Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Whole Foods: Health Starts Here

For the last couple months I've seen these prepackaged Vegan meals for sale at my Whole Foods. I was intrigued but I'm more of a frozen dinner kind of guy, the fresh stuff goes bad too quickly. Right now I have my house up for sale so I need my kitchen clean at all times. Could there be a better time to give this stuff a try? Probably not. So in one fell swoop I bought all of these Health Starts Here meals and tried them out. I heated everything up in the oven because I thought it would taste better that way. So here's what I thought...

I had really high hopes for this enchilada because it looks like something I'd totally love. Sad to say I was disappointed. The first couple bites were fine but after that it seemed like a chore to eat. Bland is the one word that comes to mind. I suppose some salsa or taco sauce would have helped. I wish I could have loved you Mr. Enchilada. :(

The grain loaf was decent, it reminded me a bit of Amy's loaf. The veggies were just ok. I guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be this one.

I'm not even going to waste my time on this one...bland and boring.

This was the first thing I ate. It didn't look very appetizing but I gave it a shot anyway. If play-doe had meatloaf flavor, it I would taste exactly like this. The texture was like clay...not good.

I ate this along with the meatloaf. Mixed with the meatloaf sauce it was decent, by itself it was kinda blah. I just can't win with this stuff.

This Vegan pudding isn't in the "Heath Starts Here" line per se but it's in the same section. Everyone deserves a treat and this was a pretty good one.

So I think the bottom line is that the Heath Starts Here is mediocre at best. I hate to shit on anything that goes out of the way to cater to Vegans but I know Whole Foods can do better. And yes, Whole Foods made these for health conscious people but dear lord, come on! My only hope is that a non-Vegan will not judge all Vegan food on the basis of these dinners.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Daiya Day!

Quite possibly the biggest story of the year for Vegans, Daiya Cheese becomes widely available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide today. Why all the hype? Well Daiya is unlike any other Vegan cheese. First of all it has no soy which is pretty rare for Vegan cheese. Second of all it melts as if it were real cheese. I have a feeling that non Vegans looking for a cheese alternative will jump all over this. Third of all it tastes amazing! So the bottom line is Vegans now have a easier way to get Daiya and non Vegans will now have another option to try. In the end the cows win!

To celebrate this glorious day I decided to cook with Daiya! I know, I know, Laziest Vegans is all about not cooking. This will be one of the few times I cook for this blog so don't get used to it. Basically I whipped up some of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Chickpea-Hijiki Salad Sammiches and topped them with Mozzarella Style Daiya. For the last step I broiled them in the oven for 5 minutes.

As you can see, the Daiya melts and browns as if it were dairy cheese. If you want to get REALLY lazy you could buy some English muffins and spaghetti sauce and make mini pizzas. And if you are REALLY REALLY lazy, Daiya is already in some prepackaged Vegan foods.

Out of these three the only one I've had is The Higher Taste Burrito. It was amazing as I'm sure the others are.


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