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For me it would be hemp milk. Best milk alternative I've tried yet.
oh, and a quick mention of Scheese. Closest thing to hard cheese I've come across (perhaps a bit too accurate).
In the past I have used some of the LightLife Smart Menu Chick'n Strips, which I remember being pretty good, especially with a teriyaki sauce--but in all honesty, tofu tastes better, and is cheaper.
Finally, one of the best things I’ve ever eaten is the Tofutti Coffee Break (dairy free) ice cream sandwiches. They are amazing! Just be prepared to enact some serous self-control!
I just remembered a couple of things that I’d tried a few months ago. I ordered them both for Vegan Essentials (www.veganessentials.com): Ricemellow brand vegan marshmallow creme, which I used to make crispy treats. It was amazing--dangerously so! I also ordered the VeganSweets brand vegan marshmallows, which are mini sized marshmallows. These had a somewhat strange (not bad, just different) taste straight from the bag, but toasted over a campfire they were excellent! I hadn’t realized that I missed that aspect of camping, it was nice to have it back.
smofu (smoked tofu jerky) is really good for snacks and on the go.
field roast sausages (apple sage flavour). I'm not much on meat analogs but I love this companies products.
Also, I recently got hooked on her meatless "Shepherd's Pie". It's really filling, but still only 160 calories.
I just found her website, to make sure I got the product names right, and there's nutritional info for each product, which includes % organic. So, her "Shepherd's Pie" is 93% organic.
My only problem is that the shops -- even Whole Foods -- only carry a small percentage of what her company has to offer. It looks like there are some online purchasing options, though.
(P.S. My name is also Amy, but I'm not affiliated with Amy's Kitchen!)
And back to the original question of this post, today for lunch I had Cedarlane's Garden Vegetable Lasagna made with Organic Pasta and Spinach. The ingredients list notes that the cheese is rennetless. Boy, was it ever good!
Speaking of Whole Foods, through their Whole Kitchen brand they make fantastic vegetarian spring rolls. They're frozen and only take 15 minutes to bake; pair them with a little sweet chili sauce, and yum!
Another staple of my vegetarian diet is Dominex breaded frozen eggplant. Fry it in the frying pan and put a little tomato sauce and shredded cheese (moz and/or parm) on top... delicious! Super Walmart has it for about $3 for a large (1lb?) box. Also like to fry it, cut it up, and toss it with pasta & pesto & black olives. (even my non-vegetarian friends enjoy this).
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I also am addicted to Primal Strips teryaki seitan.
I believe the "full-meal" enchiladas -- accompanied by beans and rice -- are vegan, too, if I recall correctly.
I don't know what the deal is, but it is horrid. I think they might've mixed it with soy milk in my sample, so I might try it that way, but mixed with water (as the label instructs), it's gag-inducing. It's really expensive, too. :-(
I've used it once so far, for chili, and it was perfect for that.
I had friends over last night and we had the Tofurkey roast for the first time, and it was a hit. It called for a marinade of olive oil and soy sauce while cooking, with added sage being optional. I added poultry seasoning, since that is what I had (no plain sage), and I think that made the difference between the roast being good and it being too bland. I cooked it with baby carrots and a slivered onion, and it looked very nice in the serving dish. I am sure we will do it again sometime.
My big new thing now is Quorn chicken nuggets. It's a European meat replacement made out of mushrooms, it's definitely the best fake meat type thing I have had. Some brands can be a little dry, but Quorn is moist and tasty.
this was listed as an ingredient in a recipe from Vegan with a vengeance.
At first it seemed a little unusual, but now the tofu-ricotta 'cheese' that requires it is a favourite, and it's also good on microwave popcorn- yum!
I have found my holy grail of cheese. Not rubbery, no fake processed ingredients, not greasy, and Aged!
Made with only cashews, sea salt, and probiotics. Its vegan, raw, and amazing. They age is for 3 months so it has a sharpness to. So far I've had in only on crackers but I'm on the lookout for more ways to use it.
Editrixie: I love meatless meatballs. I have also discovered that marinated, dried tofu has the texture of meat. On occasions, my teeth would crave for something chewy, and firm like meat, and the said tofu works as great substitute. Can you believe? It doesn't smell or taste like meat, so don't worry.
It's not really for melting (although I have not tried) . It's like an artisan cheese and priced similarly. More of a crackers/bread with wine cheese. As an appetizer by itself.
ashly7, it's hard to describe the taste of soy cheese, just as it's hard to describe the taste of dairy cheese or any other food. I've not eaten very much of it. I'd say it tastes somewhat like dairy cheese, but is, well, different. But I don't think that's very helpful! :D Some brands (at least here in the States) contain casein, so if one is vegan or has a milk allergy or so on, it's important to read labels.
I expect flavor and quality (and ingredients) vary a lot by brand, though, so it might be wise to shop around and try several.
One warning about Follow Your Heart, though, to those who haven't tried it: It is offputtingly slimy straight out of the package. I only use it melted. Otherwise, ick.
Try the Scheese range, especially their soft 'creamy' cheese:
Also, there is the Cheezly range. I'm hooked on Cheezly 'Garlic & Herb' - chunks mixed into salads, yummy!
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