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Old 08-15-2016, 04:18 PM   #271
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Your welcome Nigel....I'm so glad you found the benevolent bacon!

Jem51...the Gardein turkey roasts are excellent. Actually, all of the Gardein products are awesome!!!!
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Old 08-16-2016, 01:56 PM   #272
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I went to the city yesterday to the dentist, so I finally took my wife to Super Target. I wasn't impressed. The store was half empty.

I did find Sweet Earth products and more vegetarian products but every single one of them had garlic included. So I didn't get any.

I got my usual quorn cutlets and some quorn nuggets which I hadn't tried before. I found these cool baby lettuces, overpriced, but I got them anyway. They had a few other produce things I would have gotten but I had just stocked up on Friday, so I don't think I could have eaten them up before they went bad.

I found two giant anahiem peppers....I just love those things. I like to put them in vegetable juices and also in my faux hamburger meat for taco meat. They were a whopping .90 cents for both of 'em, so I felt like a bandit on them.

The cashier was a read dud. Right out to lunch, he was. Then after we left, my wife checked the receipt and found he had overcharged us on two things. *sigh* I was tired from the dentist all day, so I wasn't paying attention, but I generally watch the cashier pretty good.

I also got tomatillos for some green sauce that a fellow foodie gave me the recipe for.

We looked at the clothes, not impressed. We didn't get to the kitchen stuff which is what I generally went shopping for in regular target back when I lived in the city...I was tired so we mostly shopped the food and the frozen food and the produce. I did not find one single bag of sugar free candy in that store. They had a whole freezer of gluten free foods though. I didn't stop to check them out. I will next time.
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Old 08-16-2016, 04:36 PM   #273
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Chao slices.

I've only just bought the tomato/cayenne but they are delicious.

This just blows that whole cheese addiction theory out of the water since these have no dairy and I could probable eat the whole package at one sitting.

I picked up some Benevolent Bacon today. It is so expensive!
I'll test it this evening.
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Old 08-16-2016, 09:15 PM   #274
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I'm back already.

I don't really like the bacon and won't buy it again. My own tofu, shitake, coconut bacon is so much better.
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:08 AM   #275
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Rice paper bacon is the next experiment.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:54 AM   #276
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For the benevolent bacon, you have to get it crispy...the non-crispy stage doesn't taste good at all. I was happy it didn't taste like cardboard.

Speaking of bacon, I saw a recipe somewhere for eggplant bacon. It really looked like bacon because of the way they sliced it.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:28 PM   #277
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I made eggplant bacon last year. It came out like jerky due to the lack of oil. Next time I'll add some oil. It's good, though, but you can't go wrong with eggplant IMHO.
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:16 AM   #278
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On the subject of bacon; there's a book called Baconish which has all the vegan bacon recipes then recipes using it.

I was looking at a site where someone tested a few recipes and of course, the coconut bacon got great reviews but there's all the others that I need to test.....like carrot.

Apparently some items come out chewy (lack of fat) like the carrot bacon, but still, it sounds like it'd work as a snack or topping on a salad.

There's chick pea as well which, I'm sure is marinated, roasted.

I'm really perusing the air fryers and hoping for some great Labor Day specials.
These recipes would work great in the AF, I think.

Benevolent Bacon is not gonna work for me. I crisped it up and still was unimpressed.
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Old 09-01-2016, 07:01 PM   #279
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Tofurky Deli Slices are awesome.

I picked them up at TJ's and made my usual 1 slice sandwich with mayo and lettuce....it was delicious.

The slices are thin which takes a minute to figure out since they are vacuum sealed so same as you'd get in the deli.

I can't believe I used to be such a snob about fake meat but now I've seen the light....that day after Thanksgiving sandwich will still be mine as well as anytime I have the urge and I love sandwiches.
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:31 PM   #280
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I like the Tofurky slices too. They make great wraps or I cut them up and put them in stir frys. I like the smoked one the best, I think its hickory smoked.

I picked up some tempeh bacon the other day. I won't get to try it out for a while. I'm living on smoothies, juices, and s/f jello for a bit due to dental surgery.
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Old 09-05-2016, 03:11 PM   #281
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I like those too Jem--and the tofurky pastrami too
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Old 09-06-2016, 02:04 PM   #282
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I used to love a fresh hot pastrami sandwich in my younger days....especially from Katz!

I wonder if I'd still love it...
If I ever come across that Tofurky flavor, I'll get it. TJ's only had one flavor and since I threw the label away, I don't know if it was smoked or not.
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Old 09-07-2016, 05:41 PM   #283
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Chao Coconut Herb slice for $1.99 at the Grocery Outlet. No taste test yet. Stay tuned.

I saw a peppered flavor of Tofurky deli slices today. I didn't buy it since it love the hickory smoked but wonder how it compares to the pastrami that O mentioned.

Tofurky seems to have a handle on flavor.
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Tofurky Deli Slices are awesome.

I picked them up at TJ's and made my usual 1 slice sandwich with mayo and lettuce....it was delicious.

The slices are thin which takes a minute to figure out since they are vacuum sealed so same as you'd get in the deli.

I can't believe I used to be such a snob about fake meat but now I've seen the light....that day after Thanksgiving sandwich will still be mine as well as anytime I have the urge and I love sandwiches.
I actually just started eating Tofurky deli slices again after several years of not having had them. I must say, they certainly improved in the taste of them since I last ate them .

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The Chao Coconut Herb slice is great. Worth the full price.
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Old 10-01-2016, 03:35 PM   #286
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Quorn Chick'n nuggets/tenders ( or something) were at Grocery Outlet for 1.99/bag.
I was planning to add a Tofurky Italian link to my vegies this evening but will add this instead.

Nigel I noticed that you gave a similar Quorn product a positive review....

So many people use fake meat for transitioning but I am the opposite and am happy to not be cooking everything from scratch.
Still love all the soups/stews but am happy to never make another homemade vegie burger.
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Okay, these were boring....like chicken breast chunks are boring. I'd rather have beans.
I won't bother to buy them again and will use the rest for chick'n soup of something.
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Thanks for the review, jem.

I find that I have to doctor up faux meats quite a bit to make them have flavor and I never cook them the way the box recommends.

The quorn cutlets have absolutely no flavor at all, so I coat them with spices and mayo and then dip them in parmesan (dry kind) and bake them and they taste okay that way.

I would like it if they could make something taste good without adding garlic to it though.

The first time I tried a Quorn burger, it was terrible.
I tried one again a couple of months ago and it wasn't bad.
Boca is my faux burger of choice, but I always like to try other ones, if I can.
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I'd like to highly recommend Trader Joes new vegan spread. It is absolutely delicious and tastes like a really good mayo. Two big thumbs up.
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Thanks for the review ouizoid. Good to know.
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Old 10-15-2016, 12:08 PM   #291
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O, good to know. I've been eyeing it and will give it a try when the Hellmans is gone.
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I just made some amazing eggless egg salad using that mayo, put it on a zero carb Smart Bun (so excellent) and had a perfect lunch. just great.
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Old 10-15-2016, 08:14 PM   #293
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Wow, that's a very strong recommendation. I love mayo and have put off trying the vegan ones because no one can agree that one or the other is good.
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Old 10-21-2016, 10:55 AM   #294
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Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Mango

Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Mango

It tastes like punch.
2 carbs for 8 oz.

I know it isn't as good as making my own cranberry juice, but I buy the OS diet all the time just for convience. I kept seeing the mango and finally I tried it. I think I have tried all of them they have in diet at Walmart. The funny thing is that I don't like mango at all, but it tastes good in this juice.

I like it cuz it doesn't have the harsh cranberry taste like plain cranberry juice does. The cran-grape is pretty good too, but I like them all.

Sometimes when I feel not up to par, I mix half coconut water with half diet cranberry juice. It makes me feel better instantly. I don't know if its the combo or just the coconut water. I only use half the little carton to cut down on the carb count.

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Smart Buns from Netrition

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Thanks for the suggestion, ouizoid.

These were good, just like real buns.
I didn't get any distinct flavor from them, but for me that is a good thing.

$5.49 for 4 individually wrapped sesame seed buns.
They are the same size as the small buns from the grocery store.

Low Carb, I think 4 carbs each and 10 grams of protein each.

I had a boca burger last night and it was quite filling.

I recommend these to anyone who wants the feel of a real veggie burger or homemade egg mcmuffin thingy. You could use them for any kind of sandwich as well.

I have tried other low carb buns and they just don't compare to this one. This one was not dense, it was light and airy.

Now if they would just make some submarine buns...
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I think 0 net carbs if you subtract both fiber and sugar alcohols--
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Cool ouizoid. I guess I wasn't paying attention. lol

0 carbs beats 4 carbs anyday.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:51 PM   #298
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I had planned to buy the vegan mayo at TJ's but I was in the Grocery Outlet and saw Hellman's Carefully Crafted Dressing and Sandwich Spread, 2/ $1.
I figured a .50 a jar, I could toss it if I hated it BUT it was okay....very acceptable....actually pretty good.

I have read mixed reviews so my expectations were not high. I would buy it again especially for 50 cents!
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That was a great deal, jem.
I'm glad its decent.
I haven't seen that before, but I am a die hard hellmann's fan.

I did try some vegan mayo once and it was just as good as hellmann's but I have forgotten what brand it was. I found it for a buck at a dollar store and I was kicking myself for only buying one jar.
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Okay, I quickly scanned the old threads.
The mayo I tried was Earth Balance.
They probably sell it at Sprouts or Whole Foods, but I never looked.
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