Category: Product Review

Life is all Rainbows and Sprinkles! Literally. :)

There have been lots of happenings In The CatHouse lately. Like most people who are alive things never cease happening, so that’s totally obvious. In other news someone let me have coffee today…

I stopped by my local Harris Teeter today and spied a new brand of sprinkles/jimmies: Breyers (of the evil dairy ice cream makers) makes Rainbow and Chocolate Sprinkles that are VEGAN!

Exhibit A:

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As most vegans know, confectioner’s glaze is a pain in our butts, or souls and stomachs. But this brand of sprinkles uses carnauba wax as a coating! An animal friendly alternative I’m hoping more candy companies start utilizing soon! Also note they proudly announce they used no high fructose corn syrup as well.

I am working on compiling our kitchen reno picks, we still have a few last minute things to finish…and just tackled our butler’s pantry last weekend. In the mean time, you will find me with a bowl of Trader Joes Vanilla Soy Creamy Ice Cream covered in Rainbow Sprinkles!!! ūüôā

Also for another dose of awesome sweetness there is Exhibit B:

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Coconut Curry Tempeh

Coconut Curry Tempeh

I have recently been obsessed with Popcorn Fanatic‘s Coconut Curry Popcorn. First let me say this…I hate popcorn, seriously I get nauseated at movie theaters because of the smell of freshly popped popcorn. I also detest the smell of microwave popcorn at home. My three younger sisters and Mendal all love popcorn. I first went to Popcorn Fanatic dragging my heals complaining about the smell. This place is a locally owned shop that specializes in a bazillion flavors of popcorn, they also have fudge, truffles and specialty cakes, but popcorn is their main focus. I remember as a child loving that nasty orange hot cheese popcorn you could only find in gas stations. So, I tried Popcorn Fanatics hot cheese. . .wasn’t as good as I remembered, theirs was much too cheesy, then I tried their buffalo wing and that was it! That hot cheese popcorn I loved as a kid must not have contained much cheese!

Needless to say, I was hooked. Then one day when buying Mendal her Chicago Mix (cheese and caramel popcorn) and my buffalo wing, I saw a new flavor that sounded interesting. Coconut Curry. I tried it and then purchased a bag, it almost didn’t make it home! So, short story longer, I have been hooked on coconut curry and have pinned a recipe for¬†vegan coconut curry¬†from The Kind Life (if you haven’t read it yet Alicia Silverstone’s¬†The Kind Diet¬†is awesome).

Now to the point of this post: While grocery shopping at my local Harris Teeter I stumbled upon¬†Turtle Island Foods¬†Tempeh¬†Coconut Curry flavored. If you have not yet tried this Tempeh, or any of the other flavors, you need to! I baked some at work, since I don’t have access to a stove, and chopped up 3 pieces and threw it on top some brown rice, drizzled with Kimmon Organic Soy Sauce. Then I grabbed two of my cut up carrots I brought as a raw snack sliced them up added some water and microwaved them for 2 minutes, I drained them and threw them in with the rice and tempeh. It was so good and easy for a quick lunch at work. Would be easier to have all the parts prepared at home, but some of the best tasting lunches come together on the fly! I so want to make my own homemade coconut curry tempeh. . .possible future post? Maybe. . .no promises!

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Sweet Potato Burger and Whole Wheat Buns = Amazing!

Let me first say that I love bread. I especially love buns, they have a much larger crust to inside ratio then a slice of bread does, and I love that crusty slick browned part so very much. So, yes buns! Now, since going plant based, and focusing on whole foods I haven’t had white bread buns.

In my search for a good vegan recipe for making whole wheat buns I found Holy Cow! A Vegan Recipe Blog where¬†Vaishali gives us an easy to make¬†delicious Vegan Burger Bun recipe. Go here and make it! Note her recipe is not 100% whole wheat, there is 50% all purpose flour, I’m guessing this is to help give it a fluffy texture and it does! My ultimate goal is to only have whole grain flours, but since I can’t justify throwing away the other flours I already have, I plan to use them with whole grain flours until they are used up!

These are the buns Vaishali’s recipe gave me:

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

Totally awesome! I did have to shorten the rising time for these buns. My kitchen hovered between 79 and 82 degrees F while I was making these beauties. So, while I followed the recipe exactly every other way, my rising times where cut in half. If you are in a hurry this is great, but from what I remember from basic bread making the rising time allows for flavors to build, the slower the rise the deeper the flavors, please correct me if I’m wrong! Even with the sped up rising times these buns were perfect! I will totally be making them again soon!

Now for the Sweet Potato Burgers. I read over a few recipes including this one from Hayley’s Thoughts¬†then went my own way!

Sweet Potato & Rosemary Burgers

2 small to medium sweet potatoes (mine where each about 6 inches long and 3 inches thick)

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoons dried rosemary, I ground mine using a mortar and pestle

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage

and a dash of garlic powder

Panko crumbs

I “baked” the sweet potatoes in the microwave then peeled and mashed them using a potato masher (novel idea, I know!). Then worked the rinsed white beans into the mixture, then simply tossed in the spices I wanted to use. You can choose any mixture of spices and herbs, the sky is the limit here!

I then used an ice cream scoop and portioned out 6 burgers, flattened them out in a bowl with a layer of Panko crumbs, flipping the burger over to coat both sides. Then I fried them in olive oil until both sides were crispy.

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We ate these Sweet Potato Rosemary Burgers on the Whole Wheat Buns above with some Whipped Nayonaise, romaine lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Very tasty! However, I now know, I am not a fan of Whipped Nayonaise. Which is not a¬†surprise, since I also never liked Miracle Whip. Luckily Mendal and Miranda both liked it a lot so the jar won’t go to waste. Don’t worry my sandwiches won’t be dry, I do love mashed up¬†avocado¬†and hummus (flavored and plain) and stone ground mustard. I would also like to try Miso Mayo soon, since it is not a fake mayo (despite the name).

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Take a gander at this awesomeness! Seriously? How can a veggie burger be this pretty?


Sweet Potato Burger

WOW, I just realized that my first real post in a week ended up being a recipe review (the BUNS), an original recipe (the Burgers) and a product review (the Nayonaise)! Awesome!