Thanksgiving 2013 »
Chickpea cutlet with mushroom gravy, sweet potato casserole, lemony garlic greens, roasted pecan and pear stuffing and roasted cumin-lime carrots.
Topped with Soyatoo brand rice whip (way better than their soy whip, just FYI)
Made with almond milk and gluten free crust so as to be soy-free and gluten-free!
The results of my lazy Thanksgiving menu:
Quinoa with Leek and Mushrooms
Green Beans with Almonds
Acorn Squash with Maple Candied Pecans
(and jellied cranberry sauce from a can as requested by my 7-year-old)
Not pictured: Vanilla Pumpkin Custard Pie from The Vegan Kitchen
All vegan, soy free, and gluten free!
(I might get a pie picture later. Everyone is too full for pie right now!)
Delaware Vegan Thanksgiving: »
Thanksgiving breakfast: butternut squash French toast with cinnamon earth balance and maple syrup.
(Don’t forget to send in your vegan Thanksgiving plates!!)
Gardein holiday roast, mashed potatoes w/gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, squash w/brown sugar, butter, cinnamon stick, and sweet potato w/apple slices.
EVERYTHING LOOKS SO GOOD!! Don’t forget to send in your Thanksgiving plates so we can post them and everyone can be jealous of you!!
Mary Mother. This looks AMAZING. (Don’t forget to send in your Thanksgiving plates !!)
Product Review: Maple Bacon and Sweet & Salty Kettle Chips! »
Say what you will about the “hipster” movement over the last few years, but there is a silver lining in the black-Levi’s-with-keys-on-a-carabiner-dangling-from-a-belt-loop cloud. So-called “foodies” have been putting bacon on everything, which is pretty disgusting and unfortunate, but it’s provoked vegan and vegan-friendly food chemists to create some more mock-bacon food stuffs. The bacon craze has always been weird to me; even in my non-vegan days, I never understood the infatuation. I’ve even seen Torani, the company that makes sugary syrups for your coffee beverages, add a “bacon” flavor to their lineup. Seriously dudes? Bacon-flavored coffee? But I digress.
Kettle Brand certainly isn’t the first potato chip company to take a crack at bacon flavor, but as a company who is proud to stamp their bags with “GMO-free” labeling and as a company that knows what “vegan” means, I was pretty excited to try their new summer flavors, Maple Bacon and Sweet & Salty.
If you’re one of the many vegans who couldn’t care less about finding a bacon replacement, then these Maple Bacon chips are actually going to be right up your alley. They were incredibly delicious—they just weren’t bacony. At all. They tasted more in line with K.C. Masterpiece BBQ-flavored Lays, but with Kettle Brands’ better chip as the base. Plus, I can guarantee, with no prior research, the fine folks at Lays probably go to the same country clubs as the fine folks at Monsanto. Again, I digress.
After eating the Maple Bacon chips, I became curious as to what the Sweet & Salty were going to taste like, because that name easily could have gone to the bacon chip, and no one would be the wiser. The Sweet & Salty, however, are WAY sweet. Like, almost as sweet as I am (awww, also I’m single, just kidding (no I’m not)). My vegans-of-Instagram pal Chris, aka @dinotheman, said it best: “Imagine chips with a hint of pineapple flavor and [there] you have it.”
These chips should be already on your grocer’s shelves, just in time for summer cookouts, or in my case, dinner. I’ve eaten entire bags of chips in one sitting before and I’m not ashamed to admit it. They’re both a must-try and please let us know what you think! Kettle Brand deserves a Lays-sized display in the chip aisle. Say no to Monsanto. Monsan-no.
Andrew E. Irons is a blogger from Long Beach, California. He co-created and contributes to a Rhode Island-based hip-hop website, The Echo Chamber Blog, under the pseudonym Verbal Spacey. You can track his daily diatribes by following him on Twitter.