Monthly Archives: August 2004

Vegan Wheat Thins

I don’t know if all Wheat Thins are vegan, but these Harvest Crisps, Five-Grain are and they’re good, too.
Wheat Thins are vegan
You’ve got to visit NabiscoWorld.com, it looks kinda like Disney.com, but it’s all about food instead of cartoons. (they do have food cartoons)
Healthy Snacking at Nabisco World
Now just because it’s Nabisco does’t mean they don’t care about a healthy diet. Look, they have this sensible snacking link right on the main page, and the sensible snacking page has links like – What’s your snacking IQ? – 100 ways to burn 100 calories.
They do care.

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Duncan Hines

It is hard to believe a box cake, especially Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge, is vegan…but it is.
Duncan Hines
I use Ener-G-Egg Replacer to substitute for the eggs.
One thing, don’t try to get fancy and make a layer cake. I’ve found while a 9×13 works, my vegan layer cakes never hold up. They fall a bit and get gummy. I’m going to overcome, and I will give you the secret recipe as soon as I find it, but make do with a 9×13 until then.

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Tastier Rice

Knorr Vegetarian Bouillon
Here’s a trick for tastier rice. Toss in a couple of Knorr Vegetarian Bouillon, 1 – 1 cup dry rice for tasty, 2 – 1 cup dry rice for tastier, when you place the rice and water in the pot. Yum. Everybody (vegan/non-vegan) likes it.

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Vegan Onion Rings

I never trust anything battered and fried in restaurants. When I do ask the wait-person if I can eat it, I usually regret it. So (when I am not dieting) I make them at home.
McCormick Vegan Onion Ring Batter Mix
There are many batter mixes and a lot of them are vegan. I didn’t think so for a long time, and one day I saw a packet by a big batch of fresh Vidalia’s and just on a whim I picked it up and read it…vegan.
This is McCormick Onion Ring Batter Mix and even McCormick’s is vegan and I bet they didn’t do it on purpose! So read the package you find in your grocery store by the onions and then fry up some onion rings, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, okra, zucchini, whatever.
Put a game on, get some beer, call your friends, wear a T-shirt, swear a lot and pretend you’re in a sports bar.

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Sugar Snap Peas

I have actually read the words – “There is no such thing as a fat vegan.” – Well, come to my house! I am blaming it on the summer, (pies, blueberry coffee cake, etc.) on this blog, (I have to eat to post!) on a lot of things, but the reason is I feel like I am denying myself (meat, dairy, eggs…) so I indulge myself.
3 Sugar Snap Peas
And it’s true, but I don’t want to be fat so before this gets totally out of hand I am taking steps and sugar snap peas are one of my weapons against total porkdom. I need to snack, I need a nice crunch and a sweet flavor and these peas do it. Eat them shell and all, crunch, crunch, but very tender.
There’s plenty around right about now and I am taking advantage of them.
Now, promise not to laugh when I make the Duncan Hines chocolate cake I have in the cupboard. (I have to eat to post!)

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Heat ‘n’ Serve Indian Dinners

Can you tell that I have been busy lately? The 2 last posts are package dinners. Well, summer’s almost over and chili is on the way.
Tamarind Tree Dhingri Mutter
If you like Indian food, these Tamarind Tree dinners might be good for a quick meal, especially if you have a microwave at work. They do not need to be frozen or refrigerated. They are “retort packaged” or vacuum packed so you can take them to work and leave them there for up to 24 months!
The only down side is you will have to bring a 1 1/2 quart microwave safe dish in which to make the rice, but the upside to that is the rice comes in these neat little pouches with holes in them. Get the water boiling, then submerge the rice pouch in the water and microwave it for 3-5 minutes. Take out the pouch and slit it open – no muss – nice rice.
Pita bread or tortillas are also suggested if you can’t do the rice.
I’ve only tried the Dhingri Mutter, extremely spicy, but good. I am going to try the rest of the vegan ones, 4 out of 8 are vegan – Alu Chole, Channa Dal Masala, Vegetable Jalfrazi.
I found them in my good health food store, and they are also for sale online at the Annie’s Homegrown website.

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Yves, The Good Bowl

I am a fan of Yves. Their insanely quick (2 min.) microwavable vegan foods save me on days I cannot cook for one reason or another. Mostly because I am tired and hungry.
Tai Lemongrass Veggie Chick'nSanta Fe Veggie BeefMac'n Soy Cheese
The Mac’n Soy Cheese has casein in it, but the rest are completely vegan. (for those who eat casein, the Mac’n Soy Cheese is really good) Both the Santa Fe Veggie Beef and the Thai Lemongrass Veggie Chick’n are quite spicy. Veggie Beef is my favorite.

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Vegan Taco Bell… Almost

This is about a previous entry – Taco Bell. I wrote that a rice and bean burrito at taco bell is vegan. (w/o cheese of course)
But then I received this comment in reply to that post:
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taco bell rice is made with chicken stock. sorry, hate to be the bearer of bad news.
Posted by: [Unsigned] at August 6, 2004 04:49 PM
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Yum! Brands logoI wondered what the truth actually was so I emailed Taco Bell and asked them. That was 2 weeks ago, I had almost given up on them, but I received a letter from Yum! Brands, Inc. today – they own Taco Bell.

Button on Peta's KentuckyFriedCruelty.com Site - Click for GameNow, I am a member of PETA, so I know that Yum! is not the best company because of their purchasing of chickens that are tortured and treated horribly. (reason I am vegan, animal cruelty) I am with Peta in their attack on KFC, but I have got to give credit where credit is due and I see from Yum! what I hope is a glimmer of hope.

There is no chicken stock in Taco Bell Seasoned Rice!
…but there is casein (sodium caseinate) in there, so Taco Bell’s Seasoned Rice is “almost vegan.” Legal for me, but if you don’t go for any dairy, don’t get the rice when you order a bean burrito with no cheese.
The rest of it is okay. The tortillas are clean, the beans are vegan, and of course so are the vegetables, and the hot sauce is too. As well as a number of different stuff on their menu. I got the entire low-down from them and I do appreciate it.
Here’s a PDF of their complete Ingredient Statement.
Taco Bell Ingredient Statement
Taco Bell
Ingredient Statement
(2.4 mb)

So I hope that Yum! will bow to the pressure that Peta is placing on them to clean up their KFC act and care more and more about the “ingredients” they sell in their restaurants.

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Vegan Carob Chips

I love these Sunspire (nice website) Vegan Carob Chips.
Sunspire Vegan Carob Chips
I use them for everything, cookies, chocolate hazelnut biscotti (Stay tuned for that one!) cake, anything that calls for chocolate chips and beyond. If I have some too long I usually end up eating them by the fistful.
They make better than chocolate chip cookies.

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Soy Feta Cheese

Look what I found!
Soy Moon Soy Feta
I must warn you, this cheese is not completely vegan, it contains casein. For me it’s a great find because I give in and eat casein. That’s what makes me “almost vegan” as I have said before.
Soy Moon Logo
Soy Moon makes 6 different Gourmet cheeses, the rest are Soy Gouda, Soy Provolone, Soy Mozzarella, Soy Mozzarella with Italian Herbs, and Queso Blanco Mexican Picante Style.
I happened upon the little tub (4oz.) of soy feta yesterday and it is gone today.
Very, very tasty.

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