Update UPDATE: Hey, ya’all-if you live in the OP area and were hoping to take advantage of this offer, Costco no longer carries the Veggie Patch products (which was a HUGE bummer moment for me and the ma the other day). Just wanted to let you know.
This week has been phenomenal grocery-wise. It seems like most weeks, two days after going grocery shopping, I open the refrigerator and can’t find anything to eat. This week our refrigerator is still FULL. There is so much delicious foliage up in there.
Sad news, though…
Quinoa: Not available at the Wal-Mart in OP! They did have 1 kind of Quinoa at the Wal-Mart near where I work in Olathe but it was only 7 ounces for SIX DOLLARS. That’s almost a dollar per ounce. Since I didn’t want to go that much over our budget, we opted for brown rice on a few days instead.
The biggest surprise for this week: Veggie Patch Mediterranean Spinach and Chick Pea patties that I picked up on a whim at Costco. This brand is a wholesale brand, so they are pretty much only available at places like Costco or Sam’s Club, but on their website they have a locator (http://veggiepatch.com/locator/) that will tell you where, near you, their products are sold.
They are friggin’ DELICIOUS. Even as a person who eats meat fairly frequently and doesn’t always like vegetarian alternatives, this was a satisfying, wholesome, toothsome, and just outstanding meal.
I pan seared both sides of the patty until light brown and served on a toasted ciabatta bun with pesto mayo (1 part Vegenaise or light mayo mixed with 1 part pre-made pesto), sliced campari tomatoes, and topped with spinach lightly wilted in a pan with garlic. The result: dinner TO THE MAX!!!! It was utterly mind-blowing.
Here is a link to a coupon, if you can find a location that sells the brand near you, for any of their products listed on the coupon for FREE. That is correct, FREEEEEEE.
I would wager that their spinach bites are just as delicious.
As a non-veghead, I have noticed that the supposed “meat replacements” that taste the best are the ones that aren’t trying to taste like meat. I dig on Boca burgers and Morning Star garden burgers and Chik nuggets and on and on, but the form somehow reminds me that these are just a mediocre replacement for what I am actually craving. Somehow the patties and nuggets that don’t dress themselves like animal products and abuse soy protein and such and just look like, well, vegetables, taste BETTER to me.
I think it’s time to hear your opinion:
Thank you, enjoy, and Live Enchanted, folks!