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Old 08-16-2015, 06:33 PM   #181
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I think it's House Tofu Shiratake noodles.
The key is probably the tofu which improves the taste and texture compared to just straight up konjac/glucomannan.
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:53 PM   #182
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JEM's armful of kitties--my new stray

Jem---I looked closer at your image and tried to count the cats…. I may have mentioned I adopted a stray cat dumped 8 months or more ago?

she (thot it was a he for so long) would not let me even approach when was bringing food…then slowly if I stayed 6' away I could put the dish down..then I made an elevated bed in the carport ( so dog didnt see her) she would still hiss at me when I brought food. ( she slept on the bed during the coldest windy icy rainy nights..it gave some thermal protection.)

One day I decided to take charge I looked at her after she hissed and
said " look here, I am feeding you,so stop this nonsense, and show some appreciation" in very strong tone.

she blinked at me, got the message and never did it again,

Finally was able to touch, then stroke, then pick up and cuddle

Someone MUST have held her close to the neck..because that did it..she was so lonely all those months that the act of closeness changed her mind and she adopted ME.

I swear, the day I took her to the vet she totally behaved in the carrier in the car,and even with th strange vet handling her, shots and all, and a temp stick shoved up her bottom she .did great. ( turns out she is 4, IS already fixed, and very healthy)

when we got home she started coming in the house, sleeping on the couch, coming to me.

now every eve she comes in and snuggles close to my neck, wants to be held for hours..I read, watch a movie, sh'e my neck blanket…purring away.

will never know why they dumped her, since she was spayed, people lose jobs, move to no-pet apts, and this happens all the time….people dump them in the 'country" where they starve, get sick and die alone usually…not this time.
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:44 PM   #183
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Awwww. I love cats but have none of my own. I had four about the same age and they all got old and I lost them all over 'bout a year and a half. It was devastating.

I just foster kittens. I don't foster adults because I don't want the dog to be injured.

I love dogs, as well, BIG dogs especially.
I could easily have a dog/cat farm.

We also feral feed at various locations and I even love those tough old cats.

The four I'm carrying are part of this years.....adorable.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:04 PM   #184
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Beyond Meat - Beast of Burger

Beyond Meat - Beast of Burger:

In a word...horrible. It's the worst faux burger I have ever attempted to eat.

The best description I can give it is horsey...like a horse smells after a run. Yeah, its that bad.

I have some Beyond Meat faux Chicken strips also, but I'm not looking forward to trying them.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:14 PM   #185
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Pre-Sliced Jicama for taco shells

Pre-Sliced Jicama for taco shells:

I made some faux beef tacos last night with these. They are pretty good.

I could live with them, but they are pricey. 20 odd sliced slices for $4.48

The next chance I have to find a big jicama, I'm going to try slicing it myself with the electric meat slicer.

I put chili powder and black pepper on top of each one and nuked them for about 45 seconds. Next time, I will put them on paper towels cuz they were very wet.

Anyway, I dried them with a napkin and then added cheese, beefless taco meat, and some homemade salsa and they were good.

I devoured 8 of them. They are like mini tacos, but with a soft shell. I had some left, so I'm going to try frying them up and see what happens.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:39 PM   #186
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yuck--thanks for the heads up about the beyond meat stuff, but very glad you tried it before I could, lol!
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Old 08-21-2015, 03:14 PM   #187
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:26 PM   #188
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Tofurky Deli Slices

Tofurky Deli Slices

I may have posted about these before but I'm too lazy to read thru the entire thread. I had some a few nights ago.

I have tried the hickory smoked and the peppered.

I cook them a little in olive oil just to heat them up...if you cook them too much, they lose their flavor. They are decent for a quick sandwich on LC flatbread.

I usually have something like this when I'm tired and not willing to cook a good meal. I have 8 slices of this (they are super thin slices) and 4 slices of cheese and lettuce and mayo and mustard and call it good. Pickles would probably be great on there but I seem to forget about them.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:22 PM   #189
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Don't know if anyone mentioned these before - Butler Soy Curls. They are made of the whole soybean, non-GMO, chemical free. It's a dried product that you reconstitute in water or broth, and the final texture is kind of like pulled chicken. I ordered one package as an add-on Amazon item specifically to try this recipe. It was so good, I ordered a whole case of the soy curls direct from Butler The broth portion calls for "stout beer" which is something we don't drink, but it really made the broth. (I doubled the broth recipe to try to use up as much of the beer as possible, and I'm so glad I did because the broth is fantastic. Now I'm going to have to buy a six-pack of that stout beer lol) The soy curls absorbed so much flavor from the broth. This made a lot - we each had two sandwiches, two days in a row. I still have a good bit left and so tomorrow I'm going to use the leftover broth and soy curls to make "beef" stew.

Vegan Italian "Beef" by the BrandNewVegan

The "Beef" - 8oz Butler Soy Curls

The Broth

½ onion, chopped
8oz mushrooms, white
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups Vegetable Broth, low sodium variety
1 cup water
½ cup of any Stout Beer
4 Tbls Soy Sauce, low sodium
2 Tbls Tomato Paste
2 Tbls Pepperoncini Peppers and juice (I had banana pepper rings and used those)
2 tsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbls Nutritional Yeast
2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Fennel
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Thyme
½ tsp Ground Pepper
½ tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Onion Powder
¼ tsp Ground Ginger

The Giardiniera (I didn't make this, but used an onion/pepper/mushroom combo I had on hand)

½ onion, thinly sliced
5-6 baby carrots, thinly sliced
½ cup roasted red bell peppers, sliced
½ cup pepperoncini peppers, with juice

Instructions

Saute onion, garlic, and mushrooms until softened
Add remaining Broth Ingredients and bring to a low boil stirring to combine
Add Soy Curls and simmer for 30 minutes
In a separate saucepan, combine all Giardiniera ingredients and simmer until tender
Drain soy curls from broth and save broth for dipping.
Add the cooked 'meat' to your favorite bun or roll and top with Giardiniera.
Dip in Au Jus and enjoy!
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:23 PM   #190
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PP, I have never heard of these but went to the web site and found that I can pick them up at the coop in Chico.
I'll look tomorrow while in Roseburg. Often the store there carries items but the store is not listed on their site.
We have a large SDA population so it's possible......

Is this similar to TVP except bigger? I can't remember if TVP has other ingredients.
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Old 09-26-2015, 11:20 AM   #191
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Your recipe sounds good Penguin. thanks for sharing it.

I haven't seen the soy curls around but I will look for them tomorrow as I'm going to the city to do a bit of shopping.

jem- the tvp I buy doesn't have anything in it but soy flour.
I have seen the flavored kinds but never bought any.
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jem - I hope you find them. Nobody in our area carries them so online is our only option for now. These soy curls definitely have a "meaty" texture. I haven't had TVP for years and can't remember it well enough to say how it would compare. I seem to recall that TVP isn't allowed on our plan - McDougall doesn't approve products that are made of only some of a plant's nutrients (i.e., protein powders, vitamins, oil) but these soy curls are compliant for us, since they use the entire soy bean.

Nigel, the broth in this recipe is fantastic. I'm going to make it in large batches and use it when a hearty vegetable broth is called for. I'll probably leave out the pickled peppers and their juice in the big batches to make the broth more versatile. I thickened the leftover broth today to make our "beef" stew, and it was really really good.

I paid way too much for a single 8 oz. package - almost $9 - but didn't want to buy a larger quantity in case we didn't like them. Even so it turned out to be pretty economical since that one package made 8 huge sandwiches, tonight's dinner for two, and leftovers for at least one more dinner. I bought the 12# case from Butler online for $60, which will make 24 of those 8 oz. packages! I'm going to vacuum pack them with my foodsaver, because soy is a limited item on McDougall so this is probably a year's worth lol.
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Old 09-26-2015, 07:40 PM   #193
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I took advantage of a Costco special on House organic firm tofu. The package rates the firmness as 4 on a scale of 1-6.

This is like soft (not silken) tofu IMO and would work great for sauces, smoothies and such.

I may bake some just to firm it up after pressing it some.

I made some eggplant 'bacon' last week and may try the recipe for tofu.

Anyway, it was 4 tubs for 3.99 so will probably last until we head south.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:45 AM   #194
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I pressed the tofu for a couple hours then sliced it about 1/4" thick, pan fried til golden and firm (probably 15+ minutes total), then I mixed up some shoyu, smoked paprika, sweetener, nutritional yeast, poured it over and let it soak up over low heat.
Really delicious.

This seasoning was from fake bacon sites. Most use liquid smoke but smoked paprika works well.
If I wanted something more bacony, I would've cut it thinner. I really just wanted something the texture of baked tofu.
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:31 PM   #195
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Sprouts Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips

Sprouts Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips

These were really good. $2.99 at Sprouts

They tasted better than regular tortilla chips and have a couple less carbs.

I ate some last night with avocado.
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Old 10-02-2015, 05:36 PM   #196
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I really like Nature's path Smart Bran cereal. It's mostly fiber including wheat bran, oat bran, psyllium, oat fiber as well as oat flour. It is a nice crunchy little pellet and a serving is 1/2 cup....although you can use it as a sprinkle, of course. It's organic and seems a bit expensive, although, I think cereal is kind of expensive, so maybe not.

Today at the Grocery Outlet I picked up a box of Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax with Chia cereal. The first ingredient is Sorghum flour then flax, sweetener, chia flour. The fiber content is much less (obviously) so the net carb is quite different.
I'll probably just use this as sprinkle (if I even like it).....we'll see. I'll post MHO.
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Carla Lee's Nut Tacos by the Nut Burger Co.

Delicious!! I ate 4 of them...they are mini tacos and easy to heat up.
They come frozen, 8 in the package.
21 net carbs for 4 and 6 grams of protein.
And they are "organic".

They remind me of Jack in the Box tacos (when they used to be good), but of course a lot lower carb. Its the flavor of them.

I just can't recall if I bought them at Sprouts or Whole Foods. I'm thinking Sprouts and now I need to get a hefty supply for a quick meal.
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:49 PM   #198
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I looked up Carla Lee products and it looks like I can get them somewhere in Chico. Maybe they'll show up at TJ's someday.
They sound good and have good reviews.
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I only bought the one box.
I see online that they have nut burgers and nut meatballs too.

I'll be going back after the 16th and I'll see what I can find.

Their site shows them at sprouts and whole foods in my area.
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I'm interested in those meatballs, for sure.
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I bought a package of Gardein Chipotle Black bean burgers at the Grocery Outlet a while back and just got around to heating up a couple in the toaster over.
These are really good and if I see them again, I'll stock up.

Oh I just did a search and this company was founded by Yves and they make many faux meat products.
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I like most of the Yves products I have tried, but it seems they don't sell them in my shopping areas anymore.

The faux hamburger is good as well as their sausage patties.
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I love Nature's Path Flax Plus cereal and have been buying close dated packages at the Grocery Outlet for 1.99. It is great and not rancid at all and the pull date is Jan 2016.
Today it was 99 cents.
I eat it maybe 2-3 times weekly so no problem.

Nature's Path produces mostly organic products...........

Oh, I almost forgot..........I picked up a package of Yves The Good Dogs for $1.49. Waaaayyyy back around 1980, we ate Loma Linda Vegie Links on occasion and they were pretty good so I'm hopeful.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:04 PM   #204
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Okay, so first of all, I am not into fake meat to begin with.
Those Yves Good Dogs are not very good....and the texture....
I ate two and will probably toss the rest.

I don't miss meat that much and with recipes for carrot dogs and coconut bacon, not at all.
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Thanks for the product review. I haven't ever seen the veggie dogs and lately I see no Yves products at HEB, Sprouts, or Whole Foods, nor Walmart. I don't know what the deal is, but I'm liking TJ's Beefless Beef so much more than Yves ground, but the Yves ground is good too.
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:57 AM   #206
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Great Low Carb Bread Company Pasta

To me, this tasts exactly like ThinSlim Impastable Pasta. GLBC product has one less carb and 40 calories more per serving. It's a good substitute for pasta. I made a tuna hotdish; and would make it again, but was aware that the pasta tasted "a tad off."
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Hi Redeemed, thanks for the review.
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:49 AM   #208
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I bought some of the Nutiva hemp protein powder. It is pretty expensive, but I liked it. Of course you have to tolerate the colour, lol--it turned my english muffiin recipe green!

Edit: I just noticed that Netrition has this PP for a LOT less than I paid for it. Thanks Netrition!

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Good to know, ouizoid. All these reviews really help others and me.
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Amber lyn no sugar added milk chocolate

In a word = delicious.
3 carbs for the whole bar, be wary, it contains malitol

I only eat one square of it at a time, and one bar = 6 squares so yeah, 1/2 carb each..yippee!! No negative side effects from that amount.
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