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GORDON FOODS SALADS TEST PRODUCT RECIPES

PINEAPPLE PINE NUT DRESSING

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PINEAPPLE PINE NUT DRESSING

Gordon Food Store brand Pineapple Topping combined with pine nuts, cacao beans, Napa Valley Naturals Champagne Vinegar and maple syrup! Tastes like dessert. Serve over salad greens or fresh fruit!

Makes approx. 4 cups

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LABELING

WHAT CONSTITUTES ANIMAL-FREE TO ME

 ANIMAL-FREE VEGAN COMPANIES ARE STILL IN THEIR BIRTHING STAGE

What this means is that for many companies to get up and running they need to use the factories that other companies use to manufacture their goods that do contain animal products. They basically rent out the facilities, thus the common labeling of possible and/or traces of allergens – among them animal products – on their animal-free vegan goods.

There are very few animal-free vegan companies that build their own factories. Most simply can’t afford the cost. So until such time that the demand for animal-free vegan goods increases to the point where they can stand on their own, I accept that there may be traces of animal products in the animal-free vegan products that I purchase. They can clean the equipment between uses, but it’s nearly impossible to wipe out all traces of what was previously manufactured on the same equipment.

My criterion for animal-free is that the recipe itself contain no animal products.

If my French fries that I order at a restaurant are fried in the same oil that chicken is fried, I will eat the fries. The demand isn’t popular enough for restaurants to have essentially two kitchens – one for animal-free, one for animals. For me to refuse to eat out, doesn’t make any sense, since evolution takes time, and my presence at a restaurant ordering an animal-free dish matters. It shows the chefs, the workers, the patrons that I want to eat there, but I don’t want any animals in my food.

There’s not a magic wand we vegans are going to wave, whereby one day we wake up and all manufacturing companies and restaurants suddenly decide to convert their manufacturing plants and eating establishments to animal-free vegan – and then instantly follow through on it.

Veganism is spreading more rapidly than in the past, still, the way restaurants are currently responding to that trend is by focusing more on vegetarian (including eggs and dairy) than on all vegetable/plant-based.

There’s a Chinese restaurant I go to where the chef makes tofu – to date about eight different ways. Delicious! with many different sauces and combinations of vegetables and fruit. He of course has a full animal-based menu. For me not to eat there because he cooks animals would be counterproductive to the movement. Chefs evolve just like everybody else, and often meet resistance from those who want to hold onto their traditional ways of cooking. If there aren’t enough vegan customers to keep them in business (which there aren’t), all the restaurants will go out of business. And then where will we be?

Then there’s the grocery stores. If I won’t shop at a grocery store that sells meat, I won’t eat, because there aren’t enough of them that are totally vegan.

That will all change, but in the meanwhile I’m going to be part of that change, by supporting animal-free vegan companies that may have traces of animal products in their animal-free vegan goods, because they can’t yet afford to build their own factories, and I will eat at animal-based restaurants that care enough about my business to make me a delicious animal-free meal.

Although we’ve come a long way, we are still in the birthing stage of making our dreams of a cruelty-free planet a reality everywhere. Giving up because we’re not yet there is not an option I give myself.

The animals need us at every stage and juncture of the evolutionary process to free them.






 

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DESSERTS GO MAX GO ROLAND FOODS TEST PRODUCT RECIPES

HOMEMADE CLEO’S BANANA ICE-CREAM

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HOMEMADE CLEO’S BANANA ICE-CREAM

“CLEO’S” Vegan Peanut Butter Cups by Go Max Go, processed with ripe bananas, Roland Classic Coconut Milk and maple syrup. Frozen to desired consistency. Topped with soy or coconut whipped cream. Sprinkled with shaved Thumb’s Up Go Max Go candy bar and topped with a fresh cherry!

Makes 4 cups

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CHI CHI'S GOAT MAINS RED GOLD ROLAND FOODS SAFFRON SAUCES TEST PRODUCT RECIPES Update

TOMATO SAFFRON SAUCE OVER PIEROGI

TOMATO GREEN CHILI SAFFRON SAUCE

TOMATO SAFFRON SAUCE OVER PIEROGI

Red Gold Diced Tomatoes with Chi-Chi Green Chilies, Roland Classic Coconut Milk, cilantro, garlic, coriander saffron. Ladled over JJ Wilk Potato and Onion Pierogi! Topped with fresh cilantro garnish and a wedge of fresh lemon!

Makes approx. 6 cups sauce

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APPETIZER GOAT TEST PRODUCT RECIPES WINE

CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH

ITALIAN BABAGANOUSH

CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH

Roasted eggplant and Betty Crocker Bac-os combined with a mushroom, red wine and garlic reduction. Finished with toasted sesame seed, tomato and Gia Russa Balsamic glaze! Served with grilled pita bread and/or sliced French baguette and sides of capers and/or chopped Kalamata olive!

Makes 3-1/2 cups

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SALADS TEST PRODUCT RECIPES

PINEAPPLE COCONUT COLESLAW

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PINEAPPLE COCONUT COLESLAW

A delicious, fresh tasting coleslaw made from Pineapple Topping (that is normally served over ice-cream), mustard, a dash of cinnamon and coconut. Tossed with shredded cabbage, fresh parsley and celery seed! Perfect for home or restaurant!

Makes 2 cups dressing, approx. 7 cups coleslaw

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JUST MAYO SALADS TEST PRODUCT RECIPES Wish-Bone

CREAMY RUSSIAN DRESSING

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CREAMY RUSSIAN DRESSING

Bottled Wish-Bone Russian Dressing mixed with veggie mayo, fennel, tarragon and liquid smoke. It doesn’t take much to create a new dressing out of an old favorite!

Makes 1-2/3 cups

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BEYOND MEAT TEST PRODUCT REVIEWS

PRODUCT REVIEW OF FIELD ROAST HAND-FORMED GRAIN BURGERS

 PRODUCT REVIEW OF FIELD ROAST HAND-FORMED GRAIN BURGERS

FIELD ROAST HAND-FORMED BURGER

As plant-based burgers go, Field Roast Hand-Formed Burger is the best of all the burgers I’ve tried. The folks at Field Roast aren’t afraid to use a little fat, which makes the burgers juicy. And that’s what everybody likes about a burger – plant-based or not.

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ENGLISH MUFFIN Field Roast Grain Meats & Cheeses GOAT MINOR'S FLAVOR PASTE TEST PRODUCT RECIPES WINE

KNIFE AND FORK GRAVY & GRAIN BURGER SANDWICH

MINI PEPPER GRAVY KNIFE AND FORK SANDWICH WITH HAND FORMED BURGER FIELD ROAST ON ENGLISH MUFFIN

KNIFE AND FORK GRAVY & GRAIN BURGER SANDWICH

Pan-Fried Hand-Formed Field Roast Artisan Grain Burgers set atop toasted English muffin halves. Topped generously with Sweet Mini Pepper Gravy. Served open-faced with knife & fork! This is a made in heaven sandwich!

Makes as many as you want

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SANDWICHES TEST PRODUCTS Wilson Produce

SWEET MINI PEPPERS – WILSON PRODUCE

SWEET MINI PEPPERS

Do you know how the skins separate from the meat of green, red, orange and yellow peppers when cooked? These sweet peppers don’t, which makes them a joy to cook with and to eat. Normally I wouldn’t put peppers in a gravy for that separation reason, but these turned out great. Check out the recipe: SWEET MINI PEPPER GRAVY.

I like them and I’m not alone. Every market I’ve been to carry them now. Use them in any recipe where you’d normally use sweet fresh peppers.

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GOAT MAINS MINOR'S FLAVOR PASTE SAUCES TEST PRODUCT RECIPES Wilson Produce WINE

SWEET MINI PEPPER GRAVY – a multi-purpose gravy

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SWEET MINI PEPPER GRAVY

with fresh mushroom, red and white wines! An all-purpose gravy. Serve it over pasta, rice, as a hot knife and fork sub sandwich, on a toasted English muffin, in a tofu scramble! Or, serve in bowls with a side of your favorite ‘cutting board’ bread for dunking!

Makes approx. 5-1/2 cups

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LIGHTLIFE PLANT MEATS MAINS MANN'S SUGAR PEAS TEST PRODUCT RECIPES Tofu

VEGGIE SAUSAGE ASIAN TUMBLE

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VEGGIE SAUSAGE ASIAN TUMBLE

A stir-fry of peppers, onion, bok choy and Mann’s Sugar Snap Peas with Gimme Lean Ground Sausage Style. Fresh turmeric root adds an earthy flavor. Tossed with House Foods Tofu Shirataki Macaroni, soy sauce, a little sugar then topped with toasted white and black sesame seed.

Makes 4-6 servings

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APPETIZER CHUNG'S ALL NATURAL VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS MAINS TEST PRODUCTS

CHUNG’S VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS

CHUNG'S VEGGIE POTSTICKERS PKG.

Was I impressed with these potstickers or what? Steve too. I never have high expectations for prepared veggie frozen foods, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, texture, flavor and the way they cooked up ( no breakage).

The directions say to heat  2 T. oil in skillet on medium-high heat. Turn heat to medium, add frozen potstickers, stir and cook for 1 minute. Then you add 6 T. water to skillet, cover, and simmer 6 minutes.

Although they were great the way they were (and maybe because I have an electric stove that matters), next time I would pan-fry them maybe 2 minutes, then add about 3 T. water to the skillet and cook for 4 minutes.

CHUNG'S VEGGIE POTSTICKERS COOKED

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SIDES TEST PRODUCTS

FRESH BABY BOK CHOY

FRESH BABY BOK CHOY

With baby bok choy you can use most of the stalk. They cook up quickly in a stir-fry, so watch cooking time. Still, it will taste good even if overcooked.

When using in soup or stir-fry, add toward the end of cooking time.

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TEST PRODUCTS Tofu

TOFU SHIRATAKI MACARONI

TOFU SHIRATAKI MACARONI

I like everything about tofu pasta.  A great invention. I made a stir-fry the other night, then added these at the end. They only take a few minutes to prepare. Very easy.

They don’t taste and texture like grain pasta, but who cares when both taste and texture please the palate.

CHECK OUT VEGGIE SAUSAGE ASIAN TUMBLE

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MANN'S SUGAR PEAS TEST PRODUCTS

MANN’S STRINGLESS SUGAR SNAP PEAS

MANN'S FAMILY FAVORITES STRINGLESS SUGAR SNAP PEAS FROZEN

One thing I don’t like about sugar snap peas are the strings, especially when they’re frozen. When fresh, I can remove the strings, though it’s time-consuming and a nuisance.

I like the fact that these don’t have strings. And they’re so tender and sweet, requiring very little cooking.

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SO DELICIOUS DAIRY FREE TEST PRODUCTS

SO DELICIOUS HAZELNUT COCONUT MILK CREAMER

SO DELICIOUS HAZELNUT COCONUT MILK CREAMER

When they say ‘so delicious’ they mean it. I can drink this right out of the carton like a milk shake.

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TEST PRODUCTS

SUGAR IN THE RAW

SUGAR IN THE RAW FRONT LABEL

This has to be the biggest vegan label I’ve ever seen on any product.

Steve buys it to put in his morning coffee. He just likes the packets, rather than fussing with the sugar bowl and spoon, and it’s premeasured.

SUGAR IN THE RAW BACK LABEL

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FAMILY GOURMET BAKING SODA

FAMILY GOURMET BAKING SODA

Although I usually buy Arm & Hammer brand baking soda, they’re not the only brand on grocery shelves. Why not spread the wealth around, especially if it’s cheaper?

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TEST PRODUCTS

SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER

SKIPPY CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER

When I was a kid, my mother always bought Skippy brand. Skippy was the ‘IT’ peanut butter back then.

She also read Prevention Magazine and consumerism reports, which made her switch to Jif – for whatever reason.

I hadn’t had Skippy peanut butter in decades till a few days ago, and it tasted more like real roasted peanuts than any peanut butter I’ve ever had.

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TEST PRODUCTS

CREAM CORN STARCH

CREAM CORN STARCH

Corn starch is corn starch to me. I just like to try different brands. This is as good as any other. Of course, I’m a sucker for the words ‘cream or creamy’ in anything!

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GOYA TEST PRODUCTS

GOYA GREEN PIGEON PEAS

GOYA GREEN PIGEON PEAS

If you want to add a meaty texture to your soups, chili or rice dishes, this is the pea (more like a bean) for you. It even has a hint of a meaty flavor.

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ALMOND DREAM NON-DAIRY YOGURT – LOW FAT

ALMOND DREAM STRAWBERRY YOGURT

If I were cutting back on my fat consumption, yogurt wouldn’t even come to mind. Yet, I can never eat just one of these containers at a time, so maybe the low fat isn’t a bad idea.

Basically, I like all the animal-free yogurts I try. Each is a little different in flavor, texture and prominence of a cultured taste, but each enjoyable in its own right.

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Stonyfield O'Soy Yogurt TEST PRODUCTS

STONYFIELD O’SOY SOY YOGURT

STONYFIELD O'SOY YOGURT

A couple of years ago Steve brought this yogurt home. I read the label and it had milk on it. I was disappointed because a lot of vegan Facebook friends recommended it. I even took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook.

Well, Steve brought it home again a few days ago. I read the label and lo and behold, there was no comma between soy and milk in the ingredient section like there was the first time. What a difference a comma makes: soy milk or soy, milk!

Years back, in my early 20’s I ate Dannon yogurt, the type where the fruit was at the bottom. I prefer it that way. Stonyfield does it that way too, so that was an added treat.

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FAR EAST HOT-CHINESE MUSTARD TEST PRODUCTS

FAR EAST HOT-CHINESE MUSTARD

FAR EAST HOT-CHINESE STYLE MUSTARD

I fully expected this mustard to taste and texture like the hot mustard I get at a Chinese restaurant. Not so. It has vinegar in it, which tones down the heat a little, and is considerably thicker. I like it as a variant of the traditional Chinese mustard, and have used it as a condiment with basic veggie rice dishes and veggie potstickers.

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TEST PRODUCTS

BLUEBERRIES – BERRIES PARADISE BRAND, PRODUCT OF MEXICO

FRESH BLUEBERRIES - BERRIES PARADISE

It must be blueberry season, since they’re plentiful and relatively inexpensive in the grocery. But these, wow, were the sweetest blueberries right out of the box that I’ve ever tasted.

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GRANDMOTHER’S FIG PASTRY FILLING

GRANDMOTHER'S FIG PASTRY FILLING

Now this was a surprise to me. I bought it to make fig cookies, but instead ending up smearing it on toast, any time of day or night – with or without a nut butter. I look forward to trying it on black Russian bread – one of my favorites.

I’ll get to the cookies eventually.

GRANDMOTHER'S FIG PASTRY FILLING





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RAINBOW PEPPERCORNS BY MORTON & BASSET

RAINBOW PEPPERCORNS MORTON & BASSET

White, pink, green, black, brown, red, they’re all there to create a complex peppercorn flavor achievement.

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SO DELICIOUS DAIRY FREE TEST PRODUCTS

SO DELICIOUS CULTURED COCONUT MILK – PASSIONATE MANGO

SO DELICIOUS COCONUT MILK YOGURT MANGO

Yogurt and fruit mixed. Thin, but then sometimes I like my dessert puddings thin too, so I enjoyed. I still don’t know why all yogurt makers fill the cups about one half inch from the top. Every time I open one it looks like somebody has already taken a couple spoonfuls!

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DEI FRAELLI TOMATO PRODUCTS MAINS RICH'S NON DAIRY SAUCES TEST PRODUCT RECIPES

Baby Mushroom Linguini Bolognaise

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BABY MUSHROOM LINGUINI BOLOGNAISE

Baby Portobello mushrooms and baby shitake mushrooms in a tomato sauce made from Dei Fratelli Tomatoes, seasoned with fennel, basil and garlic. Served over linguini pasta with a side of  broiled French baguette with extra virgin olive oil and garlic!

Serves 6 with enough sauce leftover for another small meal

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BREAKFAST ENGLISH MUFFIN GOAT TEST PRODUCT RECIPES TOFUTTI Update

POTATO PIEROGI BENEDICT

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POTATO PIEROGI BENEDICT

The JJ Wilk Potato and Onion acts like the egg in this special version of ‘eggs’ Benedict. English muffin layered with roasted pepper, creamy fresh steamed spinach, potato pierogi and lemon tarragon Egg-Free Hollandaise Sauce! 

Serves 4

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APPETIZER FRITO LAY GOYA HOLIDAY OUR FAMILY TEST PRODUCT RECIPES UTZ SNACKS Wilson Produce

CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA

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CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA

Our Family Whole Cranberry Sauce, Goya Black Beans and Wilson Produce Sweet Mini Peppers combined with Tostitos Chunky Salsa, fresh cilantro and lemon. Served with UTZ White Corn Tortilla Chips. Wow! My new favorite salsa!

Makes 4 cups