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Review : Tofurkey Pockets

For the love of god, why on earth did Tofurkey believe it was a good idea to create a vegan version of Hot Pockets?!

Yes, it’s a good idea. Yes, they are delicious and everything I remember a Hot Pocket being (other then full of cruelty, grease, and tasty nasty bits). Yes, they will probably make a BUTT LOAD of money from this product alone. Yes, YES!

Behold, my lovelies!

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Thankfully, there is nowhere in Syracuse (YET) that carries these. The wonderful folks at Green Star Co-Op in Ithaca has them, and that is a one hour drive. Otherwise, the fella and I would be shoving these in our pieholes on a nightly basis.

Turk’y, Broccoli, and Cheese is pictured above.

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Above, BBQ Chik’n.

My one and ONLY issue with the BBQ one was the lack of filling. Not enough, I tell you! The crust on these is a little dry (being they are whole wheat, that’s to be expected) which I don’t think they took into consideration when filling these bad boys. The filling that was there, epic.

Overall, I’m thankful these exist.

And thankful I don’t have these within a 20 mile radius.

Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon

BACON!!!!!

BACOOOOON!!!!exclamation!!!

Every person on this planet enjoys the flavor of bacon. Maybe not the texture or the cruelty it represents, but the flavor is something that most people crave. That smokey, salty, crunchy goodness. After all  there is a good reason why there are so many recipes and products on the market for faux versions of the stuff.

Phoney Baloney’s may have mastered the art of coconut bacon.

I may be slightly biased since the creator of Phoney Baloney happens to be the boyfriend of my soul mate. Biased or not, the shit is delicious.

Don’t believe me? The fella was eating it by the handfuls this morning.

Along with the three bags we received (I told the fella he was donating to IndieGoGo whether he liked it or not….and he did….and didn’t complain one bit!), there was a sample of Ration’s, Kyle’s scramble seasoning. Thanks to Kyle, we knew what we would have for breakfast.

Of course, I sprinkled bacon on it. Why the hell not?! Bacon is good on everything.

The sample was just enough to flavor the tofu itself. It definitely wasn’t enough for the pound of carrots, shitakes, and broccoli I added in. Despite the flavor being VERY sporadic  it was delicious! Being someone who is making scramble 2+ times a week, I know my scramble!! This definitely surpasses my previous spice recipe.

As for the bacon, well…..

What better way then to make a BLT with Guacamole on Ezekiel Bread?!

Honestly, I’m not the best reviewer but needless to say by the few reviews I have on here, when I do review something it’s because it’s the fucking bee’s knee’s.

Go buy this stuff. Help out a small business because this one honestly deserves it.

And it will help put food in Andrea and puppies faces.

Vegan Eats World!!

I have received more cookbooks these past few months then I can manage to keep up with. Whenever I hear of a new one being written in the vegan community, I rush right to Amazon on my handy mobile app and pre-order it. That way, I don’t have to worry about it. Downfall? I always forget that I’ve ordered them, especially when I place the order MONTHS ahead of time. That leads to a backup of cookbooks on my shelves and (more often then not) me draining the fella’s bank account. Oopsie!

A recent edition to my collection has been Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero.

Of course, all other books took a backseat when this baby arrived!

I was stoked to get it and set aside a good hour of my time to sit and delve right into all the book has to offer.

As soon as I had read through the Intro, I started to read the recipes…and the more I read, the more nervous I felt.

This feeling was familiar. I had only experienced it one other time when reading a cookbook… and that was with Terry’s last, Viva Vegan.*

THESE RECIPES SCARED THE JUNK OUT OF ME.

With Viva, it was fear of the unknown. I had never heard of a good deal of the recipes (their carnivore counterparts) and alot of the ingredients seemed foreign to me. When I began reading VEW, the feeling returned.

But unlike with Viva, I plowed through the book and didn’t let my fear influence me! I grew a pair and picked out a few recipes I was going to conquer!

Of course, I picked some safe recipes.

Baked Tofu. The fella said this tasted like Oscar Meyer wieners. Gross. I thought it tasted like well seasoned heaven.

Pad Thai with Avocado.

I am a HUGE fan of Pad Thai and it is one of my go-to dishes when I’m in a hurry. I’ve sampled many different recipes and this one is BY FAR my favorite. Just the right level of tangy, along with the baked tofu and added corn (don’t ask), it made me one epic meal!

Guts of things to come!

Sparta Spinach Pie!

Okay, so I’m a giant wuss. Filo dough, yeah…. it scares me. Surprised?!

This however, curbed my fear of this delicate dough. Super easy to make, it had the familiar flavor of spinach artichoke dip between layers of flaky dough! Definitely will be making this again.

This dish alone made this entire book worth it. It made me feel Greek, almost like Dermie was in the kitchen, drinking booze and talking about Mama D.

Next up, the dish I made last night while I was in the midst of trying to recover from the plague, pierogis!

Yes, I know they don’t look like REAL pierogi’s. Why don’t you try being super sick and working with super finicky dough while coughing and hacking and hurting and screaming because it isn’t turning out like the ones you buy in the store!! Yes, I ended up swearing at and cursing the pierogi’s (and maybe Terry too…SHHHH!)

They didn’t turn out as beautiful as I had pictured in my head, but they did turn out amazing.

Oh yeah, the insides. Ohhhh yeah.

Based on the three SAFE recipes I’ve made thus far, I might have grown a slightly undersized pair of balls and gained some courage to tackle something else from this beautiful book in the next week.

I’d honestly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of ethnic, adventurous cooking. The book is chockfull of useful information and is the perfect addition to anyone’s vegan cookbook arsenal.

 

 

*I’ve told Terry more then once how much VV scared me. We joked about it, but little does she know it’s on the same level of fear as oil and children puking milk on me.

Vegan Food Swap

I sure do love me some vegan food swaps. There’s just something about receiving food items from other parts of the country, things that are elusive and can’t be found around me, that makes me giddy!

When I heard about the food swap that The Verdant Life was organizing, I jumped at the chance to join in.

My partner for the October 2012 swap was Kathy, who sent me a truly amazing box.

SEE?! Amazing. The bean chips are a personal favorite and something that I’ve had before. The lentils are being saved until I’m at work and forget to bring food. The macaroons are….gone. Chocolate bar too. And the Lucy’s cookies. The queso, well, that’s being saved until a rainy day.

The wasabi peas on the other hand…. They made me gag. Wasabi and me aren’t friends, but the fella sure did enjoy them! I contemplated bringing them to work and tricking the kids into eating them. I’m THAT kind of nanny.

Thank you, Kathy!

You can expect your package in the next few days!!

Hoarding, Never Ending Apples, and Ugly Food – Vegan MoFo Day 4

People who know me know very well that I have a problem when it comes to collecting. Or hoarding. Or obsessing.

Yeah, obsessing is a better choice of words.

I become easily addicted to things wether its a new craft, a method I have never tried, or just simply an idea.

Current obsessions include :

1. Embroidery

2. Aromatherapy

3. Tacos

4. NAIL POLISH

5. Vegan Cookbooks

My obsessions come and go, but I always return to them at some point! I guess that’s due to throwing myself in and having the All-or-Nothing idea.

The point is, I have so many damn vegan cookbooks that it boarders on ridiculous. I have all the newest ones (thanks to Amazon Prime and pre-orders) and have many more coming in the next few months. I simply can’t seem to stop myself from ordering them! NOT UNTIL I OWN THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!

Prove it you say? SURE! Feel free to point and laugh at the hoarder.

Shelf 1 (above my iPod dock)

 

Shelf 2 (above my sink)

 

Shelf 3 (in my dining room)

 

Shelf 4

Okay, so shelf 1…. Until today, that housed all of my newest, along with random ones I just threw there. Now it’s not much different and I tried to organize by theme? Yeah right.

Shelf 2 is ones I use the most and the main authors I dedicate my life to.

Shelf 3 is overflow and my records, along with shelf 4.

Below shelf 4 is my VegNews collection and my knitting and Make magazines.

For the most part, all are vegan. There are one or two novelty books and a handful of vegetarian books, but 99.7% are vegan!

 

My name is Megan and I am obsessed.

 

NEXT!

 

Apples. I love you, but please go away now.

A whole bushel of Honeycrisp is what I started with. Just under half is what I have left. Everytime I make something with them, I am hopeful it will make some sort of dent in the bag. Ohhhh, but it never does! They must be regenerating or something. I’be made preserves, pie filling, butter….WHAT THE HELL ELSE IS LEFT?!?!

Apple butta, fresh from the slow cooker! Yes, it’s only four jars, but I promise you my one slow cooker would have exploded had I put any more apples in.

Give me ideas, people. I’m hyperventilation here!

 

Meep.

 

Today I had two slow cookers going when I left for work.

Between the slow cooker and the casserole dish, it’s a tossup as to which is my favorite way to prepare a meal. If I could, I would make someone help me write a casserole slash slow cooker book just so I had the best of both worlds in one neat-o binding.

BAM!

 

The green one held this delicious breakfast favorite :

 

Old-fashioned Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal! For some added awesome, I slapped on a bit of the apple butta from earlier in the day. It became coarse one of my dinner!

 

Cream of Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup! What a beautiful picture…of…bland looking goo.

Both of those pictures look like poop, I’m aware. Did they taste like poop? FUCK NO.

 

Aaaaand recipes for both are brought to you by…

I AIN’T NO IDIOT! MY MOMMA SAYS I HAVE THE BRAIN SMARTS!!

It was vegan….and involved slow cooking. Criteria for being pre-ordered? Yessssss.

I’m actually pretty impressed with how both of these recipes turned out! Both are super and I’m looking forward to bringing them to work tomorrow.

Now, I am off to bed! Tomorrow marks my final day of working 8 days in a row and I couldn’t be more pleased!!

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