This week on the show, we eat vegan spaghetti and meatballs, have dinner at Ration + Dram, and try Simple Truth™ Vanilla Bean Almond Frozen Dessert.
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News: Slutty Vegan and Incogmeato Pop Up
As Dave was reading this week's news item, he realized that the Slutty Vegan-Incogmeato pop up was happening the very next day!.
Y'all, we went, and spoiler: DELICIOUS!
They had vegan buffalo wings, a chicken sandwich, and a chicken taco. We got all three to share and were blown away. I hope these make their way to the regular menu!
We ate vegan spaghetti and meatballs!
Vegan spaghetti and meatballs is not new to the Striepe house, but this week's bowls came out especially wonderfully, so we talked about it.
Here's how to make it:
- Boil 8 ounces of spaghetti of your choice.
- Cook frozen Gardein Meatless Meatballs in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 400° F.
- Chop up 2 cloves of garlic and a bell pepper, saute in plenty of olive oil for 4-5 minutes.
- Add 4 cups of baby kale or baby spinach to the pan, cook until wilted.
The whole meal takes around 20 minutes to make, and it was a total hit! Dave and I had ours with crushed red pepper on top. What a dream.
Vegan options at Ration + Dram
My mom was in town, and she stayed with the kid so Dave and I could have a night out. We went to our first dine-in restaurant in 14 months.
Ration + Dram is a dinner spot in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. It has a very cute patio, a well-stocked bar, and a stellar menu. Not everything is vegan, but between the two of us, Dave and I ordered almost every vegan option they had.
I ordered the Brussels sprouts salad, which you can make vegan by swapping out the browned butter for their vinaigrette dressing. It comes with diced apples, roasted butternut squash, pickled onion, and pepitas.
You can add crispy tofu to any of their salads, so I did that to bulk it out a bit.
I also ordered the crispy mushroom, which is a roasted maitake mushroom that comes in a cast iron skillet smothered in garlic and lemon. Y'all, do not miss it.
Dave isn't as greedy as I am, and he just had a salad.
He ordered the apple salad, which was field greens topped with apples, dried cranberries, candied pecans, and pepitas. He also got crispy tofu on top.
Since I don't drink alcohol anymore, I ordered a virgin version of their Balsamic Boom! cocktail. Normally, it comes with gin and sparkling rose, but they subbed seltzer for the booze. The flavor came from a strawberry szechuan balsamic shrub and fresh lemon.
Ration + Dram is great at feeding vegans! Just ask, and they can guide you through the menu. It was a lovely first meal out!
Simple Truth™ Vanilla Bean Almond Frozen Dessert
I grabbed a pint of Simple Truth™ Vanilla Bean Almond Frozen Dessert, because Dave wanted to make an ice cream float. Really, I thought nothing of it. I just grabbed the cheapest pint of vegan vanilla that I saw.
How could I have know that I'd be idly discovering Dave's new favorite vanilla ice cream?
Dave and I were both floored by this ice cream. It's nice and creamy but very scoopable with a lovely vanilla flavor. The vanilla is present without being too flowery or overpowering.
For Dave, this ice cream transported him back to eating Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream in front of Saturday morning TV. It's not often that ice cream causes you to time travel, but this pint was packed with nostalgic flavors.
If you've been missing that Breyer's Vanilla experience, this ice cream has pretty much nailed it.
While we were talking about this ice cream, it came up that they can't legally call it ice cream. Here's the article I referenced about what legally constitutes ice cream. It is wild.
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