Product Review: Gardein Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites

One of the many reasons I love Gardein is that they make it possible to have plant-based Asian food right at home that’s easy to make and is delicious! Sweet and Sour pork used to be one of my favorite Chinese food dishes, and now I can enjoy that flavor once again.

I have to admit I was a little skeptical of these Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites at first because just from the picture on the bag they look puffy like the Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips which is not in my top faves.

As soon as I took a bite of the cooked Porkless Bites from my plate, all that skepticism disappeared. These Porkless Bites are a good way to transition from eating real pork. For a plant-based version of sweet and sour pork, these bites are pretty darn delish and they have 13g of protein per serving which is awesome!

To mimic the Chinese restaurant experience, I added some carrots, onions, and red pepper to my Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites. So good! The sauce comes in a separate packet so if you do not like the sauce that comes with the bites or you want to try another sauce like an orange sauce or Peking sauce, you can totally do that.

Product Review: Cherryvale Farms Blueberry Muffin Mix

 

Rejoice! A boxed blueberry muffin mix that is 100% plant-based and makes incredible moist and sweet muffins. No dry, bland flavor here at all.

I’m no baker and do not have the patience to make muffins from scratch so boxed stuff is fine with me as long as it meets my food requirements. This Cherryvale Farms Blueberry muffin mix is truly awesome. This mix is Non-GMO Project verified and 100% plant-based.

For my muffins here, I got some big juicy organic blueberries at Costco. What is unique about this muffin mix is that it just makes the batter for the muffins and comes with no fruit so there aren’t any dehydrated blueberry bits in it which is why the front of the box says, “Everything but the blueberries.”

So, that means you can make any fruit flavored muffins like strawberry, cherry, or peach. How fun!

 

 

The mix calls for butter. I used Earth Balance​ soy-free buttery spread in my muffins to make my muffins plant-based, and they were GOOD! I love using big blueberries versus the smaller ones because the bigger berries kinda explode during baking and make the muffin even moister.

My meat-loving parents enjoyed the muffins so much that there were only 2 left by the end of the day. They had no idea these muffins were vegan.

It’s just GOOD muffins. 🙂

Product Review: IKEA Vegetable Balls

Here in the U.S, one of the most popular dishes in the IKEA cafeteria is their meatballs with gravy and mashed potatoes. So, it was exciting when IKEA started selling frozen Vegetable Balls that are not only vegan, but also soy-free and gluten-free.

These vegballs are GOOD! They are pretty meaty and I was impressed how the ball stays together without using any eggs.  You will recognize all the ingredients used to make these vegballs. There is nothing artificial in them.

I made my own plant-based meal version of the cafe meatballs, gravy and mashed potatoes with some asparagus at home using the Vegetable Balls, and it was fantastic.

 

 

I made the gravy using a packet of Simply Organic Vegetarian Brown Gravy which is 100% plant-based, and added some chopped cremini mushrooms to my gravy. Pacific Foods also makes an Organic Vegan Mushroom Gravy.

The IKEA Vegetable Balls are also great with spaghetti and as an appetizer. The IKEA website also has some beautiful examples of dishes to make with the vegballs. I’ve never seen vegetable balls looks so gourmet.

 

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