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I enjoyed turkey for Thanskgiving!

OK, not turkey. Turk’y. I have a vegan co-worker who bought the Quorn turkey roast from the “vegan” section of the grocery store, only to find out it has egg whites in it.

SO, she handed it off to me, a non-vegan, to test it out.
Quorn products aren’t made of soy, or even vegetable protein. They’re made of mycoprotein, a protein-packed fungi.

Nobody can explain it as well as the company can, so if you’re interested in learning more, check out this info page of its Web site.

I pierced the wrapping, as instructed and baked it in a toaster oven for 30 minutes. After letting it cool for a few minutes, I unwrapped it and sliced it and found the most meat-like non-meat I have ever seen, tasted or been able to convince meat eaters to try.

I don’t necessarily love eating “fake” meat, but I really couldn’t believe it. It had a similar texture and was even dry like white turkey meat. While I think it would be amazing in sandwiches and other dishes, I sliced it up, got out the mustard and went to town.

I’m officially a convert — now I just have to find a store that sells it, which shouldn’t be too hard, because you can search by zip code on the Web site, which also has recipes and more.

Thanks, Mary!


Mr. MacDougall’s Vegan Instant Soups

I have found my way to nearly the 20th day of May — can you tell I just finished a Seuss-filled story time? — and I’ve not posted anything in two weeks. It’s a sad state of affairs…

In reality, I should be working on the baby blanket I’ve been hired to make, so I’ll keep this one short.

For a few weeks now, a staple at my desk come lunchtime has been Dr. McDougall’s vegan instant soups. I first saw them at Holiday Market in Royal Oak and then saw them at Meijer for about $2.29 a pop. I wasn’t necessarily looking for vegan soups in particular, but just something healthier than the sodium-laden instant soups of yore. I tried a couple and really liked them.

After I bumped into my co-worker, Mary, at the Meatout and learned she was vegan, I told her about the soups.

Many of them you can buy for about $18 for a 12-pack on Amazon, so Mary and I went in on a few cases. It’s true — cases — but a $1.50 lunch is hard to come by so we went for it.

Here’s the link to the whole lot that’s available on Amazon. They even are eligible for free shipping if you get 2 12-packs (or anything totaling $25 that’s eligible).

Mary’s currently addicted to the Split Pea with Barley soup, and spends her time outside of work finding new and interesting ways to hide her vegan soups from her carnivore husband, Matt.

My favorites are the Curry Brown and Wild Rice Fruited Pilaf (trust me — it just became available today and I can’t wait for my case to arrive because it’s hard to find in stores) and the Pad Thai Soup. So far, I can’t find one I don’t like at all though.

It turns out Dr. McDougall’s also makes some breakfast type options, including oatmeal and barley featuring various fruits. If I can get past my morning peanut butter protein bar addiction, perhaps I’ll give them a shot.

You can find out more about who this San Francisco vegan doctor and his philosophies

You can check out his “Right Foods” online shop, which has slightly more expensive, but expanded options, including health and sampler packs, family-sized meals and more

Dig in. A cheap lunch just got healthier.

A cheese(like) sensation

I’ve already mentioned my love for all things taco- and nacho-like. And there’s no question these things are deliciously accompanied by cheese. While I’m not vegan, I’ve found I feel better, lighter, less sludge-like by eating less and less dairy. Because of this, I’ve turned to more and more soy products.

Veggie Shreds and Tofutti are fine, but I found one cheese I like better. I can’t find a picture of it, but it’s called Soy-Sations and I’ve only ever found it at Trader Joe’s. I don’t know if this means it’s a Trader Joe’s product or if it just hasn’t yet hit the major retailers, but it looks, tastes and even melts like real cheese. This is important to me, especially in the nacho department. Who can eat nachos with big ol’ pieces of cheese just sitting there?

And don’t get me wrong, I was as skeptical of soy cheese as the next guy, but this stuff actually tastes so good I can grab a pinch of it and eat it. Yes, it’s that good. I can’t find a picture of it to show you, but look for it at Trader Joe’s, in the purple bag. You won’t be sorry!

Making life easier

I’m in the middle of getting ready for a move. A whopper of a move across statelines. Packing my 2-bedroom apartment into boxes that hopefully will fit snugly in Daniel’s basement, until we get a bigger place.

What does this have to do with food? Well, in the remaining two weeks I have in Chicago, my schedule is pretty full and time is tight. I stopped at the store a few days ago to stock up on things that are easy and quick. Which, in this case, meant frozen. Fortunately, these days frozen doesn’t have to mean cheese pizza. Not only does Amy’s offer cheeseless pizza, but there are a lot of other things out there too.

I’ve fallen in love with Amy’s vegan pot pies. They taste just like the Banquet chicken pot pies of yore, except with out the dairy, fat and half the sodium. So you get all of the warm and fuzzy nostalgia without the pseudo-chicken chunks.

Another new thing that I’ve discovered are these bags of frozen vegetables that you can throw in the microwave and they steam the veggies. Not a new concept entirely, I realize, but I found these Birds Eye Steamfresh individual pouches. You pop the little pouch in the microwave for about a minute and — voila — fresh vegetables, steaming hot and ready to eat.

The “individual” portions are a bit small, for someone such as mysef who loves to devour vegetables. All that means is that I’ll do two at once or just forget the individual pouches and keep buying the whole bags. The vegetables taste fresh and are a vibrant green — unlike some frozen veggies that take on this odd, brownish-green-grey appearance.

Either way, these things have helped keep me alive this week, so I just thought I would share!