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Anyone tried Gardein?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I heard about Gardein for the first time when Oprah hosted Tal Ronnen this week. I had never heard of him either...or of his new cookbook, The Conscious Cook.

I was intrigued with cashew cream...which he Ronnen used to prepare a Celery root soup. I have a daughter who cannot have dairy...this sounded really good.

For years, we have been what is now called flexatarian. Ronnen talked about his recipes and how he has applied french cooking techniques...with Asian achieve flavor without all the bad for you stuff. Well, THAT sounds good to me, too.

Then he made a recipe using Gardein...never heard of that either!!!but it sounds like a great Idea also. Now to find the stuff to try it.

For that matter, I want to round up the supplies to try the recipes as well as the Gardein.

I would love to succeed with more vegetarian and/or vegan recipes. I don't cook much anymore compared to when I had four teens home plus my DH who eats like a teen.

Ah well, adventure ahead...will try the recipes...will try Gardein if I can find it...and would like to look at that cookbook. Guess I will report back when I have taste tested!

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BOOKWERME 11/9/2009 9:42PM

    Decided to try the gardein before I got the cookbook...and I didn't do any thing fancy with it. I eat chicken so prob. won't need to use this stuff, but it does taste very much like chicken..texture is slightly different. In some recipes, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I am glad I tried it and can recommend it. VERY handy if you are entertaining vegans or vegitarians!

The cookbook arrived shortly thereafter. It is a lovely book with what looks to be good ideas. I am looking forward to trying some of the things there.

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BOOKWERME 10/29/2009 7:22PM

    Well, I have ordered the cookbook (it hasn't come yet) and found the Gardein at the Whole Foods Store in the fresh foods section. The Gardein website says it is also available at Kroger but I havean't looked there yet. I have not had a chance yet to try it. Will report!

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HONEYDRIPPER 10/29/2009 5:05PM

    Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen' styles.
I'd never heard of it before reading your blog so had to google it to even find out what it is. Sounds interesting and a lot better than all the fake meats made mostly with soy that are available in the supermarket.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/25/2009 2:11AM

    I'll be interested to hear how this goes. We are almost totally vegetarian here now. I eat some fish once in awhile and dairy and eggs. I've had meat in restaurants, but I don't seem to like it anymore now that I've gotten away from it.

My son will barely eat things that have animal products at all. I tried TVP, but I don't like it too much.

Good Luck!

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BOOKWERME 10/24/2009 10:45PM

    Did you find that info at the Gardein website...there is a link there to locate where you can buy Gardein locally to you. You can also watch a clip of Tal Ronnen cooking with it.Thanks for your comment.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 10/24/2009 10:22PM

    I'd never heard of it, but looked it up and found this:

Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen'

Also found that there's a company planning on introducing mainstream grocery stores to a line of frozen Gardein foods soon. Sounds interesting. I wish I would have caught that episode of Oprah, I'm sure I would have been intrigued too.

Have fun exploring the new and exciting! emoticon

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Goodies and cake!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend. We went to Panera Bread. We split a soup and sandwich meal. So far, so good. Then my friend wanted to buy some bread and we stood there by all those pastries. I counted 23 kinds of pastry...all beautifully displayed. tempting!!! I made it out without one bite (or purchase for later either!)

THEN, I had to frost and decorate a cake for a bridal shower. It smells wonderful while you work on it! This evening was the shower. The cake went over wonderfully well...and I didn't eat but one piece (I had to at least try it!!!) The guests ate about half the cake ...a 12 X 18 sheet cake. I was able to walk away and LEAVE it....I don't even know who took it home. I LOVE that cake. One small serving...I am really pleased!

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FRENCHTOSD 10/24/2009 6:59PM

    Good for you! It's so hard when you see all that "good" stuff. I know you felt great after getting through that minefield!

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MARIE4950 10/24/2009 6:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Miss you. Love Marie

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WIIGAL 10/23/2009 11:06PM

    Great job dealing with temptation. You did great!

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home time

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Well, my life has been on a different track for the last few weeks. After my daughter's difficult childbirth experience, she needed help after DH went back to work. I went willingly to help my daughter care for the baby and to assist her as needed.

I've been driving more than usual...45-50 min each way. I am getting home much later than usual...I am usually home by 3:30 and am not leaving DD's till her DH gets home. Since MY DH started a new job two weeks ago...WE are up much earlier in the mornings.

The results of all this has been my getting behinder and behinder in MY usual home care, shopping, cooking etc .

This weekend, DH is fighting a cold and the weather was rather raw we mostly stayed home and in. I got SO much done!

Today, crisp and clear weather lent itself well to my floor cleaning project. I do a MAJOR floor cleaning of my "dining" room before I haul in plants for the winter season. It is the only room with enough light. Most of the plants love it. It looks like a jungle in there when we finally bring in everything we can fit.

Doing the floor is a multi-step process...move furniture/plants/etc, scrub/wash section of floor; wait for it to dry. Repeat process. Anyway, I got the floor done, some windows washed as well and began moving plants...just a few since after tonight's frosty temps...the rest of the week is supposed to be more normal...warmer and nice.

There is still plenty to turn my hand to...but it will have to wait till I get to it.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/18/2009 11:41PM

    Wow! That is so ambitious. It must look beautiful to bring the outdoors in. I have no gardening outlet at all where I live, so I envy you to have all those plants. The floor cleaning was a good workout too, so you got something else done at the same time!

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no more I mow again!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Well, I am done with the snoozies...and am back to mowing. I try to do 30 min a day. Now if I can just get all the mowing done before it is time to start again!!!


It's raining, it's pouring....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

and I wish I were snoring. Actually, I am not that tired. Weather is wet, but we are not getting the torrents that other areas are experiencing with all the flooding. For that I am grateful. not getting enough exercise these days and that is frustrating, as well as creating a status quo that is harder and harder to break out of. The dreary weather does not help with motivation. Restless sleep is not helping either. Guess it is time to take myself iin hand and get moving.

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CELEST 10/12/2009 11:37AM

    Wow your sleep patterns sound identical to mine. My mom used to say she could peg me to the clothes line and I'd sleep through. My fil used to say burglars could steal my bed and bedding from under me and I'd sleep through. These days I wake several times a night. If its not a full bladder, its a dry throat.....oh my goodness...the aging process lol.
Ps you've had enough of ALL yr rain and I'm just loving ours.
Today my son drove through to Cape Town which is the next big city 4 hrs away from me, they are experiencing floods there. Cole reckons I mustn't panic, he'll find a dark sinister rain cloud, lasso it and drag it home. lol He must've done that and sent it on ahead...cause its here!

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BOOKWERME 9/22/2009 11:48AM

    Can't blame most of my restless nights on the baby...though I confess to be exhausted all day Saturday after being up with Baby and Mommy over Friday/Saturday.
I know that many women my age struggle with getting decent sleep. I used to sleep like I was dead...didn't even rustle the sheets...but these days many things seem to disturb my rest. I keep trying to outwit my body...but only have limited success with that effort.

Thanks for the encouragement. It certainly is welcome.

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JCHOATEX2 9/22/2009 11:45AM

    You've been busy with the new grandbaby, so of course your sleep has been affected. That, in turn, has affected your motivation. Once you start getting more normal sleep, your motivation is sure to return! Give yourself a break.

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