Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Care Package from Vegan Whore!

Vegan care package exchanges are the best! I've participated in Lindsay's (from Cook. Vegan. Lover) exchange every fall for the past three years. The first year, my swap partner was Lindsay herself, and last year, I traded packages with Sarah from See Sarah Eat.

This year, I was paired up with the lovely Megan from Vegan Whore. My (very heavy) package arrived on Monday filled bubble-wrapped surprises. I'm probably most excited about these home-canned goods — blueberry preserves and zucchini pickles — made by Megan herself:

I ripped open this package of Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks at my desk this morning and shared with co-worker Mary Cash. We both agreed that they were very, very tasty. I think I'm in love with sea veggies now:

I can't wait to find a fun use for these Mung Bean Fettucine, as mung beans are one of my favorite legumes:

This bottle of Raw Coconut Aminos tastes a lot like soy sauce, but it will be a great sub for cooked soy sauce on raw food days. And the Garlic Expressions Vinaigrette is totally going on tomorrow night's salad:

To calm my sugar cravings, Megan sent along this seasonally-appropriate carob spider and carob-peanut butter filled pumpkin. The Karma Bakery cookie in the center is one of those healthy cookies that you don't have to feel guilty about later:

And finally, Megan also included these swell reusable Toast It Bags:

I'd never heard of them before, but apparently you can place a couple slices of bread with vegan cheese in the middle and pop into a toaster bag. Then you place the whole bag into the toaster and it cooks the sandwich right there, no skillet needed ... and you won't get Daiya on your microwave!

Thanks Megan for all this awesome stuff! I can't wait to try everything!

Question: Have you ever done a vegan care package swap? If so, what was your favorite surprise?

24 comments:

Giulia said...

Hi! I've done lots of swaps, but never a vegan care package one... sounds cool! :D

Kiersten said...

Toast It bags are such a cool idea! I didn't know such a thing existed. Megan sent you some awesome stuff. The coconut Aminos sounds really interesting. Vegans always find the coolest things to eat!

JL goes Vegan said...

Great goodies in your package! Yes! I participated in this very one, my first. I also got the mung bean fettuccine from Amanda at Vegacious. Can't wait to try it!

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

I've never done a vegan care package swap, but I keep seeing them and so want to! The Toast It bag is a pretty genius idea!

Eric said...

Raw Coconut Aminos? Toaster bags? Why have I never seen/heard of these before??

I like the idea of the swap, looks like you did well :D

Rick said...

i want to do a care package swap NOW!

that mung bean fettucine looks awesome. we buy the black bean pasta from that same company...awesome stuff!

Ninja Vegana said...

You have good friends ^_^

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

The coconut aminos are really great in raw nut cheeses! I heard Sarahfae talking about them and I just had to get some of my own. I should have participated in the package swap...I follow that blog :)

Ashley said...

I'm just about to send my first vegan care package ever. When I was in London this summer, I volunteered at Vx (the store for the Secret Society of Vegans in London). I'm sending them some American vegan goodies and hope to get some of the British vegan goodies that I miss!

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Great job, Whore!

Michelle said...

I've never done a care package, but it sounds really neat. I would like to do one now. You got a lot of neat things...that's for sure!

aimee said...

Never done a vegan care package swap, but would certainly be up for it! Looks like you have some fun goodies to keep you busy!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Wow, what a haul!! Very nice care package!

It's funny that you mention those sesame seaweed snacks because I have been trying to find those near me forEVER! I've heard they're delicious. And homemade blueberry preserves?! YUM!

I participated in a care package "thing" a few years ago, but it wasn't a swap. It was through VegWeb where people signed up to send packages to veg college students around Christmastime. It was super fun! :)

Anonymous said...

That is an awesome swap package. Wow. And if we lived nearby, Arthur would make you 'B' pretzels. :)

Krys
twoveganboys.wordpress.com

Millie said...

what a great gift...I know you must of been grinning after seeing what it all contained.

Jessica said...

Awesome that you got homemade zucchini pickles! And I love those wasabi nori pieces. I just got my first care package, from the same swap. It looks awesome and I can't wait to dig in!

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

I've never done a vegan care package swap with someone, but it would be fun.

Of course, maybe that's just because I love shopping for vegan foodie-related things. :)

LittleHouseofVeggies said...

Looks like some fun loot! I want to do a vegan care swap!!

Noelle said...

Whoa! That is a nice package. I would like to do a swap, but I would have to save money for it, it seems kind of a hefty price. That coconut Amino Acids is great!

jessy said...

you were totally hooked up in the care package swap, Bianca! wahooooooo! blueberry preserves 'n zucchini pickles?! i'm totally jealousfaced! i would put those preserves on EVERYTHING! mmmmmmm! the mung bean fettucine = the best! my bro works at Provisions (out in long island) now and he hooked me up with a few packages of them. they're AWESOME! the texture is amazing and they are full of protein which keeps me pretty full. last thing i made with them - the Rancho Beans from Hell Yeah It's Vegan - and i cooked up some fettucine to mix in after the beans were cooked - super yum! we loooove the coconut aminos and the garlic vinaigrette sounds heavenly, my friend. cookies, crackers - Megan's the best! :)

Tanya said...

I did this swap too (Thanks, Lindsay!). Great care package. This was my first one and I LOVED it. Will definitely do it again :)

Sarah @ See Sarah Eat said...

Ah man, somehow I totally managed to miss that this year, oops! Glad you scored some awesome stuff. :)

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Awesome! I love package swaps so very much.

Gloria Ives said...

How much fun! i love the mung bean pasta. Just tried it tonight with sauted swiss chard and garliv and zuchini and pine nuts sprinled with himalayan sea salt and sesame seeds.

the toaster bag is intriguing!