Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Some Things I'm Obsessed With...

I'd like to time out and take this post to introduce you to a few things that I'm currently obsessed with...

I think I previously mentioned that I'm on a sweet potato kick (it started with Thanksgiving), so I'd like to introduce you to something I've been eating a lot of:

These chipotle-seasoned sweet potato fries are AWESOME. I bake them until crispy (only takes 20 minutes at 400F) and then enjoy them immensely. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The seasoning is nice and spicy that can be a tad bit bitter at times, but I don't mind. I love these fries served as a snack (only 170 calories) or alongside veganaise a nice big salad.

My two-year-old niece absolutely loved these. She kept stealing them off my plate. I would give her a small one, and she would just look at it then steal a big one from me! So, I'm happy to report that these fries are kid-friendly (of course, she does love spicy things).

Oh, yeah, they also have 60% of your daily Vitamin A in one serving. Go veggies!

Another couple of items I've been eating a lot of lately (maybe something to do with a little PMS...? Maybe?):

Chuao Chocolate Bar with Panko Breadcrumbs and a touch of sea salt, 62% (I believe) cacao

Hageland Chocolate. It's 71% dark chocolate that made from single-origin cacao beans from Costa Rica. 

Both of these chocolate bars are truly amazing.  I love the Chauo chocolate. The touch of sea salt was perfect for bringing out the flavor of the chocolate and the panko provided and nice crunch. However, I believe the 71% from Hageland was my favorite. It was just a solid dark chocolate bar made with only four ingredients: cacao, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla. It simply melted in your mouth with absolutely no bitterness. It's also fair-trade, which is what I try to look for with I buy products with rainforest-produced ingredients. 

I'm not gonna lie. I didn't share either of these two chocolate bars!

Alright, and here's one item I absolutely DISPISE:

I can see how if you liked tempeh, you might like this, but ohmygoodness, I was horrified. I made tempeh myself once before and I thought it was awful, but like my early tofu experiments that didn't turn out, I thought I just needed to try again. My HyVee got in some of this Fakin' Bacon awhile back so I thought I would give it a go. I was gonna munch on it with some butter beans and buttered toast for a super quick dinner.

I followed the package directions and cooked them up nice and crispy, but egads! This stuff is awful. I guess what I'm saying is that I think tempeh is awful. When I bit into it, it was like biting into little bits of uncooked rice, and it was pretty salty (like bacon?). I tried about half a strip, but then I threw it away. I don't know any other vegans around here... I thought by buying it already marinated I could get past the obvious mold in it (that's a real turnoff, lol), but it was a no-go.

I guess I'll just be sticking to my seitan and tofu. I love those! So, I'm curious...

What do you guys think about tempeh? Have you tried it? How did you eat it? Was it good?

I might give it another just one last time, as I think I need to experience it three times before I can form a true opinion. Lol.

Oh, and all photos were obtained from the respective manufacturer's websites.


Nicole/Muffin-Tuffin said...

I love tempeh but I only buy the one brand: Surata Soyfoods

I like their tempeh a lot and I usually just pan fry it with a little oil, soy sauce and liquid smoke to make "bacon" style tempeh. I hope you try it again!

Teigan said...

I've had tempeh a few times, and I always liked it. The texture was a little odd the first time, but it wasn't horrifying. The first time I ate it, a friend of mine made a kind of stroganoff with the tempeh and Annie's Naturals Green Goddess dressing. The other times I've had it on barbecue subs from Planet Sub. You might not have those where you are at though, since it's generally in the Missouri/Kansas area.

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

I had no idea Planet Sub had a tempeh sandwich. That makes me happy because that means they have more veg options! I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

lisavollrath said...

I picked up a package of that smokey tempeh stuff at Whole Foods yesterday, flipped it over and saw the nasty brown color, and thought, "oh, great---vegan frankenfood". I dropped that package like a rock! Kudos for being brave enough to actually taste it before deciding it's icky. Bleh.