Monday, March 7, 2011

The Laziest Vegans Top Ten Asks Annie Shannon

It's time for the March edition of The Laziest Vegans Top Ten! I've asked Annie Shannon from the wildly successful Meet The Shannons to share with the world her favorite prepackaged Vegan convenience foods. When Annie is not converting Betty Crocker classics into Vegan form, she is helping protect our furry friends at In Defense of Animals. A fan of The Laziest Vegans from the get-go and a fellow Star Wars nerd, it is my pleasure to present Annie Shannon!

What is your favorite veggie burger?
I have to admit we eat more than our share of Boca burgers cooked in Braggs Amino Acid, Liquid Smoke and olive oil. I know we've all been eating them for years so that's not too exciting but we've even been experimenting with the ol' flavor injector and A-1 sauce to make them new again. On nights when we have more time - we love making our own seasoned patties using Match Vegan Meats.

What is you favorite frozen dinner?We love Tofutti Pan Crust Pizza Pizzazs. We put a few toppings on them and it's a fast easy dinner that pretty much takes you back to those french bread pizzas we all had at sleep overs when were kids. The Tofurky pizzas are good too but not as large. Size matters around here. ( Does that sound dirty?)

What is your favorite ice cream?This might be one of the hardest questions I have ever answered. I mean is there bad vegan ice cream? Peanut Butter Tofutti Cuties are priceless. I'm also tempted to go with Turtle Mountain's Purely Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl or Cookie Dough but recently I have fallen in love their Coconut ice cream with our homemade caramel sauce over the top and peanuts.

What is your favorite chip or cracker?Nevermind this is the hardest. It's kinda a tie between Eco-Planet Non-Dairy Organic Cheddar Crackers (they're like vegan cheddar Goldfish crackers) and these Rosemary crackers they sell at Whole Foods. If we have any Smoked Cheddar Sheese - those rosemary crackers are in trouble.

What is your favorite cereal?Pretty much anything vegan that makes my almond milk chocolaty is cool with me.

What is your favorite candy?Peanut Chews. Sorry Chic-o-Sticks - you're lovely but this one was easy.

What is your favorite cookie?We really love Uncle Eddies Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. They're really committed to supporting sustainable agriculture by using organic and fairly traded ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging so it makes me feel good about eating a bag of cookies for breakfast.

What three pre-packaged food items would you take to a desert island?After much debate with the Mr. - The Official Shannon Desert Island List :
Naked Juice's Blue Machines
Sweet & Sara Vegan Rice Crispy Treats
Kettle Potato Chips - Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper ( though one can dream a crate of Tings and Luna Bars would wash up from time to time)

Name a product you would like Veganized?Ya know if you has asked me this a few years ago - I would have said Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers and marshmallows but now there are amazing vegan marshmallows and the Eco-Planet cheddar crackers. There's a company named Sjaak that even makes a peanut butter cup that would put Reese's to shame. So I might have to go with Snickers bars or Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips. I'm not sure why that flavor of chips aren't always vegan but it's rare to find a brand that is. I often find Dill Pickle chips in places like Seattle and Boston that are vegan and pretty much wonderful in the same way. Also - Peanut Chews are pretty close to Snickers... So let's go with fish sticks.

What are your favorite local and/or online stores for Vegan products?We rely on Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe in Atlanta and Food Fight! Grocery in Portland and of course May Wah to get our hard to find mock meats - like vegan "shrimp balls". Sounds ridiculously gross but super good.

And that concludes The Laziest Vegans Top Ten! Thanks Annie!


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