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New Foods - Taco Night

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Monday Night we tried a few prepackaged vegan alternative foods. I try to eat very little prepackaged or pre-prepared food. So, even though I am embarking on a radically different plant-based diet I have been leaning heavily on whole foods and have been cooking.

Unfortunately, Sunday Night was a bust at home. I made Quinoa, Cabbage, Black Eyed Peas, and Butternut Squash. I underseasoned everything. Although I was ok with the combination, John mentioned on Monday morning that it was less than satisfying and really didn't seem like a meal to him. Fair enough.

On Monday afternoon I added roasted tomatoes and finely chopped kale and turned the leftovers into a well-seasoned vegetable stew. I also decided that I would try some of the vegan alternatives that people talk about.

I tried taco night.

Started w/ Mission Gluten Free Spinach & Herb Tortillas. I will say that most gluten-free tortillas do not wrap and hold well. They are dry and break apart. These heated well and held together adequately. At 120 Calories a piece they will not be a staple in my house but for a treat, I may work them in. Tacos have always been my weak spot.

Inside my soft taco, I used 4 prepackaged ingredients: Amy's Organic Chili, The Jackfruit Company Tex-Mex Jackfruit, Daiya deliciously dairy-free cheddar style shreds, and Avocado Ranch Cashew Almond Dip. I also added sliced tomato and lettuce.

For John, I grilled some Turkey.

So how were they? Great. But Expensive. Highly Processed. Way, way over my calorie allowance for dieting. But Great!

What will I keep, delete, or do differently? Although I find the cheddar style shreds to be tasteless and the most unnatural item of the night I will keep some around. They were not bad. John liked it and at least while I am transitioning it can't hurt. I will probably not eat them.

The Jackfruit was interesting but expensive. I will probably not buy that brand again because the packages are small and it seems somehow too slick. I don't know. I am interested in learning to cook w/ Jackfruit and Breadfruit. The Asian grocery store in town has them seasonally. I can also buy it in bulk on Amazon if I don't want to go to the store. The packaged stuff was a treat and thought me that I really just need to season better and plan better. The Jackfruit added a good chew and mouthfeel. The tex-mex seasoned Jackfruit was great. I may buy some it was super easy to just cut open the bag and cook w/ it.

I loved the Avocado Ranch Cashew Almond Dip!!! It was also expensive and I did not need to layer it in my Taco but I will buy definitely buy it again or make something similar in a small batch as I am cooking. I will not waste the calories or flavor in a Taco again. But oh yes what a yummy fat. Next time I make Taco's I will just add avocado or guacamole.

I always have Amy's items on hand. As I cook more and need fewer last-minute rescues I will purchase less of them. As it is, they go on sale and I know where all of the calorie and nutrition counts are so if I am hungry they are easy.

Monday night was a cheat night. Not a cheat against eating plant-based but definitely not a calorie-controlled night. I feel good this morning so I'm ok with the day off.

Links to all of the items I tried are below. I purchased them all at Publix.


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    I admire your adventurous nature. I like to try new foods too, and new recipes. Got overwhelmed by it, unfortunately. Working full time, getting up 5 am. So I've found some shortcuts and convenience foods too. I'd love to be able to get to the point MRSLIVINGWELL talks about, being able to make quickly from whole foods.
    463 days ago
    I could never put more on a taco than seasoned vegan crumbles, lettuce, tomato, shreds, and either guacamole and salsa or avocado slices and a fake sour cream (optional) so you were super brave!
    463 days ago
    I think it's great that your husband is willing to give this a try. My hubby would not but then neither would I. LOL. I can't stand most processed food.
    463 days ago
    Thanks for the review. When we started out, we ate more processed foods until we found what homemade things worked for us. Fillings for tacos, fajitas and burritos now are onions, green peppers, potatoes and pinto beans.

    When we want the feel of meat in traditional dishes, we use lentils (esp french lentils) and barley.

    Once you learn how to quickly do it, it becomes manageable to make things homemade vegan.


    McDougall Plan Coleader
    463 days ago
    I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you so much. :)

    463 days ago
    All sounds interesting albeit expensive and over processed. Maybe research more vegan recipes online or buy some good vegan cookbooks that will give you ideas that are tasty, wholesome and a whole lot less expensive. emoticon
    463 days ago
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