This week on the show we eat an air fryer stir fry, go out for vegan pizza and ice cream, and try the spicy chipotle cashew mac from Mac & Chef.
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News: Nathan's Famous releases vegan hot dogs
In spring of 2021, Nathan's Famous debuted vegan hot dogs. As of this writing, you can find their vegan dogs in stores in New York, Connecticut, Florida, and New Jersey.
If you don't live in those states, you can find the dogs in their online store. Their online "plant based hot dog kits" come with buns included, and the buns are not vegan.
We ate an air fryer stir fry!
This air fryer stir fry is a recipe I'm testing for my site, and it's coming out in July 2021. The recipe uses a blender stir fry sauce and stars tofu, baby bok choy, onions, and bell peppers.
Y'all, I'm obsessed with this recipe. It is super easy, and you barely have to be there while it cooks. The stir fry is super flavorful, and it's definitely going to be a staple around here.
Dave and the kid loved it, too! When I served the kiddo his plate, I told him that he could just eat what he wanted and save the rest for lunch tomorrow. He cleaned his plate, y'all.
Vegan pizza from Junior's
On Saturday, we hit our friends' craft market, The Indie Craft Experience. Afterwards, we were hot and hungry, so we drove over to the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta for vegan pizza and ice cream!
Our first stop was Junior's for pizza. They sell vegan pizza by the slice and have lots of great veggies and vegan meats for toppings.
Dave got a slice with spinach, jalapeños, and Beyond Sausage crumbles. My slice had broccoli, pineapple, and their new vegan meatballs! They also offer vegan pepperoni, which you know we will be back to try.
The vegan meatballs are new, and I got the scoop on them! They make them in-house using Impossible meat, then they slice them up to top the vegan pies. I loved this topping and will definitely order it again!
We ate on their patio, which had plenty of shade. It was absolutely lovely.
Vegan soft serve from Big Softie
After our pizza, we walked across the street to Big Softie, which has oat-based vegan soft serve available in two flavors: vanilla or matcha.
They also have a ton of house-made vegan toppings clearly labeled on their menu.
We've had the vanilla before, and it is stellar. Sweet, creamy, and ready to pile on the toppings.
Dave had the vanilla soft serve with his go-to: cornflake streusel. It's a sweet, crunchy topping, and he's obsessed.
The kid also opted for vanilla soft serve, and he got three syrups on top: chocolate hard shell, strawberry hard shell, and caramel. They're all vegan and made from scratch!
I couldn't resist the matcha soft serve. This is a new flavor, and it's a delight! It has the light, bittersweet flavor you'd expect from matcha, and I'm pretty sure that the chocolate hard shell and pink praline I got on top were the perfect topping choices. It was a really balanced cup of ice cream!
Spicy Chipotle mac from Mac & Chef
As you probably know by now, our Friday night dinner around here is mac and cheese with tofu and broccoli on the side. This week, though, I skipped making the mac from scratch and used the boxed Spicy Chipotle Mac & Chef that I scored at Whole Foods.
Friend of the show, Marilyn, told us about this brand, and, honestly, the box art really sold us on this mac and cheese. It looks like a book cover!
This is a Velveeta-style cooking situation. It comes with the dry macaroni, and the cheese sauce is in a pouch, ready to add.
They do recommend reserving a bit of the pasta cooking water, in case you want to make the sauce creamier. I went with that option, because I always want my sauce creamier!
Y'all, we weren't big fans of this mac and cheese. The texture of the sauce was great, but the flavor was a miss for all three of us.
It had all of the elements of a good vegan cheese sauce, but I felt like the balance was a bit off. It was too tart for my taste, and it needed more of that cheesy, umami flavor. I also missed the spice and smokiness I was expecting from a chipotle cheese sauce.
Mac & Chef makes a Classic Cashew flavor, and Dave says he's open to trying it. We'll report back on how we like that as soon as we find some!
Tofu crumbles by V. Nutrition
For the tofu portion of the meal, I made Mary Ellen's tofu crumbles, a new fave around here.
I've been eating a lot of Mary Ellen's recipes lately. I've launched a recipe video side business, and she is one of my clients. It has been so fun to cook through her site as I shoot videos for her!
This time around, I went with the oven directions on these, because I wanted to roast the broccoli alongside it. The air fryer directions also work great, though! That's the method I usually use for these.
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