This week on Talkin' Tofu, we got vegan sushi burritos and ramen from Poke Burri and eat Just Egg Sous Vide Bites. We also talked about my vegan manicure, the plan to use up three overripe bananas, and new Impossible vegan nuggets.
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We ate trumpet mushrooms!
A girlfriend and I headed out to the Super H, where I scored a bag of trumpet mushrooms.
If you're new to trumpet mushrooms, they're big, fat mushrooms with big, fat stems. When you cut them into coins, they look like scallops. And when prepared properly, they make a pretty amazing vegan scallop!
This time around, I cooked them in the air fryer, which tasted great but wasn't as scallopy as I wanted. I'll keep working on it.
In the meantime, if you want to make trumpet mushroom "scallops", Fork and Beans has a great recipe. She uses king oyster mushrooms, but I've made her recipe with trumpet mushrooms with stellar results.
I got a Dazzle Dry vegan manicure!
One thing that I've loved being able to do this summer is get manicures again! I am definitely capable of doing my own nails, but I'm not as good as the staff at Indigo Wellness over in Kirkwood.
I love going to Indigo, because they offer Dazzle Dry polish, which is a vegan quick dry. And it lasts! My last Dazzle Dry manicure lasted 10 days before it got too chipped to leave on.
For Dazzle Dry to work, you have to get the base and top coats, too. It's a bit of an investment up front, but it's worth it to me for a vegan polish that dries quickly and lasts.
Unlike gel, it comes off with regular polish remover, too, so it's easier on your nails.
We made muffins!
On Sunday, I came home from my manicure to discover that the bananas in our banana stand had peeled themselves. The tops were still hanging from the hook, but the bananas were at the bottom, with strips of peel hanging all over the place.
My solution to this banana emergency was to make a batch of my banana apple muffins. The recipe calls for three bananas, and that's exactly how many we had.
We also had exactly one apple in the produce drawer, which was perfect.
News: Impossible Vegan Chicken Nuggets
VegNews reports that Impossible is launching a vegan chicken nugget this fall.
These nuggets are going to start out in food service only, the same way they launched their burgers. They created them as part of their partnership with school cafeterias across the country. I hope my kid's school gets them!
I'm glad that so many kids will have access to vegan nugs, but I would like to re-up my call for a good, unbreaded, vegan chicken breast. This is where we need innovation, y'all!
We got takeout from Poke Burri!
Earlier in the week, we picked up takeout from one of our old faves: Poke Burri. This is the place where I had my first sushi burrito, and I discovered recently that they also have ramen on the menu!
I also learned, while placing our online order, that there are a lot of Poke Burri locations. They have restaurants in:
- several locations around the greater Atlanta area
As of this writing, they're also planning to open in Charleston and Denver.
Poke Burri is not all vegan, but they do have great vegan options! You can order a vegan sushi burrito off the menu or build your own, and the same goes for their ramen.
For vegan ramen, choose their kale noodles and the miso broth. They have a vegetarian broth, but I'm not totally sure it's vegan, so I avoided it. Also, that miso broth was bangin'!
The kale noodles are not just shredded kale. They're green ramen noodles that I assume get their color from kale. The flavor is neutral, and they were lovely in my soup!
Y'all, I honestly can't recommend Poke Burri enough. Their food is great, and the quality has been consistent across many visits.
We tried Just Egg Sous Vide Bites!
Dave found Just Egg Sous Vide Bites on a recent trip to Sevananda and had to grab a box for us to try.
One box contains four bites and lists a serving as two bites. These are a bit pricey, which is a bummer, because (spoiler) I loved them!
Coming out of the package, they look just like sous vide bites made from eggs, and they cook up in just a minute and change in the microwave. There are oven directions, if you need them.
The bites themselves are just lovely. They're rich and flavorful with just the right balance of egginess to mix-ins.
Dave got the Inspired by Mexico variety, which featured poblanos, chili powder, black beans, and corn pieces. It was seriously packed with flavor!
Just also makes two other flavors of Sous Vide Egg Bites, which we definitely want to try. The Inspired by America bites include dilly potatoes and red bell peppers. Inspired by Japan has sweet potato, mushroom, and furikake.
If it's in your budget to give these a go, we definitely recommend them! Dave and I both loved them, and the price was our only complaint. A box of four -- which is only two servings -- costs $8.99 as of this writing.
We served these up with hash browns and grits on the side, and what a treat that was for brunch!
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