MORAL OF THE STORY - Don't give up on Parmesan! Most grated Parmesans I looked at did not list rennet as an ingredient so it's my understanding that they are vegetarian. Expect that if you buy a piece of Parmigiano that you're expected to grate, it's definitely authentic and has rennet.
Very sad news for all the vegetarians out there who are enjoying these cheeses and that includes myself. I stumbled across this post today and was shocked to discover the facts about them. Let me explain!
There are 5 cheeses currently that utilize "rennet" to help with the curdling process. Rennet is an enzyme found in the stomach lining of a calf to help them digest milk products. Unfortunately, using rennet in the curdling process actually makes the cheese a non vegetarian cheese. These 5 cheeses are:
As a Vegetarian, it's important to educate yourself and there will always be something new to learn. I've been a Vegetarian now for almost 16 years and this was news to me so it's definitely a learning process. I will be reading my ingredients a little better when I purchase any cheese the next time I visit the market and y'all should definitely do the same. It's going to be hard to stop using parmesan but I refuse to eat anything that involves the stomach lining of a slaughtered calf.
Bad news for those of us who LOVED Gardein products, they've temporarily pulled most of their products out of Canadian markets.
Gardein, creator of products that include fishless filets, crabless cakes, and a variety of chik'n products, has decided to remove a plethora of products from Canadian markets because of an inability to meet demand. They're currently investing in a larger facility and will decide at a later date whether they will reintroduce their products back into Canadian markets.
This is seriously bad news for vegans and vegetarians like myself who relied on the fabulous variety that Gardein provided. I was purchasing at least 2 of their products on a weekly basis and regularly dealt with shortages but the products were so good that I was determined to hunt them down. Knowing now that they are not around, it's extremely disappointing.
Don't get me wrong, YVES makes a variety of delicious meatless products as well but Gardein's variety couldn't be beat. There was literally every kind of "meat" you could think of making it fun to prepare dinner. Something different to enjoy every night to center your meal around, it's very unfortunate that they'll not be available for what could be forever.
Anywho, thought y'all would like to know the details because if you're anything like me, you've been hunting to no avail.
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Enjoying a smoothie is a great opportunity to pump our bodies full of a variety of fruits and veggies and all of the vitamins and minerals that come along with them. I try to enjoy a smoothie at least once every other day but sometimes I'm out of the house from early morning until late at night and can't get to my blender.
That's where Bolthouse Farms Smoothies come in!
Bolthouse Farms offers a variety of delicious and nutritious smoothies that are a great substitute for homemade in a pinch. With flavours that include Blue Goodness, Berry & Green Veg, and Amazing Mango, there's a flavour combination for everyone.
What I especially love about this line of smoothies is that they are naturally sweetened. A few weeks ago I offered up some tips regarding shopping for fruity beverages. If you remember, I told you all to watch out for added sugars in beverages like this one. There's no need for additional sugar when you are adding an abundance of fruits, all of which are naturally sweet. I've scoured the ingredients and found no added sugars in this line of smoothies which is definitely a bonus of the line!
Remember, there's nothing like a scratch made smoothie but this line of smoothies is about as good as it gets when it comes to store bought. They're creamy and rich, abundant with fruits and veggies, and contain no added sugars. Look for them at your local grocer in the produce section.
Visit www.bolthouse.com/products/beverages/smoothies for the full line of smoothies!
It's important to eat a variety of colourful, healthy fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy immune system. These fruits and vegetables will help strengthen your immune system and hopefully keep you feeling healthy and cold / flu free as the temperatures fluctuate.
Green tea itself I find to be a tad unpleasant. I personally enjoy the green tea blends. Green tea with the addition of other flavours to enhance the drink. Ingredients like orange peel, cinnamon, and blueberry ginseng are blended with green tea leaves giving the tea a delicious and enhanced overall flavour.
Whatever flavour fits your fancy, try to avoid overdoing it with sweeteners or creamers. The flavoured blends are so subtle and wonderful that they're best when consumed as is. Also, adding sugar or creamers / milks will increase the calorie / sugar content as well. I'm telling you, the flavoured varieties really don't need a thing. If you find that you MUST sweeten the tea, opt for a drizzle of all natural honey or pure maple syrup for a cleaner, natural sweetness.
Get more green tea in to your diets and welcome all of the benefits to your health the tea offers!
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Introducing their Three Cheese and Spinach pockets. These pockets contain absolutely no artificial flavours or colours and are baked over being fried prior to being frozen for sale. They are filled with spinach, mozzarella, parmesan, and provolone cheeses along with a delicious and flavourful tomato sauce. The crust of the pocket always bakes up wonderfully and has a lovely, crispy texture.
Remember my tip; when frozen foods like this offer both microwave and oven directions, the oven is the only way to go! Don't be tempted by a quicker cook time in the microwave because the resulting crust is slightly wet and not crispy like it is out of the oven. ALWAYS go for the oven!
Look for these in the frozen pizza section of your local grocery store! Follow the link below for all the information about this product straight from the McCain website!
There is a stigma around canned / frozen veggies and fruit that they are inferior to their fresh counterparts but this is not necessarily the case.
With most fruit and veg, they begin to lose nutrients the second they are picked / removed from their roots and unless the produce is grown locally, it likely travels quite a distance to get to your supermarket. During its travels, it's losing valuable nutrients not to mention freshness and flavour. Why is this important?
Frozen fruit and veggies are a wonderful alternative to fresh, especially during the winter months when fresh produce is likely being imported. Frozen produce is picked and frozen at peak retaining its nutrients which is most important!
I've attached a link of 11 fruits and veggies that are potentially better to buy frozen than fresh. Knowledge is power especially when it comes to getting the very best out of your produce.
The moral of this post is simple, don't be afriad of frozen produce! If it's not in season, it's not usually the best of the best in terms of quality so it might be better to opt for a frozen variety!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Lover of a variety of things including cheese, fresh produce, and baby animals of all varieties.