Product Review: Trader Joe’s Canned Coconut Whipped Topping

Canned whipped cream may not seem like a big deal to many people but when you are vegan, plant-based or allergic to dairy, it’s actually a big deal because finding a can of dairy-free whipped cream to just easily spray on pie, dessert, or ice cream sundaes is hard to find.

Look no further! Trader Joe’s has a new canned coconut based whipped topping and it is AWESOME!

I will actually have to control myself with this whipped cream because it’s so sweet and delicious and best the cream holds it’s shape really well and doesn’t disintegrate into a watery puddle like some other dairy-free canned whipped creams. Here is a quick video of me spraying some of the topping onto a JoJo cookie.

I had to go to my local Trader Joe’s twice because the topping is so popular it kept selling out. See all gone.

LOVE to see this happen because it means that the product is popular. So run out and get yourself a can or three of this awesome Trader Joe’s whipped cream.

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. 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!

 

 

The Porkless Bites are best when you pan fry them in some oil so you get that nice crispy outside similar to the crispy outside you get when ordering real pork sweet and sour at a Chinese restaurant. I love that crispiness!

I use avocado oil for pan frying.

And speaking of Chinese restaurants, I added some carrots, onions, and red pepper to my Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites to make it restaurant style. 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.

The recipe for the whole meal pictured here is in our app.

Product Review: Philz Coffee Iced Mint Mojito

 

One of the most popular coffee chains in California is Philz Coffee which not only has some good and fun coffee drinks but also serves vegan goodies like donuts, and cookies.

My favorite drink at Philz, and one of the most popular drinks in general there, is the Iced Mint Mojito which is sweet, creamy, and minty. This Mojito is a MUST.

The fresh mint leaves on top really make this drink incredible. Normally, the Mint Mojito is made with a signature cow milk cream but you can get a mojito made with soy or almond milk to make it plant-based. In the picture here, my mojito has soy milk.

The Mint Mojito also comes hot but it’s not really that good and the mint leaves shrivel in the heat and gets kinda yucky truth be told. Nice and iced cold is the way to go!

Product Review: Hampton Creek Just Ranch Dressing

If you have gone plant-based and have been missing the buttermilk richness of Ranch dressing, I have some good news for you. Hampton Creek known for their outstanding animal-free mayo, has knocked it out of the ballpark with their new Ranch dressing.

I could not believe this dressing is vegan. Their Ranch is creamy just like regular Ranch dressing and has an incredible flavor. I poured some of the Just Ranch on my green salad here so you can see what it looks like.

It’s GOOD! Just Ranch has become one of my new favorites now.

Even more outstanding is that Just Ranch is GMO-Free. Hampton Creek is proving that you can make incredible tasting food without any animals nor genetically modified organisms. It is just food with ingredient names you will recognize.

 

There is a difference between the Just Ranch sold at Whole Foods and the one sold at Target and other retailers.

The Just Ranch version at Whole Foods does not have the preservatives Cultured Dextrose, Potassium Sorbate, and Calcium Disodium EDTA in it that extends shelf life because it’s considered an unacceptable ingredient for Whole Foods selling standards so look for Just Ranch in the produce area where the chilled dressings are located.

In Target and other retailers, the Just Ranch sold there has the preservatives so you can find it on the shelf in the salad dressing aisle.

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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