Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review of SOL Cuisine's Original Burger

This has become my favourite vegan burger (mostly because all of the other brands either have refined sugar or carrageenan in the ingredients list).

I love that I can just microwave it and it's done. It's an easy - but healthy - solution for a quick weekday meal. Perfect for a busy professional like me.

It tastes really good. And the taste, quality and size of the patties have stayed consistent with time (unlike some other health foods - more on this later).

I used to be able to find the family pack reasonably easy (and on sale) but I think they only make it in the summer. I try to buy the 4-pack on sale too, since it is still a bit expensive.

For my microwave, I have to use 1:30 minutes instead of the 1 in the instructions - but that isn't too hard to do, and not too far from the instructions.

It's also a Canadian brand, so that's one more good reason to buy from them.

Looking at the package I noticed that it's Non-GMO certified - awesome! It also seems to be Kosher and Halal (the more blessed the better!)
 I really love this product. The only thing that could make this better is if it were Organic. I try to only eat Organic, but I also love burgers. So until I have the time/patience to make burgers myself with my own Organic ingredients (or someone starts selling Organic burgers), this will have to do. For now I will continue buying this product.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review of Silk's Unsweetened Creamy Cashew Milk - Vanilla

I tried this one a bit after I tried the original one.

The taste is very similar to the original one, but even closer to ice cream topping or even ice cream itself. I think the vanilla is what makes it taste like ice cream, and then the cashew flavour just reinforces that by tasting like ice cream topping. It's a great combination!

Like the original one, it is also very thick in consistency, which I love. (I can't for the life of me enjoy rice milk because of how runny it is. I think the thicker it is the closer the consistency to normal milk, so that's why I prefer ticker milk substitutes.)

As mentioned on the post about the original flavour, although Silk is not a saint when it comes to ingredients, I keep buying this because I don't have that much better options at the grocery store. And of course, I only buy it when it's on sale.

If you're looking for the creamiest milk substitute you can get or if you want to make home-made non-dairy ice cream or smoothies, I highly recommend this one.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review of GoGo Quinoa's Mushroom and Quinoa Cream Soup

I bought this because I thought i t was going to be one of those quick practical soups, similar to the Knorr or Campbell's ones.

When I read the directions on the package I was already a bit discouraged, since it involved the stove-top (I had bought it online, so I hadn't really read the cooking instructions before buying). When I finally felt like I had some time to cook this, I decided to make it.

The instructions tell you to mix water and milk if you want it to be creamy. I followed the instructions and it was still super runny. Then I read the next step and it said to keep simmering until the consistency was more creamy. I simmered for the length of time they advised and it was still far from creamy (and I used cashew milk, which is by far the creamiest of all milk substitutes).

It turned out very grainy (like when you put too much cocoa powder in your milk and it gets full of little grains because it didn't dissolve properly).

I also didn't like that I had to "stir occasionally". I don't have time for that. For me, cooking is: put something on the stove top and forget it until the timer tells me it's done. I have work to do. I have other house chores to take care of. I can't afford to sit in front of the stove stirring stuff (thats why I rarely make things that are stir-fried).

The soup itself was also very grainy in the sense that it had seeds (I think flax and some others). I was expecting it to be more creamy, like the one from Amy's.

The taste was good though. It even had some carrots, which made for a nice surprise when I did bite one.

But overall, this is not something I'd buy again. It takes too much time and doesn't have a very good consistency. If you are retired or have nothing else to do, sure, give this a try. But if you're a busy professional or mom trying to stay healthy, just go for Amy's soups instead.