Candle Cafe is releasing a line of frozen entrees?! And they’re gonna be in Whole Foods in June?? SAAAAY WHAAAAAT! Oh man, now I’m realllllly hoping there isn’t an apocalypse in three days! VEGAN LEAN CUISINE FOR EVERYONE!
Product Review: Rising Moon Organics Vegan Gnocchi! »
These gooey, delicious pillows of pasta from Rising Moon Organics are totally vegan! HUZZAH! I’m obsessed with this stuff. It cooks in an easy five minutes and makes a filling meal. And check it out, zero grams of fat and three grams of fiber per serving—shweet!
I’ve tried Rising Moon raviolis in the past and I didn’t like them that much. I think it had more to do with freezer burn than anything else, but they just didn’t come out that great.
The gnocchi, though, it cooks perfectly. If you don’t like doughy food, you won’t like this, but if you are a gnocchi-loving vegan like me, this will hit the spot (don’t be a perv!). Plus, you get to make gnocchi jokes. Or you can sing that song, “another season, another reason, for making gnocchi.” A classic.
BONUS! Some fun facts from their FAQ section:
"Gnocchi is the Italian word for dumplings; in Italian, gnocchi is the plural of gnocco, which literally means ‘lump.’ They can be made of potato, semolina (durum wheat), flour, or [icky] ricotta cheese."
You can buy Rising Moon at a fine grocery store near you or you can order them delivered right to your door!
Product review: the Amy’s black bean burrito! »
You might be thinking, “What a boring product to review. I am so tired of looking at Amy’s frozen foods in my local boutique grocery freezer case. I don’t even eat frozen foods; I only eat meals prepared from farmer’s market ingredients and Veganomicon recipes.” Nice life, snob. Also, marry me.
What I’m saying is that for regular people with busy lives, desk jobs and no money, frozen food happens and Amy’s is generally one of your better options. Specifically, the Black Bean Vegetable Burrito is where it’s at. I ate these twice a day in college, and have recently rediscovered them as the perfect food, after a long (sad) accidental hiatus.
This delicious creation is made with a whole wheat tortilla, a bunch of organic vegetables like tomatoes and peppers, it’s totally vegan, and it tastes like one of those junk food refried bean Taco Bell burritos from the ’80s that tasted SO GOOD when you were a kid and never allowed to eat them. Actually, I wasn’t allowed to eat them so I could be remembering that incorrectly, but you know what I mean? The delicious taste of junk food chemically engineered to addict your brain?
(OOH speaking of that, Eric Schlosser was at Herbst Theater last night and I would totally have gone if I could! He’s not talking about fast food though, he’s talking about our fucked prison system. Still very interesting.)
Anyway, to recap, Amy’s black bean burrito is full of good stuff but it tastes conventionally delicious. Also it’s about $3 and rocking 9 grams of protein and no cholesterol, so I recommend you keep several in your office freezer. Find it in the freezer case at your local spot (if you live in San Francisco or a comparable city where your vernacular grocery markets are full of things like organic produce and the Hain-Celestial family of products.)