Ahoy maidens and mateys! Veganswashbuckler is back, or you may call me Squashbuckler for short, as me fellow Vegan reviewer Amanda will do. The crew quite likes it, and I admit it be less of a mouthful than how I was christened. Just don’t call me late for dinner, especially if Gardein Crabless Cakes be on the menu. Arr!
These fine morsels deserve the grade of A.
Now, before I became a Vegan pirate, when I was a wee little corpse munching scalawag, methinks I tended to avoid the crab cakes. I never cared for mayo, and even today I fear the Vegan version. Nevertheless, if ye like the stuff, by all means check this out, from another of our Vegan reviewers, Dawn. Nevertheless, blindfold any miserable corpse muncher and give them a taste test, and I dare them to tell me these cakes are crabless, ye scoundrels and crab steaming poltroons! And, since they already be blindfolded, make them walk the plank unless they reform their ways!
These tender chunks of delight are a treat lightly fried, and they come out crispy on the outside and juicy in the center. They have the essence of the briny deep, they do, and a fine texture that will leave ye in amazement. Add these yummy fries as a side, courtesy of another of our Vegan reviewers, Julie, and ye will have yerself a mighty fine repast with little effort. Tell the chef to have the night off, but to take it easy on the grog and bring yer ship back in one piece.
The only real criticism I have of these nuggets is that they’re a bit tinier than ye think, and they only come ten to a package. Ye may be left a little unsatisfied, but the flavor is a big winner.
As MoFo comes to a close, we’d like to bring you something really, really good. Fries, anyone? Fries that are healthy and contain veggies, but still are fries? Meet your new best friend – Veggie Fries.
There are 4 different flavors. The chickpea, red pepper & potato flavor is my favorite, but the other flavors (carrot & potato, broccoli & potato, and kale, tuscan bean & potato) are also yummy
Gluten and soy free
Easy to make – just pop them in the oven for 20 mins.
Low in fat and sodium
Each 3 oz serving includes 2 servings of veggies and 3 g of protein (one bag contains 14 oz of fries)
Their great nutrition profile makes them guilt -free!
These could be considered pricey at $4.99 per bag (Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Harris Teeter). Considering the quality and convenience that you’re getting, I don’t think this is unreasonable. I am sometimes able to find them on sale, which gives me a good reason to stock my freezer.
Ahoy, mateys. Veganswashbuckler, the piratical bane of the shores of all carcass devourers, is on extended leave from a plundering, and I’m at yer service with another Vegan chow review. Today, I get in touch with me inner bachelor, and review an item perfect for any gentleman with a heart o gold who’s too inept or lazy to cook a fine cruelty free meal for himself.
I gave me chef the day off on this one, as any rank amateur can handle prepping one of these fine repasts. He’d better bring me ship back the way I left it, or I just might leave him on a deserted island next time we’re in the neighborhood. But I digress. I prepared me pocket the way it was meant to be, in the microwave, and it cooked up nicely. A fine chef am I. Here is what you get when you do it right:
Looks mighty tempting, I’d say. But hands off! Tis for me. The cheese and briny haminess were a gourmet complement to one another, and it sure reminded me of those very hot pockets I ate in the distant past, the ones that were done in two minutes and would burn a hole in yer mouth if ye lacked the requisite patience. I’d say the overall product is very tasty, though they be a bit stingy on the filling, methinks. But if yer expecting authentic ham and cheese taste, Tofurky has delivered. The convenience is mighty enticing, and the cleanup is much easier than swabbing the deck.
On the negative side, I did not count the ingredients, but I’d estimate them at around 30, so it may not be the healthiest treat. And one pocket cost me $2.99, so I’d need to do a lot more raiding and plundering if I made a regular habit of these delectables. But hey, if yer at home hangin around in yer skivvies and you’ve knocked back a bit too much of the ole grog, these pockets just may hit the spot!
I love a good vegan meatball. It has been years since I’ve had one that I haven’t made myself. There are some varieties out there that are vegetarian, but not vegan and others that have gluten. I was delighted when I saw these Kale & Quinoa Tasty Bites at the store. I knew I had to make a vegan meatball sub right away.
Overall Grade: A+. They had a nice density, chew, and flavor. It makes me want to be lazy and never make my own again!
Delicious taste. They were so good, I feel like not making veggie balls when I can just pick up a package.
They are available at Walmart! While I don’t love that store, a lot of people shop there and that makes these easily accessible to consumers.
They are packed with veggies (Potatoes, chickpea flour, kale, carrots, quinoa, onions), so I felt like I was eating healthy.
They made a great substitution for my favorite dishes like spaghetti and “meat”balls and subs.
They are vegan AND gluten free
Those with allergies beware. They do not contain soy/dairy/eggs, but the website says “not suitable for consumption by persons with an allergy to soy, eggs or milk.” I am not sure why they have that statement. I have a dairy allergy and I was fine eating them.
The package could have contained more veggie balls. This was just enough for 2.5 people for dinner. I like leftovers though and this package didn’t allow for that.
Happy Cinco de Mayo from Veggie Product Reviews! It seemed only fitting that today we review a frozen taco. Yes, a frozen *taco*. I was going to get another box of Carla Lee’s Nut Balls, and right next door I saw Carla Lee’s Nut Tacos. I’m easily enticed by anything taco and anything mini, so I picked up a box. I really wanted to love them. Unfortunately, I just didn’t.
Product: Carla Lee’s Nut Tacos
Overall Grade: C+ These were just ok and probably got the + just because they were so darn cute. I was also a little annoyed by the fact that I had to use a spoon to push down the filling so there was room for toppings. This is frozen food, it shouldn’t be that much “work”. Yes, I know that’s lazy, but when I’m cooking prepared food from the freezer it’s because I’m feeling lazy.
Small and easy to eat
The shells crisped up nicely
The shells didn’t crack too badly
The tacos were more filling than they look. Those 4 tiny tacos with the toppings really were enough for dinner for me.
I recognize all the ingredients, so no scary stuff
The filling didn’t get a crisp on it like the nut balls, so even for me it was a little soft
They’re a little greasy
The shells got super hot (obviously) but by the time they weren’t burning my fingers, the filling wasn’t hot enough
The heat level was weird. It was too hot to be mild, too mild to be hot, too hot with the added hot sauce. And, I like the flavor of my hot sauce better than the heat here)
Overall, I think the problems I had with the nut tacos could be solved by just selling the taco nut meat as crumbles and letting you cook it on the stove top for your own shells. You’re already doing the toppings anyway. Or, if they’re really excited about the mini tacos, package the shells to go in the oven and the filling to go on the stove top and let you assemble.