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« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2008 08:18:13 AM »

-Zataran's Jambalaya Mix
-Not marketed as such, but Vegan!
-cheap- under $2-add your own favourite veggies (or faux meats)
-Spicy, Easy, Awesome! 5/5

It is deliciously hard to stop eating, so be careful with your portion control.*


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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2008 10:19:57 AM »

Trader Joe's Spanakopita
-under $3 at trader joes.
-4.5/5 stars.

This stuff is REALLY REALLY good. It is basically a spinach and ricotta/feta cheese mixture in a crisp pastry. highly recommended.

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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2008 10:33:44 AM »

Trader Joe's  meatless meatballs
-under $3 at TJ's
-3.75/5 stars

These are pretty good. They dont have the weird aftertaste that fauxmeat can have a lot of the time. The flavor is nice, not too herby. Their texture (quite mushy) is the only thing that differentiates them from the real thing.

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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2008 11:22:49 AM »

Trader Joe's Spanakopita http://www.nelsonpkg.com/images/products/large/img_7727.jpg
-under $3 at trader joes.
-4.5/5 stars.

This stuff is REALLY REALLY good. It is basically a spinach and ricotta/feta cheese mixture in a crisp pastry. highly recommended.

Agree! this stuff is REALLY good

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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2008 11:42:33 AM »

I'm partial to Boca's Spicy Chik'n patties (and I am not a vegetarian/vegan). I bake them in the toaster oven, use light mayo, romaine and a 100% whole wheat lil bun with them- YUM!!

I have those Morning star artichoke ones, but haven't tried them yet, good to know you do like them. I have tried the Eggs Florentine ones and ICK!!! Bland, boring, BLAH.

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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2008 11:53:49 AM »

First of all, I have to say that this was a fantastic idea for a thread!  But it makes me sad that I don't have a Trader Joe's within a few hundred miles.   Cry

Also, in response to missmuffcake's mention of soyrizo, I really liked the taste but the texture drove me nuts (maybe ours was bad or something). It was really mushy and disgusting even though I followed the cooking directions.

You have to fry it up to get the crunch to it. I fry sliced potatoes in earth balance with a lid over the pan for 10-15 minutes, then take the lid off and flip the potatoes and fry for a few more minutes, then add the soyrizo and mix and cook for 10 minutes. It has never been mushy for me, maybe yours was bad!

I am gonna try this.  I've fried up the soyrizo and then added a can of kidney beans to the pan and eaten it over brown rice.  It's really tasty that way.  Even my non-vegetarian boyfriends loves it, although he likes most of the stuff I make.  He's practically a vegetarian now too...unless we go to a restaurant.  Then the lure of meat is just too strong for him to resist.

Now I want to go home and look through my freezer so that I can contribute to these reviews!   

« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2008 03:00:31 PM »

I have a question...if it's ok to ask....

If one is a vegetarian what would the appeal be of something that looks like/tastes like/smells like meat?

I mean...isn't the point to NOT eat meat...I mean, it it looks/tastes/smells like meat...why not just eat meat?

I know about all the moral issues involved that would cause a person who might like meat not to eat it and thus want a substitute but wouldn't they find something exactly like meat to be just as repulsive...

I'm sorry....just trying to understand  Smiley

Not all people are vegetarian because they find meat to be gross or disgusting. 

Some people like meat but feel uncomfortable with the animal suffering issue or the factory farming issue etc.  So something that tastes like meat or imitates meat wouldn't bother them and can help with the cravings.

Or they are just trying to try some different things that might be healthier.

But I'm with the folks that say that something trying too hard to be "just like" meat can be pretty yucky just because of the chemicals or over enthusiastic flavoring agents.  OTOH something like soy "ground beef" that can go into spaghetti sauce adds bulk and texture and the comfort food feeling of spaghetti bolognese without actual meat.  It's all good.

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« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2008 06:50:28 PM »

Health is Wealth Buffalo Wings!

Super duper meaty texture (may be TOO meaty for many people,) low in fat for what they are, with a nice saltiness and spiciness. I LOVE these! Best fake meat available frozen! I make mashed potatoes and steamed veggies on the side.

Tofurkey Sausages are great too. They have a LOT of flavor, and they work better sauteed or on the grill than many soy sausages because they have good texture and a decent amount of fat in them. They crisp up in a pan and don't stick to a grill. I like the italian sausages sliced up in pasta sauce, or the brats on a bun with mustard.

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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2008 08:55:52 PM »

All of the following are vegetarian, not sure if vegan.  I like Morning Star Farms Corndogs (5/5), Garden Burger Mama Mia Meatballs (5/5) and Riblets (5/5). The meatballs can get a little dry if you don't cook them in some kind of sauce, but they do taste great and aren't mushy at all.  The corndogs are great - due in no small part to the deliciousness of the cornbread.  And the Riblets - the sauce smells soooo good and it tastes grand. All of the above is around $4 per box and I get them either at Publix or Kroger.

Don't have a Trader Joe's close enough....sad face....It's difficult to find anything vegetarian/vegan in my small town, but there are increasingly more things available. 

I recently discovered Amy's - all of their items are vegetarian and the vegetable lasagna is delicious. I eat it at least 2-3 times a week.

I also found this coooooool site www.cosmosveganshoppe.com and ordered some truly vegan marshmallows. I have to say, they are delicious especially since I never thought I would be able have a marshmallow again!

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« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2008 11:51:03 PM »

I'm loving Morningstar's meal starter chicken, I threw some in a frying pan with cajun seasoning (although the chicken had good spicing already), sauteed some red bell peppers and made a salad.

I've been veggie since February, and grilled chicken salad had been my only craving, now it's all fixed.  It positively hit the spot.

Do make sure not to over cook the chicken though, it gets a little too tough.


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