But about the bacon. I don't know if you guys have ever tried Yves brand of deli meat but if you have, you'd recognize the appearance of this bacon. It looked a lot like vegan lunch meat cut into strips versus bacon and I guessed how it would taste before I enjoyed it. I must admit, it didn't really taste like bacon or fry up like I remember bacon frying up like, so there was that.
With that being said however, it was tasty enough. It worked on my BELT sandwich adding the perfect amount of salty goodness to the sammie. It also added a meatiness that I was looking for and felt was much needed. You can almost trick yourself if you use it properly because it offers a lot fo what bacon offered without really nailing the flavour.
Ultimately, I enjoyed it although the flavour didn't remind me of bacon. I loved that they were a wholly plant based group and I loved that this line is not overly expensive. After checking out their website, I am definitely excited to try the rest of their products. I'm especially excited to try the bowls because there were some seriously good looking dishes.
Check out their website for their history, where to buy, and a complete list of the products they offer!
Aside from being a little high in saturated fats per serving, they provide a reasonable amount of dietary fiber and no cholesterol.
To eat them on their own isn't very exciting, but I suggest heading to their website for inspiration because they post recipes with their products that look quite tasty. As I said, on their own they're pretty good but with a little inspiration, I can see them being extra delicious!
They cook as easily as any other burger and get a nice crust on the outside from frying while retaining their unique green colour. They definitely had me feeling hungry because I could really pick up on the garlic while they sizzled away. But how do they taste you ask?
Delicious! I tried one with cheese and one without so I could get a better taste of the patty. I found them to be so delicious and flavourful. There was such a reassuring feeling of knowing exactly what I was eating and having it taste great to boot! In my opinion, they're worth every penny I spent on them.
They're soy free, vegetarian (they contain egg whites), dairy-free, and non-gmo. They're full of veggies and ingredients that are familiar which is absolutely wonderful for our nutrition. What else can I say? Get out there and grab a pack in the fresh section of your grocer.
While you're at it, check out their website www.whollyveggie.com/ and learn about their products and their story!
Hemp hearts are truly a superfood! Loaded with protein, omegas, and several vitamins and minerals, they play a crucial role in keeping our bodies in tip top shape. It's super easy to get hemp hearts into your diet when you consider their many uses and the variety of hemp products available. Before I get into that, let's chat about Manitoba Harvest, the world's largest manufacturer, grower, and distributor of hemp products!
Founder Mike Fata's transformation is what inspired the creation of Manitoba Harvest Hemp products. Being overweight and constantly fatigued, he decided to do a complete 360 with his diet. Starting with what he ate, products like hemp hearts were perfect for his new routine because they are nutritionally dense and full of everything needed to keep our bodies fuelled. After getting in shape and turning his life around, he founded Manitoba Harvest in an effort to get the word out about hemp hearts and their many body benefits..
Manitoba Harvest has created an entire line of hemp heart products that are not only exceptionally good for you, but extremely delicious as well. Their range includes the hearts themselves, toasted heart snacks, hemp bites, oils, and proteins. Literally creating a line that has something for everyone ensures that people will not only find a product that suits them, but that they enjoy the products as well. With several ways to get hemp hearts into your diet, there's a lot of goodness to go around!
Essentially, the more you eat the better off you'll be. With such a fabulous variety of products to choose from, there's hundreds of ways to get as much hemp power as possible! Want to know more?
Head to Manitoba Harvest's website for details on their entire product line, information and nutritional stats on hemp hearts, and where to find them locally or online. Don't wait, get your hands on their products today and start pumping your body full of nutrients, omegas, and protein. :D
This time around, I tried the Crispy Meatless cutlets. Taking them out of the box, they had an unnerving orangey colour that was kind of strange. Looking at the instructions, pan frying was the safest bet because the oven instructions were very vague but I still decided to bake them up. I put them in at 375F for 20 minutes flipping halfway and when they finished, they didn't look much different than when they came out of the box. I was kind of expecting some brown but they stayed pretty much the same.
They were addictively crispy which is one of my favourite things about anything that's breaded. They had a really great crunch and wonderfully airy texture on the inside. Much like the last product from them that I reviewed, they were lacking a lot of flavour. After a pinch of salt and some sauce on the side for dipping, they were just fine.
Overall, they are a good value because you get 4 cutlets per box. They're easy to make despite the lackluster instructions, they're crispy and airy on the inside, and make a great main paired with a salad and side. I must admit, the nacho cheese orangey hue was a bit off putting and they didn't really taste like chicken but ultimately, they were good. Worth the money and good to have on hand in a pinch! I suggest picking up a box and trying them for yourselves!
Eating the burgers, there were a few things I noticed. They were wonderfully crispy on the outside despite not getting super brown in the frying pan. I like a crispy outside so that was a treat. Flavour wise, I found that they didn't hold up against the toppings I had chosen so I had to rip a piece of the burger off separately to try. It actually had a great flavour and as I mentioned, a great crisp. I could taste the freshness of the ingredients which was great!
Would I call this the best veggie burger I've ever tried? No, probably not. I would however say that they were tasty, crispy, and full of fresh, wholesome ingredients and that says a lot. I am looking forward to trying some of the other products in their line like their broccoli casserole veggie bites, their root veggie burger, and a few of their salad dressings. Overall, I suggest giving their products a try. You can rest assured that whatever you try comes from a fresh, wholesome beginning.
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Jonathan - Happy Veg
Lover of a variety of things including cheese, fresh produce, and baby animals of all varieties.