

It was a bitterly cold winter evening in February.  I’d worked late.  My head was aching and my eyes were burning from staring at financial reports all day.  I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner and I didn’t feel like cooking.  I took my dog for a walk and at… Read More ›

Product Review: Tofurky BBQ Chick’N Pockets

Last summer, Tofurky came out with a line of vegan “hot pockets.”  These are finally making their way into Charlotte, NC.  I recently reviewed Tofurky’s Pepperoni Pizza Pockets.  The BBQ Chick’N  Pocket is the second flavor I tried. Once again, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s how the pocket sandwich looks on the… Read More ›

Sunday Breakfast: Upton’s Naturals Bacon Seitan

Bacon. It’s one of America’s most popular meats, attaining “sizzling” cult status over the past few years.  You can now find everything from bacon bubble gum to bacon ice cream to bacon-flavored rolling papers. Yet bacon has been one of the hardest meats for the veg industry to replicate. There’s MorningStar Farms Bacon Strips, which… Read More ›

Upton’s Naturals

Look for lots of product reviews coming soon! Upton’s Naturals is a relatively new player in the faux-meat industry (at least in the Charlotte, NC area). Upton’s Naturals is a Chicago-based, vegan owned and operated business specializing in GMO-free, minimally processed seitan (a vegan wheat protein).  Their packaged seitan (Traditional, Ground, Chorizo, Italian, and Bacon… Read More ›

Sunday Breakfast: Whole Foods Mini Waffles

So, as you may know from previous posts, we tend to have pretty big vegan Sunday breakfasts around here.  While I’m perfectly happy eating a plain bowl of Shredded Wheat and almond milk, or simple oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon, my partner prefers – nay, demands! – more elaborate fare. Here’s our latest find … Whole… Read More ›

Product Review: Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

Tofurky has recently come out with a new line of vegan pocket sandwiches – including Turk’y Broccoli Cheddar Pockets, BBQ Chick’N Pockets, and these Pepperoni Pizza Pockets. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  Look at the pizza pockets on the packaging – the gooey cheese, the thick, rich sauce oozing out of the… Read More ›

Gardein Ultimate Beefless Slider

Gardein’s had their “Ultimate Sliders” out in the grocery stores for quite awhile now, and I finally broke down and tried them. I must confess,  I’ve never really “gotten” the concept of “sliders.” Perhaps this is because I didn’t grow up anywhere near a White Castle. Perhaps it’s because I tend to be more of… Read More ›

Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n

Last night I tried Gardein’s Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n – “Quick & Easy! Better Than Takeout!  Ready In Only 8 Minutes!”  I  like many Gardein products, but … It really is quick and easy (although it took me a little longer than 8 minutes).  You simply heat some oil in a pan, add the chick’n… Read More ›

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