This week on the show, we talk about crabless tacos and eat Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch dressing.
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Snacks and drinks!
Instead of a letter or review this week, we phoned a friend! My pal, Liz, was getting ready to run errands, including picking up some snacks and drinks for the weekend.
During our chat, Liz recommended Pop Corners, which are a cross between popcorn and crackers. Not all Pop Corners flavors are vegan, but the ones that are are delicious!
She also mentioned looking for a grapefruit soda, which reminded me that my sister was recently talking up Fever Tree Pink Grapefruit. Like Spindrift, it gets its flavor from juice.
Both of these are definitely on my shopping list now!
Vegan mushroom bacon
LiveKindly reports on a new vegan mushroom bacon that's getting some big venture capital backing.
The company, Atlast Food Co., is a spinoff from a company that makes mushroom packaging. Now, they're turning their mushroom expertise toward bacon, called MyBacon. Yes, please!
According to LiveKindly:
what sets Atlast products apart from other meat alternatives is that they taste and feel like bacon without a litany of ingredients. In fact, MyBacon has just six: mycelium, coconut oil, cane sugar, sea salt, smoked flavors, and beet juice for color.
Mushroom bacon isn't really super new, but I am excited to try their version. If you don't want to wait, try my smoky mushroom bacon recipe it's so easy! I also make mushroom sausage that is pretty addictive.
We ate crabless tacos!
This week's new dish was crabless tacos. I made these exactly the same way we make our fishless tacos, but with Gardein Crabless Cakes instead of their Fishless Filets.
The tacos were simple and delicious! Dave wasn't super into the Crabless Cakes, but if you like them, you'll love these tacos!
Here's what was in them:
- flour tortillas
- 1-2 Gardein Crabless Cakes - If you use one per taco, slice it in half. Air fry at 400° F for 10-12 minutes.
- a dollop of my jalapeño slaw, made while the Crabless Cakes cook
- sliced avocado
Such an easy weeknight meal!
Dave made amazing oatmeal cookies.
The other thing we ate this week were some super delicious oatmeal cookies that Dave made. He wanted something a bit different from your classic oatmeal raisin, so he took to the internet!
The cookies he landed on were oatmeal coconut cookies from Loving It Vegan. They're dense and chewy, and we could not stop eating them!
Dave said that he accidentally scooped up about twice as much dough per cookie as the recipe called for. They still turned out very well.
He also used coconut flakes instead of shredded, because that's what we had. The big coconut pieces were a real delight in these!
Next time, he will pay more attention to his scooping, so he can experience them the way that Allison intended.
Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch Review
Y'all, my Twitter feed has been lit up recently with pictures of Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch. It has been in some markets for at least a couple of months, but it became available nationwide on April 1st.
I finally got my hands on it, and y'all, I was disappointed. But Dave loved it! We talked about what the disconnect could be about here.
For me, ranch is all about those herbs, especially dill. I want my ranch to be creamy, sure, but I want it to pack a flavor punch. My vegan ranch base is always garlic, onion, and dill.
This ranch tasted more like a plain buttermilk dressing to me. It contained no dill and a bit of parsley, which I couldn't really taste. It also had a sort of plasticky flavor for me, which didn't come through for Dave.
For Dave, Hidden Valley Ranch specifically is the gold standard. It's the ranch dressing of his childhood, and they nailed this vegan version. It tastes just like the original.
Where I experienced blandness, Dave experienced nostalgia. This is the ranch he's been looking for! If you grew up on Hidden Valley Ranch, you will likely love their vegan version.
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