Follow Your Heart Vegan Sriracha Vegenaise Gourmet, Vegan MoFo Day 23

On the eve of Thanksgiving here in the US, most of us are thinking of rich, comfort foods and cool creamy desserts.  But, after a day or two of that, I want something with some kick.  Having this in the fridge could come in mighty handy.  Of course, if you’re heat averse, you’ll need to forego this.  But if you’re not, you need to go for it.

Product:  Follow Your Heart Vegan Sriracha Vegenaise Gourmet
Grade: A-

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Pros:

  • Available in a handy squeeze bottle
  • Perfectly creamy
  • Heat in mayo form
  • Really good with vegan sushi and salad rolls.  I usually just squeeze a little on top, but it would be good thinned out as a dipping sauce too
  • One word: sriracha
  • Gluten free, soy free, non-gmo

 

Cons:

  • There’s not much bad to say, but if I were making it, I’d give it a little more mayo cool tang and a little less sriracha heat.

 

 

 

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Trader Joe’s Vegan Spread and Dressing, Vegan MoFo Day 22

From what I’ve heard just recently there’s been a Trader Joe’s vegan spread for years, but it was never labeled as such.  Now, there’s a new, improved and labeled vegan (mayo style) spread on Trader Joe’s shelves across the country.

Product: Trader Joe’s Vegan Spread & Dressing
Grade: A

 

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Pros:

  • The thickness.  It’s a little thicker than Vegenaise and a little thinner than Just Mayo…just the way I like it.
  • The texture.  It’s smooth and creamy.
  • The flavor.  It’s actually a little more like I remember Miracle Whip than how I remember mayo.  I could be off on that memory, but whichever it is, I like it.  It’s mildly sweet, mildly tangy.  I like the flavor a little less than Vegenaise but a little better than Just Mayo (I’d use any of the three).
  • The price.  The jar is a a few dollars cheaper than Vegenaise for the same size jar. TJ’s website advertises it as $2.29/jar.  I’m not sure that’s exactly what I paid for it, but it should be close.

 

Cons:

  • I’m used to Vegenaise for recipes, so I might have to tweak my seasonings a little to adjust for the new spread.
  • The flavor isn’t quite as nice as Vegenaise (but it makes up for it in thickness and price)

 

 

 

 

Day 15 – Barack’s Veganism

I realize that this is the second post in a row about vegan cheezes. I can’t help it. They’re so delicious and I want to give credit where credit is due.
I am grateful that Barack has decided to conduct random visits to vegan households to try vegan food. It’s only a matter of time until he’s vegan. Barack’s imaginary visit to my house would include a Miyoko’s Kitchen vegan cheeze spread.
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Miyoko’s Kitchen Artisan Vegan Cultured Nut Products include something for everyone. They have soft, cream based, spreadable cheezes (my personal favorites), and they also have harder, more traditional cheese-like products. I’m not very creative in the kitchen so I usually enjoy my Miyoko on crackers. although one time we did try a mac and cheeze recipe from their helpful blog.
The Classic Double Cream Chive is my number one favorite. I can (and have) eaten almost half the wheel on crackers in one sitting. Second place is a tie. That award goes to the Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic and the Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf. I like these on their own, too, but have found them even more enjoyable spread in a quesadilla or as a dollop on top of a tofu scramble.
I don’t want to downplay the other flavors. I just favor the creamy ones because I don’t like heavier, smokier flavored foods in general. Others that I know rave about them. To each his or her own!
The bottom line is that these cheezes rock. They’re a little pricey, and you do have to pay for refrigerated shipping, but it’s a treat that’s well worth it once in a while. They’re also organic, which in my opinion adds more value to them. Hopefully they will be available locally in stores very soon!
Happy Vegan MoFo’ing, Barack!