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Favorite Products: 2005 through 2009

Below is a compilation of “Products of the Week” from Vegan Outreach’s enewsletter. Click here to submit your nominees!

 

Favorite Products of 2009

Match Meat Alternatives and Trader Joe’s Soy Nuggets (December 9, 2009)

Darina: “I am a fan of Match meats. It’s an excellent brand of vegan mock meat with different kinds: ground beef, sausage, chicken, even crab cake! It is sold in many Whole Foods stores and can be ordered online. I am also a fan of Trader Joe’s brand of soy nuggets. They are delicious; let your non-veg friends try them and be amazed! Further, they are very affordable (only $2.99/box in Chicago), which helps to counter the argument that eating vegan is expensive.”

 

Dr. McDougall’s Ready-to-Serve Soups (December 2, 2009)

Zuzka: “I’d like to nominate Dr. McDougall’s ready-to-serve soup cartons. I don’t need a can opener to enjoy them at work!!”

 

Daiya Vegan Cheese and Amy’s Soups (November 18, 2009)

Amy’s soup

Mame: “I recently discovered Daiya vegan cheese, available from Pangea. It’s hands-down the best vegan cheese available. The flavor is delicious, and it melts to stretchy perfection. My friends and I had a big pizza night last night, and Daiya was a hit!”

Christine: “I am just in love with Amy’s soups! They are organic and most are vegan. The lentil vegetable is to die for!”

 

Silk DHA Omega-3 & Calcium and Nasoya Silken Creations (October 28, 2009)

Silk

Jon: “This Silk soymilk is a convenient way to get omega-3s and calcium.”

Kristen: “I am pregnant and craving vegan desserts. Thank goodness for Nasoya Silken Style Creations. These fantastic vegan recipe starters come in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Each package contains recipes that are simple, vegan and delicious!”

 

Vegan Mac & Cheese and Coconut Milk Yogurt (October 21, 2009)

Tracy: “I love Vegan Macaroni & Cheese by Leahey Gardens as well as Road’s End Organics Shells & Chreese. I have a soft spot in my heart for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, and Leahey’s Macaroni & Cheese captures that flavor so well that when I take a bite I feel like a kid again. If you want to go the Road’s End Organics way, I recommend the Shells & Chreese Cheddar Style.”

Robin: “I recently discovered So Delicious coconut milk yogurt, and I’m hooked on the stuff!”

 

Kraft Minute Tapioca (October 14, 2009)

Leslie: “Joe and I recently discovered Kraft Minute Tapioca at the grocery store. Cook with soy milk, sugar and vanilla for delicious pudding in five minutes!”

 

Dr. Greger DVDs and Boca Chik’n Nuggets (September 30, 2009)

Jack: “I was so impressed with Dr. Greger’s nutrition DVDs that he and I set up a limited time deal for readers. Details here!

Anne: “To me, the once-again-vegan Boca Chik’n Nuggets (in the new resealable bag) taste way too much like actual chicken. Serve to your not-yet-veg family and friends and see if they notice.”

 

Brownie

Desserts (September 23, 2009)

Five easy vegan desserts, by Ginny Messina.

 

Amy’s Tofu Scramble

Amy’s (September 16, 2009)

Melissa: “I love Amy’s frozen products and her soups. A lot of vegan options. The Tofu Scramble is very good. My two-year-old can eat the whole meal by herself!”

 

Lip Balm (September 9, 2009)

Kathryn: “The Merry Hempsters lip balm is great!”

 

Vaute Couture (September 2, 2009)

Alyson: “A wonderful new vegan company, Vaute Couture, makes the most beautiful vegan/eco coats. They are having a 40% off sale from September 2–4. The special code is ‘Kit.’”

 

V-Dog (August 26, 2009)

Michelle: “V-Dog is vegan owned and operated, so we can feed our furry companions without contributing to animal agriculture!”

 

Gardein

Gardein (August 19, 2009)

Jan: “At Kroger’s, I found delicious vegan products by Gardein; even carnivores would find them very tasty! The ‘chicken’ product comes as Chick’n Filets, Tuscan Breasts, BBQ Pulled Shreds, and other varieties. The product, quite rich in protein, comes in packages with spiced sauce and needs only to be warmed up.”

 

Field Roast Grain Meats and VegNews Gift Packs (August 12, 2009)

Field Roast sausage

Selange: “Field Roast sausages and roasts. As a former carnivore chef and sausage maker now turned vegan, chipotle flavor is my favorite.”

Colleen: “VegNews Gift Packs are on sale in August for $40.”

 

Purely Decadent Frozen Dessert and Veggie Brothers (August 5, 2009)

Purely Decadent

Darren: “Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Cookie Dough frozen dessert is the most amazing thing ever.” Print a $1 coupon.

Vic: “Veggie Brothers fools people.”

 

Team Vegan Sponsor Companies (July 29, 2009)

In addition to the companies that made the SF Vegan Prom a success, we also have to thank Team Vegan’s sponsors: Clif Bar, Turtle Island Foods, and Wildwood Organics. And, of course, prize providers Millennium Restaurant, Greens Restaurant, Pangea, The Vegetarian Site, Vegan Essentials, and Trader Joe’s.

 

Clif Bar Products (July 15, 2009)

Clif – a boon to many vegans! From their Q&A: “All CLIF Bar products are made from ingredients that do not come from animals except most Mojo flavors (contains organic honey), and CLIF SHOT Recovery Drink and Luna Sport Recovery Smoothie (contains whey).”

 

Veg Websites (July 8, 2009)

VegVine and VegGuide.

 

Veg Chili and Vegan Gourmet (July 1, 2009)

Via Runner’s World: Veggie Chili; VO’s version here. Top with Marilyn’s fav, Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative.

 

Sheese and Butler Soy Curls (June 24, 2009)

Sheese Smoked Cheddar

Brad: “Sheese. Serve on crackers, on top of pizza, on salads, or bite off a chunk straight out of the fridge (it tastes that good). Comes in six flavors including blue cheese! Try the smoked first, you won’t believe your taste buds.” (See also this review.)

Mark: “Soy Curls, a whole soybean-based protein that you can fry!”

Reminder: If you’re in northern California, don’t forget to get your tickets to the SF Vegan Prom to benefit Vegan Outreach! Meet Jon Camp, Brian Grupe, Jack Norris and others while enjoying delectable vegan desserts from our generous donors: Maggie Mudd, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Tofutti, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Endangered Species Chocolate, Stanford Inn by the Sea, and Sun Flour Baking Company.

 

SoyRizo (June 3, 2009)

SoyRizoLeila: “SoyRizo is spicy, flavorful, and the texture’s perfect. When we have pasta, we like to fry the SoyRizo up, then mix it in with the sauce – your carnivorous friends will never know the difference!”

 

Chocolate! (May 27, 2009)

Midge: “Theo Chocolate’s vegan, organic, fair trade offerings – Theo Origin Bars, Theo Classic Combination Bars, and Theo/Nicobella Vegan Confections – are the best!”

 

That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals (May 20, 2009)

Looking for a change of pace after The Animal Activist’s Handbook? Ruby Roth’s That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals is now available!

 

Trader Joe’s Beef-less Strips (May 13, 2009)

TJ's Beef-less StripsOffice: “Morningstar Farms Meal Starters have disappeared from Tucson, so instead we’ve been using Trader Joe’s Beef-less Strips (link to Vegan Guinea Pig – a great blog).”

 

Bean Bowls Recipe (May 6, 2009)

Joe Espinosa: “From the fertile mind and skilled hands of Leslie Patterson, I present bean bowls: simple, delicious, and filling. Boiled beans (pinto, black, chickpeas, lentils) topped with chopped green pepper, green onion, and tomatoes. Other toppings, limited by only your imagination, could be vegan cheese, nutritional yeast flakes, croutons, crumbled tortilla chips, salsa, seasoned rice.”

 

Nasoya Silken Creations and EverydayDish.tv (April 22, 2009)

Bonnie: “I recently tried this excellent new Nasoya product: Silken Creations PDF, ready-to-serve chocolate-, vanilla-, and strawberry-flavored nondairy starter for smoothies and desserts. I made a baked chocolate pie (recipe on back of container label) topped with banana slices and nondairy whipped cream – family and friends will never suspect a thing! Tastes good straight out of the package, too!”

Bonus website from Nia: “EverydayDish.tv – truly one of my greatest finds!”

 

Dessert Recipes (April 15, 2009)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillow

Anna: “These Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows are amazing!”

Jean: “Most things I cook are inedible, so I love this: heat a few dollops of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream with a few sprinkles of cinnamon and raw sugar for a few seconds in the microwave, then pour it over fruit!”

 

McFarland Designs, Bob’s Red Mill TVP, and Recipe (April 8, 2009)

Check out the jewelry at McFarland Designs, longtime Vegan Outreach supporters.

B Wolf: “Cooking is easy and healthy with Bob’s Red Mill TVP (textured vegetable protein). It’s got twelve grams of protein per serving and a whopping four grams of dietary fiber. I enjoy using mine in spaghetti, chili, sloppy joes, and even ‘meat’ loaf.”

Bonus recipe from Tonya: “My husband made Bob Barker’s Vegan Enchilada Bake – it was SO good! And leftovers are even better. It makes a large amount so it is also good for a party.” [Editor’s note: Could use TVP for the crumbles!]

 

Teese Vegan Cheese and Whole Foods Pizza (March 25, 2009)

Fred: “Teese, the new vegan cheese from my friends in Chicago, is great! We used to have to get it mail order, but now the local co-op is carrying it.”

Dan: “Whole Foods has added a vegan pizza to their prepared foods section in all Midwest stores this week. It features Upton’s Naturals Italian sausage-style seitan and Teese vegan mozzarella. Both are vegan-owned companies.”

 

Natural Life Veg Dog Food (March 11, 2009)

Joe passes this along: “Chyna is nominating Natural Life Vegetarian Dog Food, a delicious and lower protein, lower fat (compared to Evolution) dog food. The food is multi-whole grain and helped Sahkyo live to almost 15.”

 

Solgar Digestive Aid (March 4, 2009)

Over the years, a number of people have recommended Solgar Digestive Aids, 2005’s Product of the Year. These are a blessing for those folks – especially new vegetarians and those who like Gimme Lean and/or veggie chili! You can find them at health-food stores and online (e.g., House of Nutrition).

 

Cutting-Edge Nutrition DVDs (February 25, 2009)

Michael Greger, MD:

Every year I review the world’s scientific nutrition literature for the most groundbreaking developments and compile the most important findings into my annual “Latest in Nutrition” talk. So far I’ve recorded the two most recent years – 2007 and 2008 – of my “Latest in Nutrition” talk, and the 90-minute DVDs are now available at: DrGreger.org/DVDs

You can also order Dr. Greger’s famous Maximum Nutrition DVD here.

 

Dipping Ties? (February 11, 2009)

  • Fashion plate Jon suggests these high-quality ties.
  • Following up last month’s mention of falafel, several people wrote in to nominate hummus.

 

Unbeatable Game Cookies! (February 4, 2009)

During both of the Steelers’ recent Super Bowl runs (and, importantly, not during any other year), we made these cookies before each playoff game.

 

Liz Lovely’s Vegan Cookies (January 28, 2009)

The Office nominates Liz Lovely’s vegan cookies. One of the many great things about Liz Lovely’s cookies is that they come in a package of two, so it is easy to share (or to save one for later, or mash together and say you only had one cookie). The Cowgirl Cookies are like eating delicious cookie dough, the Ginger Snapdragons are spicy and remind us of Grandma’s cookies, and the Chocolate Moose Dragons are moist, fudgy, and deliciously chocolate-y. (Anne didn’t share those, though, so you’ll have to take her word alone. Trust us, though, she knows her chocolate.) Order some vegan cookies today for your favorite leafleter!

 

Falafel (January 21, 2009)

Kathy: “Falafel is vegan, and a staple of the Middle Eastern diet.”

 

Tofutti Rich Reward Bars (January 14, 2009)

Carol: “Tofutti Rich Reward Bars – the chocolate around the bar is to DIE FOR and the vanilla underneath is so rich and smooth with ribbons of berry throughout – only 168 calories!”

Favorite Products of 2008

Recipes for Quick and Easy Meals (December 3, 2008)

Theodora’s Burger and Pasta: “I like to make my fave veggie burger and top it with a heavy-on-the-garlic salsa over rice or angel hair pasta. I also keep frozen veggies on hand to heat up as quick side dishes.”

Also from our members: Jane’s Corn, Beans, & Salsa Explosion and Peanut Butter Burritos, Janet’s Pasta & Legumes with Greens, and Tonya’s Grilled Tempeh Salad.

 

Evolution Diet Dog Food (October 29, 2008)

Tonya: “Evolution Diet dog food – we get it at Vegan Essentials. Our dog LOVES this food and it comes in small bite pieces, which she also enjoys. This is the only vegan dog food that she does not hesitate to make disappear.”

 

Sticky Fingers Bakery (October 22, 2008)

Brandi: “I highly recommend Sticky Fingers Bakery in DC. They ship all over the United States, and they make fantastic cakes, muffins, etc.”

 

Products for Quick and Easy Meals (October 15, 2008)

Over at Vegan.com, Erik Marcus lists this fast, cheap, and delicious meal of Amy’s vegan chili (instead of rice, you can serve over pasta, Jack Norris style, or with crackers or bread).

At the office, we microwave Boca Burgers, Amy’s soups (especially lentil and minestrone), or quick-fry sausages (Tofurky or Field Roast) or Starlite rolled tacos.

Barbara Bear likes Boca Chik’n with pasta and marinara sauce.

 

Boca Chik’n, Coconut So Delicious, Year of the Dog (October 8, 2008)

Big Boss Man Jack: “Boca Meatless Chik’n Patties, Original.”

Lauren Porsch: “So Delicious just came out with a line of coconut milk yogurts (cultured coconut milk). They really are So Delicious! It’s also got a great nutritional profile – it’s fortified with calcium and Vitamin B12. (Also see Coconut Bliss ice cream.)”

Leslie Patterson: “Year of the Dog is a beautiful movie about animal activism starring Molly Shannon. If you can stop laughing and crying long enough to see the movie, you will love it.”

 

VegGuide.org (October 1, 2008)

VegGuide.Org is a community-maintained, world-wide guide to vegetarian and vegan restaurants, grocers, and more. Learn more about your area, plan your next trip, or add information and help future vegetarians!

 

Tofutti Cuties (September 17, 2008)

Bethany: “I absolutely love chocolate Tofutti Cuties. They are so rich and creamy yet have no dairy items in the ingredient list. These little dessert sandwiches make the grade.”

 

Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler (September 10, 2008)

Jessica: “Fantastic Foods has reissued Tofu Scrambler. When they discontinued it, my boyfriend was in despair and bought as many boxes as the pantry would hold. We ran out a few months ago, but not to fear, I just ordered a bunch from Pangea!”

 

Galaxy Foods Vegan American Cheese (September 3, 2008)

Eric: “Vegan American soy slices by Galaxy Foods – kinda tastes like Kraft cheese.”

 

Chicago Soydairy (August 27, 2008)

Joe Espinosa: “Chicago Soydairy produces a wonderful Mint Chocolate Chip soy cream.”

 

Alternative Baking Co (August 13, 2008)

Brian: “The Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookies, from the Alternative Baking Co. If not available in your area, you can order them from Pangea.”

 

Meltzer’s Puremints and Primal Stick Jerky (August 6, 2008)

Tina: “I would like to nominate Meltzer’s Puremints for Product of the Week. Not only are they vegan, but they are made with real oils, not artificial flavors, so they taste wonderful.”

Ashley: “Primal Stick jerky is good to eat, good for you, and available from several different online vegan stores, including Downbound, Inc., The Vegetarian Site, and Food Fight! Vegan Grocery.”

 

Raw Revolution Food Bars (July 23, 2008)

Eileen: “Raw Revolution food bars just came out with two new delicious flavors – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Tropical Mango! Made with raw, whole, natural ingredients, no refined sweeteners, and very tasty! Some of my other favorite flavors include Chocolate & Cashew and Coconut & Agave Nectar.”

 

Kavli Crispbreads and Allison’s Gourmet Sweets (July 16, 2008)

Allison’s Gourmet chocolates

Aimee: “Kavli pesto-flavored crispreads are so fantastic that I ordered an entire case and had it shipped to my door! They are available at our local market, Whole Foods, and at Amazon.”

In a very competitive category, Alex: “Allison’s Gourmet sweets are the very best vegan treats ever made since time began, especially the choco-peanut butter brownies.”

 

My Sweet Vegan Cookbook (June 25, 2008)

Cookie-Pie Goddess Miranda: “For those of us who have been known to skip straight to dessert, Hannah Kaminsky has created My Sweet Vegan, her debut volume of tasty vegan treats. My Sweet Vegan contains more than seventy user-friendly recipes accompanied by colorful photographs of the finished products, adding eye-candy to the list of sweet offerings.” Read the full review!

 

Eden Rice & Beans (June 18, 2008)

Jon: “Eden sells ready-to-eat canned Rice & Beans, which consist of brown rice coupled with different legumes. These are organic, low in sodium, and cost less than $2 – not bad for about a pound of food! My favorite is the Caribbean Black Beans meal. Stir in some guacamole and nutritional yeast and you’ve got yourself a great lunch or dinner!”

 

Ian’s Whole Grain French Bread Pizza (June 11, 2008)

Suzanne: “At Whole Foods today I discovered that Ian’s is now making a vegan French bread pizza. The only downside is that one box (two little pizzas) is about six dollars. Still, I imagine it’d be a really great option for kids who have non-vegan friends – another convenience food that’s easy and normal.”

 

Sunshine Burgers and Uncle Eddies’s Vegan Cookies (June 4, 2008)

Jackie: “Sunshine Burgers are probably the best veggie burger I have ever had! Very few ingredients and nothing you can’t pronounce. I buy them at Whole Foods.”

Jamie: “Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies. They are by far the best vegan cookies I’ve had! You can get them at Whole Foods.”

 

Starlite Cuisine Taquitos and Soy Tacos (May 27, 2008)

Starlite Cuisine tacos

VO office: “Ideal for a quick meal or entertaining, Starlite Cuisine’s Taquitos and Soy Tacos are vegan and delicious. Winner of PETA’s Golden Bun award, all six varieties can be microwaved in a flash, but are even better when crisped up in a frying pan or a few minutes in the oven. Quick, delicious, vegan – perfect!”

 

Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza and Oskri Bars (May 21, 2008)

Abigail: “Trader Joe’s has a vegan roasted vegetable pizza that is very tasty. It has artichokes, a yummy balsamic glaze, caramelized onions and all sorts of other delectableness. Plus, the crust is made with whole wheat dough. Bonus! It’s in the refrigerated section (not frozen).”

Deborah: “Oskri Organics makes wonderful gluten-free, lactose-free products that are incredible. Our favorites are the Turkish Delights with pistachios, apricots, pumpkin seeds and the Muesli Bars with cranberries, almonds and pumpkin seeds. I found that purchasing them through Amazon’s marketplace is the most cost-effective.”

 

Sam & Ruby’s Vegan Goodies (May 14, 2008)

VO office: “Have you been searching for that out-of-the-ordinary vegan cookie? Wanting to amaze your friends and family with home-baked vegan cookies (without all the mixing and stirring)? Just dying to eat scrumptious cookie dough (yes, cookie dough)? Sam & Ruby’s Vegan Goodies is for you!”

 

Malcolm’s Miracle Hand and Body Lotion (May 7, 2008)

Lynn Chorn, one of Vegan Outreach’s very first members, has created a new, ultra-premium vegan hand and body lotion. Four years in the making, Malcolm’s Miracle works great and lasts a long time!

 

Dakota and Vegan.com’s Top 10 Recipes of 2008 (April 30, 2008)

Best-selling author Martha Grimes’ new Andi Oliver novel, Dakota, exposes the realities of today’s factory farms and industrial slaughterhouses. One Amazon reviewer says: “Found myself Googling ‘vegetarian recipes’ after I closed the book.”

Bonus link: Vegan.com’s Top 10 Recipes of 2008.

 

Trader Joe’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (April 16, 2008)

Matt: “Trader Joe’s vegan chocolate chip cookies sit in the cupboard, taunting me all day, calling out that I should just give in and eat the entire delicious bag. Bad cookies! Bad!”

 

Lightlife Organic Three Grain Tempeh (April 9, 2008)

Catherine:Lightlife’s Organic Three Grain Tempeh is versatile and healthy for you – I love it!” Google “Tempeh recipe” for ideas, including these from Turtle Island.

 

Gardenburger BBQ Riblets (April 2, 2008)

Leah: Gardenburger BBQ Riblets – we use them at least once per week and enjoy them on their own as well as in our favorite recipes. The sauce on them is awesome!”

 

Vega Complete Wholefood Health Optimizer and
The Great Escape Children’s Book (March 26, 2008)

Ryan: “Vega is great!”

Bruce: “The Great Escape, a ‘real page-turner’ for young adults, by Natalie Haynes.”

Finally, the essay “Activism and Veganism.”

 

Field Roast Celebration Roast (March 19, 2008)

This week’s pick comes directly from the VO office: Celebration Roast by Field Roast, and all we can say is,“WOW!” Jon Camp said,“This might be the best mock meat I’ve ever tasted!” We only wish more of their products were available here.

 

Homemade Cookie Pie (March 5, 2008)

Recipe for Benevolent Goddess Miranda Robbins’ World-Famous Cookie Pie!

 

Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers (February 27, 2008)

Abigail: “Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers are delightful. They’re totally vegan, not overloaded with soy, and delicious.”

 

Trader Joe’s Chicken-less/Beef-less Strips (February 20, 2008)

Similar to Morningstar Farm’s Meal Starters, Trader Joe’s has introduced Chicken-less and Beef-less Strips; in the refrigerated (not frozen) section.

 

Ragazzi Footwear (February 6, 2008)

Jack: “Although there are many fine sources of vegan shoes, Ragazzi has a great selection of snazzy footwear.”

 

Donna Klein Cookbooks (January 30, 2008)

Deborah: “Donna Klein’s cookbooks: Vegan Italiano and The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen have provided me with wonderful authentic meals. Even my Italian, meat-eating husband (who is only eating vegetarian meals at home to humor his wife) is happy with the dishes found in Klein’s books.”

 

Pacific Foods Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (January 23, 2008)

Adriana: “Organic Light Sodium Creamy Butternut Squash Soup made by Pacific Natural Foods is wonderful poured right out of the box and heated in a microwave. Perfect for a cold winter day when you don’t feel like cooking. Made with soymilk and only 280 mg sodium per cup.”

 

Lärabars (January 16, 2008)

Theresa: “I have just discovered Lärabars. They are raw, unprocessed and really good for you. They are made with only a few ingredients and are very tasty.”

 

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook (January 9, 2008)

Do you love to cook, explore new recipes, and try unusual ingredients? From the familiar to the exotic, Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is, indeed, the ultimate vegan cookbook! Via DawnWatch, you can hear a great NPR interview with the authors here.

 

Vegan Outreach Bumper Stickers (January 2, 2008)

New bumper stickers are now available from the Vegan Outreach catalog. Thanks to designer extraordinaire Lauren Panos!

 

Favorite Products of 2007

VRG Book List and The Vegetarian Site’s Gift List (December 12, 2007)

VRG just compiled and posted a veggie-friendly children’s book list (in PDF format PDF), and TheVegetarianSite.com has the Top 20 Vegan Gifts under $20.

 

Living Harvest Hempmilk (December 5, 2007)

Matt R: “Nutritiously packed with 14 essential vitamins and minerals (including almost 50% RDA of calcium) and a good source of omega-3s, you can’t get any better than Living Harvest Hempmilk. It has become the sole non-dairy beverage allowed in my dwelling.”

 

Organic Naturepops Lollipops (November 28, 2007)

Jesse: “Organic Naturepops Lollipops. I was searching for candies I could give my class as a reward for doing outstanding work. I found these lollipops and they are truly delicious. The flavors taste very intense.”

 

Mock Meats for the Holidays (November 21, 2007)

Don’t have access to Meal Starters, Tofurky (web site; in the news), or store-bought seitan? Try your hand at making seitan! Also, see this COK holiday menu.

 

The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook (November 14, 2007)

Ellen Green

Entertaining meat eaters this holiday season? Robin Robertson’s The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook is a good starting point for those occasions. Don’t have time to make seitan? Replace with Meal Starters.

Right: Vegan-from-birth Ellen Green prepares to dig into a meal of vegan drumsticks, Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs, mashed potatoes (made with Silk Enhanced) and gravy (also made with Silk Enhanced) – organic carrots, too.

 

Couch Vegan Belts (November 7, 2007)

Abigail: I nominate Couch vegan belts. They are extremely durable, look great, and are significantly cheaper than most nice vegan belts online.

 

Probar (October 31, 2007)

VO office: “Although not as widely available as some other bars, Probar is a high-energy, nutrient-dense whole foods meal replacement. Comes in seven different flavors, and can be ordered online.”

 

Tree Huggin’ Treats Crispy Cat Candy Bars (October 24, 2007)

Mindy: “Crispy Cat candy bars – the organic, vegan, and kosher candy bars come in 3 flavors: Mint Coconut, Roasted Peanut, and Toasted Almond. Crispy Cat bars are beginning to show up in natural food stores.”

 

Mareblu Naturals Vegan Nut Crunch (October 17, 2007)

Clark: “Mareblu Naturals makes 8 flavors of peanut free, gluten-free, vegan nut crunch. I found the Cashew Crunch at Costco. All of the flavors are lightly sweetened with brown rice syrup.”

 

Van’s Organic Waffles (October 10, 2007)

Nina: “Van’s Organic Waffles are delicious! They taste great and keep me full for the morning. Vegan waffles are all USDA organic and the choices are Blueberry (my favorite), Original, and soy-flax. The waffles taste great with Soy Garden buttery spread. They don’t even need syrup! They really are that good!”

 

Compassionate Cooks (October 3, 2007)

VO office: “Compassionate Cooks, where you can get podcasts, view recipes, etc. You can order the DVD from Vegan Outreach’s catalog.”

 

Delicious TV (September 26, 2007)

Bob points out this great vegan cooking show: “Delicious TV! You can see the recipes, get the video podcasts, and/or watch the episodes!”

 

Vegan Marshmallows (September 19, 2007)

Several folks have written in to nominate their favorite vegan marshmallows – from Pangea or from Sweet & Sara.

 

Tofurky Jurky and Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger (September 5, 2007)

VO’s Operations Officer Anne: “Any company who thinks they can bribe their way to a spot in our e-newsletter by sending us samples is absolutely right…as long as their products are as good as Tofurky Jurky! Perfect texture and very flavorful, it is a great food for travel, school lunches, hiking, you name it. High in protein, low in fat, too.”

Executive Director Matt: “Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger has no soy or wheat – it is truly a vegetable patty. Unlike any other ‘burger’ my family has had – all three of us like them! Delish!”

 

Hodgson Mill Ground Flax Seed (August 29, 2007)

B Wolf: “I absolutely love Hodgson Mills’ ground flax seed. It can be added to virtually anything, it has 2600 milligrams of omega-3s per serving, it is gluten-free, and may also be used as an egg substitute. One tablespoon of ground flax plus three tablespoons of H2O equals one egg.”

 

Smart Balance Omega Peanut Butter (August 15, 2007)

Brian: “I would like to recommend the Smart Balance Omega Peanut Butter. It tastes great, has omega-3 fatty acids, and is labeled as vegan.”

 

Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds (August 8, 2007)

Linda: “Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds. This product is a perfect substitute for Parmesan cheese. Comes in a bright yellow bag, and I’ve bought them at Vitamin Shoppe and at Wild Oats.”

 

Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites (August 1, 2007)

Anne: “Crum Creek Mills makes a great pretzel-like snack in single-serving, ~100 calorie packs. Soy Bites come in rosemary & garlic, onion, sesame, and everything flavors. They are low fat, 6 grams of protein. Good straight out of the bag, but even better with dip or hummus.”

 

Temptation Vegan Ice Cream (July 25, 2007)

Sarah: “I am in love with new vegan ice cream Temptation, especially their chocolate chip cookie dough! Not only are their products unbelievably yummy, but they are a private company that runs its own dairy-free and nut-free equipment!”

 

Yves Meatless Bologna and Vegan EPA (July 18, 2007)

Cheri: “Yves bologna slices – perfect for when you want to just eat a bologna sandwich with lettuce and mustard for the simple lunch from childhood.”

Jack Norris, RD has posted a new vegan EPA (essential fatty acid) supplement to here.

Longtime member and friend Kathryn Bulver sent in her Red and Green Potato Salad recipe – perfect for summer gatherings, or with your bologna sandwich! Also note the other great recipes in our starter guide.

 

Vegetarian Express Parma Zaan and SoyWallets (July 11, 2007)

Several people wrote in to nominate Parma Zaan by Vegetarian Express – “just delicious on bread for a yummy cheese bread, or on steamed veggies, or pasta and marinara sauce.” See also this recommendation for a cheesy topping.

Jenna Calabrese: “My friend Drew and some of the other fantastic vegans have begun a do-it-yourself wallet-making project called SoyWallets. They are hand-crafting wallets out of empty Silk cartons and donating to Vegan Outreach. They also have instructions to help you make your own.”

 

Goodbaker Vegan Baking Mixes (July 4, 2007)

Sasha: “Goodbaker.com has the best tasting vegan baking mixes ever! So simple, you only need to add water and a little oil for the amazing chocolate brownie mix, chocolate chip cookie mix, chocolate cake mix, chocolate ganache mix, pancake and waffle mix, and more. Plus they also have organic imported dairy-free chocolate chips at a good price.”

 

Earth Balance Buttery Spreads (June 13, 2007)

Francesca reports: “I recently spent two weeks in the United States and discovered a wonderful vegan 100% organic spread called Earth Balance. It is light and buttery. I do so wish we had it in Australia!”

 

Don Lee Veggie Patties (June 6, 2007)

Via Vegan.com, Erik Marcus found the Don Lee Veggie Patties in the refrigerated section at his local Costco, and says it is the best veggie burger he’s ever had.

 

Krunchers Spicy Fresh Salsa Tortilla Chips (May 30, 2007)

Mikael and Lindsey: “Krunchers Spicy Fresh Salsa tortilla chips are a great vegan alternative to Doritos! These crispy triangles are so perfectly seasoned with just a hint of spiciness that you would never know they aren’t Cheesy Doritos. They’re so good it’s hard not to eat the whole thing in one sitting!!”

 

Little Vegan Monsters Cookbook (May 16, 2007)

Recent birthday girl Jenna Calabrese: “I’d like to nominate the new Little Vegan Monsters cookbook, available now from Little Vegan Monsters press in New Haven, CT! This book is jammed full of delicious vegan recipes, from drinks to desserts and everything in between. And it’s always great to support those local cruelty-free businesses!”

 

Health Master 100 Juicer/Blender (May 9, 2007)

In response to the previous mention of the Vitamix, Shirley nominates the Health Master 100 as a less expensive option: “It does just as good for a fraction of the cost. We start the day with our own version of V8 – tomatoes, celery, bell pepper, spinach, collards, cabbage, carrots, flax seed.”

 

Tofurky Jurky (May 2, 2007)

Christina: “Oh my goodness – Tofurky Jurky is the best stuff ever! Especially the peppered kind!”

 

Amy’s Spinach Pizza and Lightlife Smart Deli Pepperoni (April 25, 2007)

Todd: “Amy’s Rice Crust Spinach Pizza is ‘hands-down’ the best frozen vegan pizza available! I like to add Lightlife’s Smart Deli Pepperoni Slices to mine for a little extra boost.”

 

Vitamix (April 18, 2007)

Bruce says he and his wife use their Vitamix every day: “With one smoothie, each of us get our five fruit servings and plenty of omega-3s [with added flaxseeds and/or walnuts] for the day.”

 

Nutrilicious Donut Holes (April 11, 2007)

Dill: “I’m totally hooked on Nutrilicious Donut Holes. Dunked in soymilk, they’re chocolatey goodness.”

 

Wildwood’s Organic Unsweetened Plain Soyogurt (April 4, 2007)

Lauren: “Wildwood’s Organic Unsweetened Plain Soyogurt. I love to add soy yogurt to smoothies!”

 

Grassroots Skin Care Line (March 28, 2007)

Susan Kline: “The Department store Kohls is now carrying a line of skin care that is vegan. The line is called Grassroots. Their formulas ‘do not contain animal ingredients, artificial colors or fragrances and they are not tested on animals.’”

 

Chilli Man Vegetarian Chili (March 21, 2007)

Joe Espinosa: “My suggestion for ‘Product of the Week’ is Chilli Man brand vegetarian chili. Flavorful enough that I use a can of chili with an equal amount of my own cooked beans (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, or pintos) for a hearty meal that allows me to brave the tough Chicago winter. I am able to find it among the other canned chili at Jewel (grocery story chain in Illinois).”

 

Johnny Rockets Streamliner and Snooty Jewelry (March 7, 2007)

Bruce F: “Johnny Rockets Streamlinerbest restaurant veggie burger – is buy one, get one free for March with this coupon!”

Jenna C: “We should give a shout-out to the long-time Vegan Outreach supporters at Snooty Jewelry.”

Jack Norris: “Get your Iron here!”

 

BuyKind.com (February 28, 2007)

Pippi: “For great taste, BuyKind.com and it’s fun. You go there and find a restaurant, or menu that tempts your tastebuds and order…Ta Da! Food arrives at your door! They also have vegan chocolates, organic/fair trade coffee, vegan wine and other fun stuff. Check it out! It’s fun and it’s super YUM!”

 

Organic Sunshine Burgers (February 21, 2007)

Mae: “I nominate Organic Sunshine Burgers – they are delish! They are made with whole grains, veggies and raw sunflower seeds (and gluten free as well) not too dry or bland. I’ve had a hard time finding them but have been seeing them in more and more places. Very Good!!”

 

Good Karma Organic Rice Divine Sundae Cups (February 14, 2007)

Anonymous: “Good Karma’s organic rice cream single-serve sundae cups are amazing! Kosher, trans-fat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and the company claims to ‘support green farming’ and to donate some of their profits to ending world hunger. Well, they just ended my hunger!”

 

Terra Nostra Ricemilk Choco Bar and
MaggieMudd Mudslinger’s Freestyle Ice Creams (February 7, 2007)

Beth Cox: “I’d like to nominate Terra Nostra’s Ricemilk Choco Bar. Once I became a vegan I accepted the end of milk chocolate and have now developed a real appreciation of dark chocolate. Still, it is great to be able to have vegan milk chocolate and the taste is amazing.”

K Welsh: “If anyone in the Bay Area hasn’t tasted MaggieMudd’s Freestyle ice creams, you’re missing out!”

 

Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap (January 31, 2007)

Marty Foster: “My favorite soap is Kirk’s Original Coco Castile. It’s cheaper than most vegan soaps (about $1 for a 4-oz. bar) and is available at many grocery stores (for a list, check out kirksnatural.com). It lathers really well in hard water, lasts a long time and has no discernable fragrance. This product carries the leaping bunny symbol, which confirms no animal testing.”

 

WholeSoy Frozen Yogurt and WaPo’s Real Faux Burger (January 24, 2007)

Marisa Miller: “I want to let any other hazelnut lovers out there know about the chocolate hazelnut flavor of WholeSoy & Co. frozen yogurt. In Europe, hazelnuts are as popular as peanuts are here. Finally, fans of ‘Haselnuss Eis’ and ‘nocciola gelato’ can now get their fix!”

Also, The Washington Post finds the Real Faux Burger.

 

Plant Based Nutrition and Health and Becoming Vegan Books (January 17, 2007)

The two best books about vegan nutrition currently available are Plant Based Nutrition and Health and Becoming Vegan. These are available at Amazon.com (1, 2) or via the Vegan Outreach catalog.

 

Nasoya Tangy Blue Vegan Dressing (January 10, 2007)

Josh Warchol: “I’d like to suggest Nasoya Tangy Blue Vegan Dressing. Part of a new line of refrigerated vegan dressings, it tastes very good on a salad or for dipping buffalo-style veggie chik’n strips.”

 

Amy’s Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich (January 3, 2007)

Jean B of WA: “Amy’s Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich, heated for 1.5 minutes in microwave, then topped with lots of Barlean’s Flax Oil and Red Star powdered nutritional yeast. I top everything with flax oil and yeast – popcorn, broccoli & other veggies, potatoes, bread, soy meats, etc. It’s easy, fast, and super delicious. I never seem to tire of the flavor!”

 

Favorite Products of 2006

VO Basket of Goodies from Sun Flour Baking Co. (December 20, 2006)

Sun Flour Baking Company has developed a new Vegan Outreach basket of goodies. Perfect for the holidays, or anytime!

 

More Mock Meats for the Holidays (December 13, 2006)

Paul Shapiro claims that these Meal Starters, especially the Steak Style, are the best mock meat product available at regular natural foods chains (and some grocery stores, such as Giant Eagle). Business Week gave the Tofurky dinner a good review. Vegan Outreach co-founder Matt Ball will be serving his non-vegan extended family these drumsticks and other products from VegieWorld.com for Christmas dinner.

 

Bulk Barn (December 6, 2006)

Michael Hayward: “I’d like to nominate Bulk Barn. They stock a huge selection of bulk vegan foods such as rices, dried beans, pastas, whole grains, TVP, nuts, seeds, hemp, flax, trail mixes, etc., at very reasonable prices. I don’t know if the founder is a veg, but he certainly makes life easier for Canadian veg*ns.”

 

Food For Life Products and B-Fresh Gum (November 29, 2006)

Jessica Hudgins: “I’d like to submit a company of the week: Food For Life. Everything from their breads, bagels, English muffins, wraps and cereals are simply delicious and amazing. All certified organic, I’m pretty sure it’s all vegan; most are all sprouted grain and gluten free.”

Lauren Porsch: “I’ve found a product that I think Jack Norris would approve: B-Fresh chewing gum. It’s a xylitol-based gum (xylitol is a plant-based substance that has been proven to prevent tooth decay and promote oral health) that contains 100% of the RDI of vitamin B12. The packaging clearly states ‘vegan.’ You can get it in the oral care section at Whole Foods.”

 

Eco Lips Bee Free Lip Balm (November 22, 2006)

Sean: “Winter is coming, and Eco Lips Bee Free Lemon-Lime is one of the many reasons I enjoy the season. My lips crack easily, and this lip balm stick melts to your lips and has a fantastic lemon-lime flavor, and it works really well.”

 

Red Star Nutritional Yeast and Stonewall’s Jerquee (November 15, 2006)

Joe Espinosa: “I am writing to nominate Red Star Nutritional Yeast for product of the week. I was introduced to this product and was instantly addicted. On pizza bread, beans, soups, salads and even popcorn, it adds a burst of flavor that redefines what it means to be vegan.” Anne Green blends 1C walnuts, 1/2 C ground flaxseeds, and 1C of nutritional yeast (which she gets in bulk from the local co-op) in a food processor to make high-omega-3 “sprinkles” for pizza, popcorn, pasta, and other “p” foodstuffs.

Kristen S: “Stonewall’s Jerquee is dangerously addictive. Savory and full of protein, it is difficult to find in bulk in most areas – but you can avoid the excessively packaged 1.5-oz. bags by buying it in bulk at Vegan Essentials.”

 

VegieWorld.com Mock Meats (November 8, 2006)

VO office: “VegieWorld.com is a great source of frozen vegetarian meats, even though their website is somewhat confusing. The foods we’ve ordered shipped quickly and arrived still frozen. The drumsticks were too spooky for one of us, and would be great for any gathering of meat eaters. A friend reports that the shrimp is also incredible.”

 

Living Harvest Hemp Protein (November 1, 2006)

A. Leamen: “Living Harvest Hemp Protein in Chocolate Chili: It’s organic, vegan, and soy & gluten free. It tastes great mixed with vanilla rice milk.”

 

Sun Flour Baking Co. Wheat-Free Cookies and
Purely Decadent Vegan Ice Cream (October 18, 2006)

Gentleman Jack Norris is back with a plug for wheat-free cookies: “Allergic to wheat? Sun Flour Baking Company, long supporters of vegan causes, is now carrying a wide variety of high protein, wheat-free cookies and bars. Check ’em out! (Free shipping with $15 order.)”

In a nomination seconded by the VO headquarters, Sheila from Michigan offers: “I would have to say Soy Delicious Purely Decadent Peanut Butter Zig Zag. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it wasn’t vegan!”

 

Celestial Seasonings Tea Dreams Frozen Dessert, Boca Burger, and
Don Pomodoro Vegetable Soups (October 11, 2006)

Professor Laura Dilley: “My nomination is for Celestial Seasonings’ Tea Dreams frozen dessert with Rice Dream in Imperial White Peach flavor. It is entirely vegan but tastes like cheesecake and is unbelievably delicious.” (Update: This product is now marketed by Taste the Dream, as the Rice Dream Supreme Bar.)

For best sandwich, Caryn in Texas: “I nominate Boca’s Original Burger served on a sprouted grain bun (Ezekiel Bread by Food For Life) with melted vegan soy cheese, sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and avocado. Yum! It’s an easy, quick weeknight meal my family enjoys, especially the kids!”

Gentleman Jack has this advice:

Looking for a fast, yet delicious meal on the go?

  • Can of vegetable soup
  • Macaroni or other pasta noodles as desired (already cooked)
  • Canned beans of choice (about 1/4 C)
  • Olive oil, if desired, to taste (especially for fat-free soups)

Don Pomodoro vegetable soups are available at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and are amazing, but the above “recipe” can be used with any vegetable soup.

 

Sweet and Sara Mexican Chocolate Marshmallows and
Fantastic World Foods Soups (October 4, 2006)

Christy LaRose enthuses: “Sweet and Sara Mexican Chocolate Marshmallows! I tried them at AR2006 and they are incredible! The perfect sweet, chocolaty snack after dinner.”

Beth Brettell nominates Fantastic World Foods soups: “While they are all delicious, my favorite, hands down, is the Vegetarian Chicken Noodle. It tastes just like how my Mom would make her chicken soup when I was a kid. And its vegan and super yummy! I brought some of their soups when I went camping this summer and even my meat-eater friends liked them.”

 

Temptation Vegan Ice Cream and Magic Bullet Blender (September 27, 2006)

Susan K writes: “I just discovered the best vegan chocolate ice cream ever made by a company called Temptation. They also had Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough that my friend had and said it was equally as yummy.”

And for around the kitchen, Tawnya R endorses the Magic Bullet blender: “I use my Bullet for fruit or soy-based, stevia-sweetened, frozen desserts. I prefreeze ice cubes of Silk soy beverage in a variety of flavors and place them in a freezer zip bag. When I want a treat I fill the small canister with cubes and add stevia and just enough fluid Silk to cover.”

 

Good Karma Organic Rice Divine Frozen Dessert (September 20, 2006)

Wendy in wonderful Tucson says: “Good Karma rice cream is the best ‘ice cream’ we have ever had. Very creamy. Great flavors such as Carrot Cake. We purchased it at Trader Joe’s.”

 

Peaches (September 13, 2006)

Brian Patrick’s vote is for plain old peaches: “If you haven’t had any in a while, this year’s crop has been outstanding. Each one is so juicy I have to be careful about eating them at work for fear of staining my tie. Just the right amount of sweetness as well. I’ve had ones from New Jersey, Georgia, South Carolina, and bought straight from the orchard a few miles outside of Washington, DC. Each one has its own character but never disappointing.”

 

Tofutti Sour Supreme (September 6, 2006)

Diane in Canada: “I’ve just discovered Tofutti sour cream substitute, absolutely delicious!”

 

Soy Delicious Vegan Ice Cream (August 30, 2006)

Rob McFarland: “I have gotten hooked on the new Mocha Almond flavor of Soy Delicious. It is the best thing I think I have ever had, even better than the real thing! It is mocha ice cream with a fudge swirl and almonds. So good, in fact, that it is making me fat again. I need to stop eating it for a while, but don’t worry Soy Delicious, I’ll be back for more. Also try the Raspberry À La Mode – raspberry swirl in vanilla ice cream with brownie pieces. Sooo good!”

 

Amy’s Rice Crust Spinach Pizza (August 23, 2006)

Both Arnold Freeman and lauren Ornelas point out Amy’s Rice Crust Spinach Pizza. Arnold: “It has vegan cheese and is delicious. I tried it at the Natural Products Expo a few months ago and it is finally on the market. I asked my local Whole Foods to order me some and they said they will have them for me tomorrow. I can’t wait. BTW, for those who care, the pizza is also gluten free.” lauren adds that “Amy’s Baked Ziti Bowl (rice pasta, tomato sauce, & veggie bowl, also with Follow Your Heart’s vegan cheese) should be out on the West Coast now and making its way east! It is gluten free.”

 

Vegan Sweets Chocolate Spread and
Good Karma Rice Divine Desserts (August 16, 2006)

Matt Ball jumps to the front of the line of products to plug Vegan Sweets Chocolate Spread.“Pass this along to anyone who thinks vegan sweets aren’t great!”

Speaking of sweets, Meredith MacCracken adds: “I love the new organic frozen rice cream desserts by Good Karma. Try the Carrot Cake – yum! Available at Trader Joe’s.”

 

Soyatoo! Soy Whip (August 9, 2006)

Alex V: “Vegan whip cream! I was at Wild Oats the other day and someone told me that they got soy whip cream! Yummy!”

 

Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs and Roasted Garlic Marinara (July 28, 2006)

Erika Killen writes: “I’d like to nominate the Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs and also their Roasted Garlic Marinara for your ‘Product of the Week.’ Together with their whole wheat penne pasta and a nice salad you have a lovely, healthy, and scrumptious dinner.”

 

Down to Earth Vegan Mix Fertilizer (July 12, 2006)

Jessica Dadds: “I’d like to nominate Down to Earth’s Vegan Mix fertilizer: ‘An all purpose fertilizer made with no animal products or animal by-products.’ I was very excited to come across this fertilizer, since many contain animal products.”

 

McCain Smilies and Almost Vegan (July 5, 2006)

Danielle Marino: “McCain’s came out with Smilies, a French fry outside and mashed potato inside in the shape of a smiley face. With no trans fats and only vegan ingredients, these are sure to put a smile on your face. You should be able to find these in about any mainstream grocery store – I purchase mine at Dominick’s.”

Bonus link: Almost Vegan blog.

 

Follow Your Heart Vegenaise and A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise (June 14, 2006)

Alisha Hammer: “I would like to nominate Follow Your Heart Vegenaise. I have bought the Original and Grapeseed Oil versions and both are awesome. I used to miss eating garden tomato sandwiches with mayonnaise. Not any more! Vegenaise is great slathered on a burger, or used in place of mayo in your old pasta and potato salad recipes. It’s a great staple for your summer vegan barbecues!”

Bonus link: A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise blog.

 

Wildwood Yogurt and The Vegan Pantry (June 7, 2006)

Holly: “I’d like to nominate Wildwood Soyogurt as ‘Product of the week.’ It’s the only yogurt on the market I’ve found to be similar to the real thing. Plus, it has all the same live culture benefits of traditional yogurt.”

Bonus link: The Vegan Pantry.

 

Tree Huggin’ Treats and Boca Chik’n Patties (May 23, 2006)

Jana Wilson: “I nominate Tree Huggin’ Treats! They are organic and vegan and super fantastic!”

Susan Kline: “Boca Original and Spicy Chik’n Patties are now vegan. They are wonderful panfried and placed on a bun with Vegenaise, lettuce and tomato. They can also be sliced and added to a stir-fry. I’m so glad they changed the recipe! Be sure to read the ingredients right now because some of the older boxes might still be on the shelves and contain egg whites.”

 

Simply Asia Noodles & Sauce and Nate’s Meatless Meatballs (May 17, 2006)

Sat Garcia: “I would like to recommend the Noodles & Sauce Meal kits by Simply Asia as the ‘Product of the Week.’ They are a quick and tasty meal at a very affordable price. Not all of them are vegan, but a majority are, and the ingredients list on the box clearly states whether they are or not. Personally, I enjoy the Chili Garlic the most.”

Joe Lauro: “When I went vegan over 20 years ago, being an Italian, I missed my Mother’s specialty – meatballs. Not anymore! If you haven’t tried Nate’s Meatless Meatballs, you’re in for a treat.”

 

Lightlife Smart BBQ (May 3, 2006)

Laurette Timms writes to nominate: “Lightlife’s Smart BBQ. It’s vegan and delicious. My non-vegetarian BBQ-eating friends love it, and are switching to it because it’s convenient and healthier than meat BBQ. Just microwave it in its package and put some on a roll – there’s plenty for two. You can buy it at Wal-Mart Supercenter or Kroger near the tofu for about $3.”

 

Ener-G Egg Replacer and Amy’s Bean & Rice Burrito (April 26, 2006)

Paula Wilson-Caziér from Wyoming: “I’d like to submit the Ener-G Egg Replacer as vegan ‘Product of the Week.’ For people like me who love to bake, it enables us to easily and quickly adapt any recipe to vegan. The entire Ener-G website is a great place to shop – they list all the ingredients of the products and have pop-up windows for nutritional information panels, recipes, and an Ener-G products retail store finder.”

Aly Thewes nominates “Amy’s Bean & Rice Burrito. It’s 100% vegan, and it’s also 100% delicious. I didn’t have too much faith in a frozen burrito tasting too good, but I was wrong.” (Note: Amy’s Breakfast Burrito and Black Bean Vegetable Burrito are vegan, too.)

 

Morningstar Farms Meal Starters and Clif Bars (April 19, 2006)

Lauren Porsch offers: “I’d like to nominate a new vegan product from Morningstar Farms – the chick’n and steak style Meal Starters.”

Laura Brown has discovered: “Clif Bars! I tried these for the first time recently. I was skeptical because bars usually leave a lot to be desired. Not this time – vegan and delicious!”

 

Chicago Soydairy Temptation Vegan Ice Cream (April 5, 2006)

Kandiss Powell: “I am just writing to let you know about a company that is really doing right by veganism. It is hands-down the best vegan ice cream in the world, and it’s an all vegan-run company that uses local ingredients and is eco-friendly. They are called Chicago Soydairy and the ice cream is called Temptation. You can read about their philosophy and company here: WeLoveSoy.com.”

 

Moo-Cluck Cookie Dough Tubes (March 29, 2006)

Mallory McMahon relates: “I used to eat cookie dough right out of the tube. Upon becoming vegan, however, I lost this indulgence, and if I wanted cookie dough as a treat I was forced to mix up a batch from scratch in order to enjoy it! And then I discovered Moo-Cluck brand vegan chocolate chip cookie dough! It can be purchased at Pangea or the Moo-Cluck website. Of course none of my cookie dough made it into the oven – it was either eaten straight from the tube or mixed in with vanilla soy ice cream!”

 

Luna Bars (March 22, 2006)

Maya Davis: “I think Luna Bars should be the ‘Product of the Week.’ They feature many organic ingredients and are vegan. These delicious bars are specifically designed for women.”

 

Safeway Food Markets Select Line (March 8, 2006)

Susan Eakins of Missoula, Montana: “I nominate the Safeway Food Markets Select line of house-brand products, which includes dishwashing detergents, all-purpose cleaners, and detergents. They are low-cost, and not tested on animals! Safeway stores are located throughout most of the USA, under various names such as: Randall’s, Dominick’s, Thom Thumb, Genardi’s. PETA acknowledged Safeway’s Select line in their Proggy awards.”

 

Johnny Rockets Streamliner (March 1, 2006)

During March, you can get a free Johnny Rockets Streamliner (buy one get one free coupon here). Bruce Friedrich says, “This is the best restaurant veggie burger around – so bring a meat eater and treat them to this burger. It’s fantastic.”

 

O Organic Black Bean Enchilada (February 22, 2006)

Tammy wonders “If it’s okay to promote a product from a megacorp like Safeway. I’d like to nominate the O Organic Black Bean Enchilada – an organic and vegan version with nutritional yeast!”

 

Tofurky’s Sausages (February 15, 2006)

Carrie Hill nominates: “Tofurky’s sausages – yes, they are vegan and awesome!! My favorite is the sun-dried tomato [Sweet Italian Sausage]. They are great in a stir-fry with broccoli, onions, mushrooms and peppers, or over spaghetti noodles! They are also low carb and a great source of protein.”

 

Robert’s American Gourmet Tings and Westsoy Soy Shakes (February 8, 2006)

Matt R passes along: “Made from those who bring you Veggie Booty – Tings vegan crunchy ‘cheese’ doodles taste just like the real thing! Also, Westsoy’s Soy Shakes are amazing! Put it in a blender with some Soy Delicious Chunky Mint Madness, and you’re in for a real thick treat. Best thing ever on my tastebuds.”

 

Proggy Awards (January 25, 2005)

What exactly is a Proggy? PETA’s 2005 Progress Awards – products and processes that help animals.

 

Aubrey Organic Personal Care Products (January 11, 2006)

Jose Iglesias nominates Aubrey Organic products: “I personally use their shaving cream, shampoo and deodorant. They are vegan, not tested on animals, and made with natural ingredients, some organic.”

 

Vegan Baking Company Treats (January 5, 2006)

Lynn Halpern nominates “the treats made by the Vegan Baking Company, particularly the Chocolate Peppermint Cream, the Peanut Butter Cup, the Pecan Joy and the S’mores. Each has a different yummy center enrobed in a thick layer of chocolate. They’ve been flying off the shelves since we began carrying them in our (all-vegan) gourmet market last month. Of further note, the company’s website and promotional literature prominently displays the byline, ‘Save the Animals.’”

 

Favorite Products of 2005

Solgar Vegetarian Digestive Aid (December 14, 2005)

Product of the Year: It is often noticed, but rarely discussed, that flatulence can be a significant problem for some people who eat a more whole-foods diet. Solgar’s Vegetarian Digestive Aid is a true blessing for those folks – especially new vegetarians and those who like Gimme Lean and/or veggie chili! You can find them at health food stores and online. Warning: don’t buy this product if past or near its expiration date.

 

Primal Strips Meatless Jerky (December 7, 2005)

Carrie Barton offers snack advice: “Primal Strips are the best – super tasty and available in on the go sizes…the larger size is resealable but I haven’t had the need for it yet! I love the Mesquite-Lime flavor myself. Tasty Eats Soy Jerky is vegan too – I like the Ginger flavor.”

 

Dixie Diners’ Club Meat Substitutes (November 30, 2005)

Virgil Butler recommends the Dixie Diners’ Club (mentioned below for their peanut butter cups):

Although we have tried many of the fake meats in grocery stores, their price was just high enough that we often considered some of them a luxury item. Luckily we were introduced to the “Not! meats” from DixieDiner.com. These are dehydrated non-GMO soy meat alternatives that are so easy to store. You can buy them in all flavors – “beef” (crumbles, chunks, and strips), “chicken” (chunks and strips), “ham,” and even “tuna.” Since we live in a rural area with few vegan options, this was a godsend to us.

You just mix the “meat” with an equal amount of water and boil until the water is absorbed to rehydrate, or simply toss a handful into any kind of soup you are cooking. They would be great either for single people or large groups, and especially for campers.

We have fooled quite a few meat eaters with them because the taste and texture are so close to the real thing. Although they are fine to be used as is, we have found that adding a little bit of vegan bouillon and even sometimes some liquid smoke can make them taste even better, like in gravies or when using barbeque sauce. And at an average of only 72 cents per pound, they are certainly a good value for those vegans on a limited budget – much cheaper than real meat! We have gotten several meat eaters to order some after tasting them.

 

Dixie Diners’ Club Beanit Butter Cup Mix and
Meat Market Book (November 16, 2005)

MacKenzie Barrett writes: “If you miss peanut butter cups, try the Beanit Butter Cup Mix from Dixie Diners’ Club. It comes as a mix, and makes 25 small-size peanut butter cups that taste just like the ones I used to buy before becoming vegan!”

And if looking for a holiday treat for a new vegan or budding activist, keep Meat Market in mind. VegNews said: “Erik Marcus’ Meat Market radically redefines what it means to be an effective animal advocate in the 21st century.”

 

Morningstar Farms Meal Starters (November 9, 2005)

Joyce Tenerowicz writes: “Morningstar Farms has bags of unbreaded mock chicken strips. I made them into ‘chicken and dumplings,’ and they were excellent (I think they are best if you brown them in a frying pan before adding it to a soup to keep the texture). They also have mock beef strips in the same type of packaging. Both of the new mock meat strips are vegan and are marked as such on the bag.” (Note: The Morningstar Farms site also has recipes.)

 

VeganSweets Marshmallows and Tofutti Kids (November 2, 2005)

Jack Norris writes: “Blood sugar low? These will wake you up – rice krispie treats made with the marshmallows from Pangea, the only vegan marshmallow on the market at this time. They even have a recipe on the bag, are easy to make, and delicious!”

Rachel Haugley offers: “My suggestion is aimed at all the moms (and dads): Tofutti Kids are wonderful – it’s an ice-cream dessert with either strawberry, lime, or orange coating (reminiscent of ‘dilly bar’ coating). These are awesome! Kudos to Tofutti for staying on top of their game!”

 

Morningstar Farms Tuno (October 19, 2005)

The irrepressible Joseph Espinosa writes: “Morningstar Farms is dead-on with their Tuno, delivering all of the flavor and none of the suffering and death that comes standard in cans of tuna. I have missed that taste for 12 years. I am happy to be reunited.” (Update: This product has been discontinued.)

 

Jonathan Product Hair Care Line (October 13, 2005)

Michelle Gmaz writes: “The maker of the hair care line Jonathan Product is proud enough to put 100% vegan on the very front of the product. So of course, I had to try it. It is being sold through QVC and Sephora. It is so popular that it is sold out almost everywhere, but I managed to get the shampoo, conditioner and leave-in glossing creme. This stuff is great, like high-end salon products.”

 

Celestial Seasonings Tea Dreams Frozen Desserts (September 28, 2005)

Janet Good writes: “I just discovered Celestial Seasonings Tea Dreams, a new line of dairy-free ‘ice cream.’ And I thought Freezees was good! Well, it is…but this new item rocks. Flavors include Vanilla Ginger Spice Chai, Chocolate Caramel Chai, and Cinnamon Apple Spice. I will never be the same.” (Update: This product is now marketed by Taste the Dream, as the Rice Dream Supreme Bar.)

 

Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese (September 7, 2005)

Christopher Scott writes: “I was given an 8-oz. tub of Tofutti brand Better Than Cream Cheese, plain. I think it must have been a mistake because it is so good! It has a slight nutty flavor like Wheat Thins – I had a hard time not eating the whole thing at one shot! The only reason I didn’t is that one ounce has 80 calories so I only ate half the container at a time.”

 

Trader Joe’s Gardeners Hand Cream (August 31, 2005)

Michele S. Christensen writes: “Gardeners Hand Cream from Trader Joe’s works really well as a moisturizer, and really helps the skin look younger. I swear it works as well or better as some very expensive non-vegan products I used to use. I can feel the effects a full day after applying it, and I wash my hands at least 10 times a day just at work. Also, it has the all-important sunscreen and it is cheap (about $4 for a large tube). It states right on the label ‘Not tested on animals, No animal by-products.’”

 

Tofutti Blueberry Wave Cuties (August 17, 2005)

Carol Hutson writes: “Wow! Tofutti Blueberry Wave milk-free Cuties tastes like blueberry cheesecake ice cream. This is the best animal-free ice cream I have tried. My husband and I kept saying ‘yum’ the whole time.”

 

Boca Chik’n Patties and Boca Chik’n Nuggets (August 10, 2005)

Both Joe Espinosa and Gil Schwartz recently wrote to rave about Boca, which has recently reintroduced their Chik’n Patties and Nuggets without the eggs and milk products they previously had.

 

Turtle Mountain Purely Decadent Vegan Ice Cream (June 29, 2005)

Alyson Powers of Iowa City writes: “Turtle Mountain has a special Purely Decadent line of soy ice cream that is fantastic! My favorite flavors are Mocha Almond Fudge, Turtle Tracks, and Peanut Butter Zig Zag. Mmmmmm… Great for hot summer days!”

 

Heart Thrive Nutritious Meals To Go (June 15, 2005)

Dallas Rising writes: “Heart Thrive Nutritious Meals To Go are so awesome. They taste great, and supply a lot of fiber, calcium, and protein. To me they’re sort of a cross between an energy bar and a healthy cookie. They come in lots of flavors (raisin, apricot, apple, etc.) and are perfect for eating after a workout. For more info, visit SunCakes.com.”

Note: In a previous week, Greenies were mentioned as a dog treat. According to the manufacturer: “the ingredients used for the natural flavoring are proprietary but we can tell you that there is a very small amount of non-beef based animal protein used.” Our apologies.

 

Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese Alternative (June 8, 2005)

Angela Lassiter writes: “I’d like to nominate Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese Alternative. IT MELTS, and it tastes so much like the real thing, I can’t believe it’s vegan!”

 

Wildwood Soy Products, Tofurky Sausages, and
Greenies Dog Snacks (June 1, 2005)

Hyla writes: “Wildwood makes the very very best soy products! Soy yogurt, their plain, is really fabulous. NO SUGAR! This makes it so much better. And their soymilk – chocolate, is so excellent. We like it even better than Silk, which we are quite familiar with as well.”

Amie Hamlin offers: “Tofurky Sausages – they’re huge, they’re delicious, they blur the line between real meat and fake. I don’t like fake meats, but these are truly good. Sauté the Sweet Italian Sausage flavor (contains sun-dried tomatoes and basil) and then add to spaghetti sauce; sauté the Beer Brats (made with microbrewed beer) with onions and peppers, and eat on bread. Do the same with the Kielbasas. If anyone thinks they’re not getting enough protein on a veg diet, these pack 29 grams each!”

Veronica: “My vegan dogs loooove Greenies and Greenies P-Nutz. Great for their teeth, too!” (Please see note above.)

 

Silk Chocolate Soymilk (May 25, 2005)

Jon Camp

In honor of Jon Camp’s recent birthday, this week’s product is Chocolate Silk. Lucy Kelly writes: “More and more stores are selling Silk chocolate soymilk. It has a good helping of essential vitamins and is a good addition to smoothies.”

Although his 40,000+ booklets handed out this semester for Adopt a College is almost double the entire program’s fall 2003 total, Jon could have handed out 80,000, if he didn’t spend half his time fantasizing about Chocolate Silk!

Note: Silk Enhanced has omega-3s, vitamin D, and B12. (Update: Silk Enhanced is now Silk Plus.)

 

Gardenburger BBQ Riblets (May 18, 2005)

Joe Espinosa writes: “I spied Gardenburger’s BBQ Chik’n next to their BBQ Riblets at the Jewel grocery store in Crete, IL (not the most sophisticated store in the world). My whole life I thought that I did not like BBQ. When someone would use BBQ sauce I would have to leave the room because I did not like the smell. However, I was pushed into trying the Gardenburger Riblet and discovered that my fear of the sauce was unfounded. I love the BBQ Chik’n even more – so much so that I had to go back and buy it again the very next day.” (Update: Gardenburger seems to have discontinued the BBQ Chik’n product, but the BBQ Riblets are still available.)

 

Northland Cranberry Juices and Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate (May 11, 2005)

Looking to get more antioxidant-rich berries in your life? Check out Northland Cranberry juices – the Cranberry-Blueberry is especially good!

And don’t forget how high in antioxidants dark chocolate is! Irene Rindos writes: “Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate is the best dark chocolate ever! The best is their Nibby Bar, dark chocolate with cacao nibs.”

 

House of Tsang Teriyaki Sauce and
Tofurky “Philly Style” Steak Deli Slices (May 4, 2005)

Anne Green comments: “Everything can use some more Teriyaki sauce! House of Tsang’s works on everything from a stir-fry to a veggie burger to a salad!” Available in ethnic food sections of grocery stores.

Last week, Carnegie Mellon student MC mentioned Philly cheesesteaks. Tofurky has “Philly Style” Steak Deli Slices. This is great fried with onions and Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternatives or your favorite vegan cheese recipe!

 

Loma Linda Big Franks (April 27, 2005)

Jean Bettanny writes: “I just discovered Loma Linda Big Franks (they are canned). Tasted a sample at Vegfest in Seattle and found them to be delicious! Can’t find them locally so searched the web and now mail order them from AndysMarket.com.”

 

Primal Strips Meatless Jerky (April 13, 2005)

Jack Norris writes: “Check out Primal Strips Meatless Jerky. A friend sent me a couple samples – they are the best thing I’ve eaten since becoming vegan a million years ago!”

 

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