This week on the show we make Instant Pot risotto, try the Philly pizza and Beyond Chicken Tenders from Plant Based Pizzeria, and eat Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.
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News: Impossible Foods releases vegan chicken nuggets
Y'all, vegan chicken is poppin'! The same week that we found Beyond Chicken Tenders (more on that later), Dave came across a report from VegNews that Impossible Foods is releasing its own vegan chicken nugget!
You'll be able to find Impossible Nuggets at grocery stores and restaurants across the U.S. by the end of this year. So keep your eyes peeled!
We made risotto!
The kid has been playing a game called Tomodachi Life, and in it, the characters eat a lot. One of the new-to-him foods that they love in this game is risotto, and I was thrilled when he said he wanted to create his own Instant Pot risotto recipe.
I'm working on a proper version of this recipe for the website that's going to be a little bit different from what we made last week. The bones are the same though.
His risotto included: onions, garlic, carrots, corn, peas, and white beans. We used bomba rice instead of arborio rice. These are both short grain white rices that cook up similarly, and you can really use either to make a risotto.
This dish was a total hit, and I can't wait to play with it more and nail down a recipe to share with you!
We ate pizza and Beyond Chicken Tenders!
One of our favorite takeout spots -- Plant Based Pizzeria -- was having a BOGO sale on their Philly pizza, so we went for it!
Two pizzas for our family of three was already a ton of food, so of course when we saw that they had Beyond Chicken Tenders, we added them to our order. In for a penny, right?
We ate pizza for days, y'all.
Dave and I both really enjoyed the Philly pizza! It featured Beyond sausage crumbles, bell peppers, mushrooms, and red onion. Just lovely. Of course, it doesn't measure up to their Georgia Peach Pizza, but what possibly could?
When it came to the Beyond tenders, we were a house divided. The kid and I loved them!
I thought that the texture was fantastic and that the breading was crisp and light. As you probably know by now, I do not like thick breading.
Dave was not a fan of these. He thought that they were bland and that they were too dense.
I do agree that these really shined with a good dipping sauce. We ordered a few sauces, but the standout for both of us was the ranch.
You can actually buy bottles of their Brenda Ann's Vegan Ranch, named for the owner's late mother. It is very delicious, and I'm going to lobby hard for a bottle next time we place an order.
We had Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups!
At the store last week, I spotted Unreal's peanut butter cups and nabbed a bag to try. Dave's quest for peanut butter cups has been long, so I was happy to bring a new-to-me option to the table.
It turns out that Unreal also makes a vegan milk chocolate peanut butter cup, which Dave loves. We tried these to see how they stacked up.
These cups included little pieces of crispy quinoa, which I loved. They gave it a really nice texture. The peanut butter was salty, but beyond the salt, I couldn't really taste the peanut butter at all in these.
Dave agreed that they were light on the peanut butter. He wished that the quinoa had been crunchier -- the crunch felt sort of halfway to him, and he wished for full crunch.
That all may make it sound like we didn't like these, but we really did! I don't think they'd hit the spot for a peanut butter cup craving, but the chocolate itself was great, and the peanut butter did give it a creamy texture that was delightful.
We will definitely be getting these again. In fact, we both snacked on them again later on the same day!
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