Sunday, March 23, 2014

Amy's Vegan Veggie Loaf

Ok, let's go back to the year 2000. I was on the verge of going Vegetarian, I was trying new foods like meat-analogs and dairy-free milks and I was getting tempeh and hummus mixed up (I'm from Nebraska, cut me some slack.) Tofu seemed like this wonderful protein that I had no idea what to do with. Organic produce had more flavor and I consumed more veggies than I ever had before.

But one thing I really appreciated was Amy's frozen dinners. They were on the natural side of things, with great ingredients, but the food didn't seem super alien to me. I could relate to a frozen dinner, it wasn't intimidating. Anyway, my first Amy's frozen dinner was the Veggie Loaf. I was blown away by the flavor and the texture and I knew I was on the right path. It was my favorite frozen dinner up until I went Vegan in 2003. You see, the Veggie Loaf had honey and all these years I've been upset that honey was the only thing keeping me from eating it. Like, change the one ingredient and so many more people can enjoy the dinner. Well, to my surprise, Amy's finally got rid of the honey and now I can once again enjoy some delicious Veggie Loaf!

So after all these years, I finally have a Vegan Amy's Veggie Loaf in front my face. I'm trying to remember what the old Veggie Loaf was like. As I recall, the loaf itself was denser and the tray had separate compartments for the sides. I kinda remember a dessert of some type? Also, I'm pretty sure the original wasn't gluten-free. Anyway, this is a totally different meal and I'm ok with that.

The new loaf is tasty, something that would be an excellent gateway food for a veg interested person. It's familiar enough while still having some of the characteristics of meat. The veggies, mashed potatoes and gravy were good as well. Everything cooked evenly in the microwave and was delicious. My only complaint would be that it seems like less food than it used to be. I know it's not the year 2000 anymore, so that's just wishful thinking. But you know me, I could easily eat two of these dinners.

I'm happy Amy's finally made their Veggie Loaf Vegan, and it's definitely back on my list of favorites. Thinking about the old Veggie Loaf made me nostalgic and it really got me to think about my long and windy road to Veganism. I'm glad Amy's was there at that transitional time in my life and it's exciting to relive that again.  


21 comments:

  1. Glad you were able to reconnect with your love of amys meatloaf - this is one of her dishes I have not yet tried - although happy its now vegan and I'm sure I'll try it as a quick weeknight meal eventually! Thanks for the updated review :)

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  2. So jealous! I've been keeping an eye out for the veggie loaf and haven't seen it around here at all. I used to eat it all the time pre-vegan. I'm pretty sure I miss the vegetarian foods I used to eat way more than any of the 'regular' foods I gave up when I went vegan. Morningstar buffalo wings used to be my JAM.

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    1. I used to love the Morningstar corn dog. Why isn't that Vegan? Come on.

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  3. I was kind of disappointed. I got the low sodium version, so maybe that's what went wrong. It was waaay to sweet and, instead of the rich brown onion gravy I remember, it was sweet and tomato-y. The loaf was definitely different, and nurse seemed like a bland rice-based veggie burger shaped like loaf. Sad times.

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  4. I just hope they make more vegan frozen entrees. That would greatly help.

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    1. Danielle, they have tons of vegan ones. I counted on the Amy's website and there are 23 vegan frozen meals. Which have you tried?

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    2. Woops, miscounted. There are actually over 30, including the pizzas and excluding the hot cereals, toaster pastries, veggie burgers, and burritos.

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  5. Now they just need to veganize the pesto tortellini. That's the one thing I miss the most!

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    1. Mmm, never got a chance to try that one!

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  6. Yay! I used to love those too. I grew up eating frozen dinners every day during the summer when my mama and daddy were working. And I just love them. And I loved that veggie loaf when I was vegetarian. Can't wait to try it again!

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    1. Hell ya! I grew up on those $1 Swanson tv dinners. :D

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  7. Ha. The only thing that keeps me from trying any of the frozen vegan meals is that I too could eat about 2 at a time.

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  8. Definitely one of my favorite frozen meals, so glad they took the honey back out. The one that you remembered with the divided sections and dessert (I think it was an apple crisp or something) is actually a different frozen meal, Amy's Country Dinner, Vegetarian Salisbury Steak. That was good too, but not vegan. And for some reason, it no longer has the dessert part. :-(

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    1. Ahhh, you might be right! That would explain the differences :)

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  9. This was also one of my favorites in my pregan days. It had been years, so I couldn't even remember why it wasn't vegan--I thought they used milk in the potatoes or something.

    I need to track one of these down. Add one of their apple toaster pops on the side and there's a complete meal.

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  10. this was one of my first Amy's too! My first was the Salisbury steak. As a frequent OG Amys meatloaf eater, this is exactly how I was before it was vegan. Not little compartments, no desert, just the veggie loaf, veggies and mashed potatoes.

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  11. Food memories! So happy to see this is now vegan!

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