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Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Products... So Far

  • Nov 11, 2009
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Alrighty, so here's a list of my favorite vegan and vegetarian products that I've tried thus far. However, it should be noted that I live in a rural area and there's only one health food store in the immediate vicinity, so this list will likely comprise of only a few companies that are carried by the larger corporate stores.

If you're a veggie, please let me know if there are any great products that you recommend!
Smart Sausages: Italian Style

Terrific when fried and used in grilled cheese sandwiches or in stir fries.
Meatless Taco Stuffers


Quite likely the best vegan replacement for beef. Tastes excellent in tacos, in quesadillas, or as side dish with nachos. Also makes a mean taco salad!

Smart Bacon Package

Delicious when fried in olive oil and with a good sprinkle of paprika. Makes a great BLT or veggie pizza. :p
tofu scramble with tempeh bacon

Absolutely delicious. A big thanks to MelissaAq for her review and passing on this recipe. I used these two tempeh products for my bacon... Garden Veggie Tempeh and Three Grain Tempeh. Makes a great pizza topping and sandwich filler!
Meatless Smoked Chicken

Best when used in cooking rather than in a cold sandwich. Tastes wonderful in Mexican stir fries and with cheese and crackers.
Meatless Pepperoni

Terrific on a veggie pizza, in an Italian stirfry
Annie's Homegrown Organic Macaroni and Cheese

The best Mac & Cheese ever! Tastes best when prepared in a skillet rather than in a sauce pan.
Melissa's Soyrizo

Great in tacos and Mexican stir fries.
Nasoya Lite Firm Tofu

Nice firm tofu. Great for frying or for use in soups. I personally love it with Oriental rice and in stir fries.
Smart Dogs

Not quite as good as other LightLife products, but tasty nonetheless. Excellent when fried, but not quite so good when grilled (becomes rubbery, unless marinated).

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March 06, 2010
Awesome list. Your conversation with Trashcanman in the comments section was very enlightening. I used to eat a lot of fake "meat" products when I first became a vegan three years ago, but I slowly moved toward more vegetable- and grain-based foods, mainly because it is cheaper for me. Amy's has amazing vegan and vegetarian burritos, and a vegan vegetable pot pie that is out of this world. I don't know if you have access to Amy's products where you live though. Are you a vegetarian or vegan? If so, how long has it been?
March 06, 2010
I've been what I refer to as a "strict vegetarian" since Winter of 2006. I do eat dairy and eggs though, but I would like to go totally vegan. The problem is that I'm allergic to all nuts and legumes, so the major source of protein for most vegetarians is out of the question for me, which means that I kind of have to get my protein where I can.
As for Amy's, I've heard about her brand, but I don't think I've ever seen any of her products around here.
March 06, 2010
Hmm...the nut and legume allergy does make it tricky. There are some protein powders made from rice proteins and things like that, though I've never tried them. Grains are always a good option, though you'd probably have to eat a large amount of them to get the protein equivalents of nuts or meats.
November 26, 2009
broccoli and cauliflower are the main veggies I eat! nice list although I am a meat and potatoes guy! LOL
November 27, 2009
Personally, both broccoli and cauliflower aren't veggies I eat often (dislike the texture and aftertaste). However, I do love organic broccoli in homemade Buddha's Delight.
November 12, 2009
This is a great list. I'm usually a Morningstar Farm girl, cause that is what's always been available in my grocery. I actually haven't seen Smart Bacon before, but I'm always down to try different products. I noticed you don't have any fake lunchmeats on this list? Have you tried them? I have never been a fan, especially the texture. What makes the mac and cheese better in a skillet? I've never heard of such a thing.
November 12, 2009
Actually, the smoked chicken slices (#5 on my list) is a lunchmeat, but I don't usually use it in sandwiches. In fact, I've tried two or three different ones, but most have either an aftertaste or an unpleasant waxy texture. The smoked chicken though is quite good either in sandwiches, on pizzas, or with crackers and cheese (my personal favorite).

As for the mac and cheese, I usually cook it in a skillet because most boxed mac and cheese mixes come out kind of watery, so I boil the pasta and drain it, then mix the pasta and sauce together in a skillet and let it fry on low heat until the sauce thickens to perfection. MMMmmm, now I'm hungry thinking about it.
November 12, 2009
Wow, super smart! Have you ever tried Amy's Mircowave White Chedder mac? I hated the idea of microwave mac and cheese, but they somehow did a really good job making this one. I discovered it in college. Pretty amazing stuff, nothing like Eazy Mac
November 12, 2009
Amy's and not Annie's? Nope, never heard of it. Is it also a vegetarian product? So many makers of cheese never specify whether they use animal rennet or animal enzymes, and I only eat the ones that I know aren't made with any animal bi-products (other than milk obviously). For some reason there's a legal loophole and because of it, companies aren't legally required to label their dairy products as far as whether they contain animal ingredients.
November 12, 2009
Yes your right, I meant Annies. I was eating an Amy's burrito at the time, which is why I got the two confused.
November 12, 2009
AND I thought I would share this super helpful resource with you. http://cheese.joyousliving.com/CheeseListBrand.aspx
November 13, 2009
There is also an Amy's vegetarian mac and cheese too, so essentially you were right without realizing it. ; ) As for that link, thanks. For the most part when I buy real cheese, I go with Cabot because they're decent about their prices and they don't use animal rennet or enzymes. Not too mention they have a lot of great flavors that compliment just about any food you're preparing.
March 06, 2010
Amy's now has a vegan mac and cheese as well, but I can't find it anywhere...
March 06, 2010
Yeah, there's another brand that has a vegan mac and cheese mix, but they don't carry it locally. I think the closest store was in Vermont, which is ironic since that's where much of the country's best cheese comes from.
November 11, 2009
Love it! Also, I recommend the Veggie protein links for pastas as well! Also, don't know if you've tried it, but Yves also makes a ground "beef" product (I'm sure it's just the Taco stuffers, except unseasoned) that is also amazing for a bolognese-type pasta sauce! I might have to make a similar list :)
November 12, 2009
You mean the Italian Style ones? I've only tried them in a pasta stir fry, but I'm thinking about putting them in spaghetti as well. Do you recommend pre-cooking them before putting it in the sauce? As for the scrambled "beef" stuff, I haven't tried it yet because I rarely ate beef even when I was a meat-eater, but I've considered trying it in an experimental vegetarian shepherd's pie.
November 12, 2009
Yes, the Italian-style! They're great in marinara sauce. I cook both the links and the ground beef just a bit in some oil before I add them in the sauce thats being heated. I find it makes the texture a lot more realistic.
November 12, 2009
By the way, I tried the tempeh last night and made a vegan cheeseburger, which was awesome. I'll be trying the tempeh bacon recipe later this week once I've bought a bottle of liquid smoke. Speaking of which, how much does that usually cost per bottle?
November 12, 2009
YES! How did you prepare the tempeh? What kind of cheese? Glad you had a good first (?) tempeh experience!

I believe the bottle I got was about 3 to 5 oz and around $6. I got it at Whole Foods. Make sure the one you get doesn't have any weird ingredients in it like unsavory preservatives, etc.
November 12, 2009
I fried the tempeh in a bit of olive oil on the high heat setting and then used abit of soy cheese (can't recall the brand name at the moment) and then I wrapped it up in Lavash bread. Very tasty.

As for the liquid smoke, will do. I don't know how many stores around here would even carry it so may choices may be limited as to whether I can get organic or not. I'll keep my fingers crossed though.
November 11, 2009
Awesome awesome awesome!  I loved this stuff when I was veggie, and I still totally love that mac 'n cheese.  Have you ever had the meatless crumbles before?  They go great in lasagne.  I believe Boca makes them.

I'm not sure if you're on twitter or not, but if you are, you might appreciate @Aprilee76's list of veggie tweeps!
November 12, 2009
Nope, I can't say that I have. I haven't tried many Boca products due to the fact that I have quite a lot of allergies and they tend to use a number of ingredients that I'm allergic to, but I had some of their faux chicken nuggets once and they were quite yummy.
November 14, 2009
Oooh, well, I imagine they'd be like the taco stuffers. You could probably make "meat" sauce for spaghetti and lasagne out of that, too! :)
November 14, 2009
It also makes a great Mexican pizza!
November 14, 2009
Oh, that sounds so good! I may just have to try that. The tostada pizza from California Pizza Kitchen is one of my faves to order, so I might just make my own interpretation at home :)
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