Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gardein Does it Again!

After living in the snow belt for several winters, I know more than anyone that rain is better than snow, but it has been raining non-stop for over two days! Like never ending. You think it stopped, only to discover that it's still misting. I am so much happier in Seattle than I was in Erie obviously, but my perfect climate is definitely a more sunny year round scene. Rain rain go away!
I was going to run to the store to get some Chao original slices for my horseradish mac and cheese, but I just couldn't get myself to the bus stop! I didn't even walk up my hill yesterday. I'm back on it today, even though it's raining harder than it was yesterday! Grrr. Anyway, I think Chao original is the best vegan cheese for my recipe, because it really kind of reminds me of baby Swiss, and I think baby Swiss and horseradish are a tasty combo! So hopefully today my desire to create this recipe can win over my desire to stay out of the rain.
I decided to make a nice big salad for dinner, because I needed an excuse to eat some more FYH vegan blue cheese dressing. I also had some BBQ gardein wings in my freezer, so it all worked out deliciously!
I loved these! I loved the texture, and let's just talk about the sauce. Gardein has the sauce thang down! Their crispy mandarin chicken is to die for, and they have several other varieties that come with sauce, and they are all TO LIVE FOR in  my humble opinion! These were super easy to prepare, you just thaw the sauce in some warm water, and then get it all mixed in with the pieces, and bake for like ten minutes. These are really satisfying, and I would serve these to non vegans in a heartbeat. The texture is firm and meaty, without being too meaty, and the sauce takes it over the top. I mixed a few dashes of Cajun garlic hot sauce in with the BBQ because I always need spice!

I piled my bowl with a head of Romaine, some iceberg for extra crunch, red pepper, avocado and sunflower seeds! Yum and yum. It was really satisfying, and everything went together perfectly.
I haven't had a single gardein product that I haven't loved. These would be great on a game day for sports fans. Serve these with the FYH blue cheese, and/or ranch, and I can't imagine any non vegan having a problem.
So, Friday i was tinkering around trying to learn stuff, and i downloaded and started an Instagram account, but so far I have ALOT  to learn! My phone also doesn't really take Instagram worthy pictures, and I don't know what I'm doing yet, but i jumped in headfirst with this blog, and learned later, so I guess it's round two with Instagram. It's another lesson in patience for me. If I just breathe, and don't get all pissed, I can actually figure stuff out! The main problem I'm having right now is I can't log in from my computer, only my phone. And I downloaded from my computer. I need to do stuff with my profile, and I want to do it on my computer because to be honest I can't stand typing on my phone. I am in the minority I know, but I prefer buttons over touchscreen. I'm such a relic! But it feels good to challenge myself.
I hope everyone has a cozy Sunday!

8 comments:

  1. I still need to try Gardein's bbq wings; they sound awesome! Good luck with Instagram!

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    1. They're sooooo good! They make a spicier one that is really good as well. Thanks, I need all the luck I can get!

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  2. Much agreed, I hate doing things with my iPhone. I mean I like using some apps that are specific for phones like Instagram, but I don't like writing long descriptions. I love the new apple news app but if I see something that looks good I copy the link and send it to myself in an email to read later on the computer.

    That salad looks so good I am thinking about buying the follow your heart ranch dressing and making some sort of buffalo wing salad, maybe with roasted buffalo wing cauliflower?

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    1. I know, I can't stand typing long things on the touchscreen. I feel like I have big old sausage fingers!
      That's my next thing to try is a cauliflower wing salad with the FYH ranch or blue cheese. Your mind will be blown. It's really hard to believe both of these dressings are vegan. I had a non vegan friend taste the ranch, and he said he never would guess that it;s vegan!

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  3. I couldnt barely eat the Gardein BBQ Wings. The Sauce was waaaay to spicy for me. Glad you enjoyed though.

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    1. I am a total spice fiend.. I added additional hot sauce to the wings!

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  4. OMG...I didn't realize I was this far back on commenting! I'm SO sorry!!! Forgive me! Catching up now!!!!

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