As I've mentioned on this blog time and time again, I'm cheap. Not in a trashy, tawdry way (well, maybe). But in the "I can't believe I just spent $5 on that!" way. Although I live for mock meats, I'm rarely willing to shell out the big bucks when I know I can make a batch of seitan for way, way cheaper. But let's face it — seitan is no Gardein.
Despite the high price tag of $4.99 per bag of 10 strips, Seven-Grain Gardein Crispy Tenders fill the hole in my little vegan heart. Whatever was missing from my life before is completely fulfilled thanks to these little munchkins:
Don't you just wanna squeeze his little mock meat cheeks and dip him in maple-Dijon sauce? That's exactly what I did. But I found the Gardein flavor so appealing, I abandoned the sauce and consumed the other two strips naked (they were naked, not me!).
But enough with the Gardein gushing. On the side, I tried deep-frying a batch of my Curried Sweet Potato Fries:
I've been tweaking this recipe for my cookbook and my original instructions called for baking. But sweet tater fries (or any fries, really) don't get crispy enough in the oven for me. So I'm adding frying instructions to the recipe. But I'll also leave in a baking alternative for those who'd prefer not to fry.
I also tested my Spicy Citus Broccoli Salad again:
This cold salad is a refreshing way to enjoy lightly steamed broccoli on hot summer days. It's spiced with red pepper flakes, sriracha, and a hint of lemon. Plus, it kinda makes up for the fact that I fried the hell out of my nutritious sweet potatoes, right? Here's the whole plate: