Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stuff I Ate

Bright and early Thursday morning, I'll be hitting the road for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. I've gone every year since 2010 as a reporter for The Memphis Flyer, and though I'm no longer on staff there, I'm going as a freelancer for the Flyer this year. So I wanted to do a quick Stuff I Ate post before I head out. When I return, I'll have lots of amazing pics of vegan festival food to share. Bonnaroo is very vegan-friendly.

Last Friday was National Doughnut Day! Although Memphis doesn't have a vegan doughnut option on the regular, Imagine Vegan Cafe made doughnuts just for the occasion. Owner Kristie made so many flavors, but I opted for a Maple Pecan Doughnut and Fruity Pebbles Doughnut.

Now before the vegan police step in, I should say that neither Kristie nor I realized that Fruity Pebbles contains a source of vitamin D that isn't vegan. A commenter on my Instagram post pointed that out. I actually don't worry too much about consuming occasional by-products in the form of a fortified food or something that may contain a tiny amount of honey or some other thing. I wouldn't buy Fruity Pebbles at home anyway because I try to stick with healthier cereals. But it was a fun treat, and now we know. I'm also of the belief that's impossible to be 100% vegan, and we should just do the best we can and not sweat the small stuff.

Anyway, I had those doughnuts at lunch, and I needed something savory to balance out the sugar. So I also ordered a bowl of Imagine's Gumbo. This is loaded with vegan sausage, vegan chicken, okra, tomatoes, and brown rice.

After my power came back last week, I was pretty low on fresh food. But I had a package of pre-cooked, heat-and-eat Seeds of Change Caribbean Brown Rice & Red Beans. I heated that and served with some of the green beans I'd gotten from the farmer's market before the storm. I didn't lose those in the power outage since fresh produce doesn't need to stay cold.

When I did get my frozen goods back from my friend Andy's house (he stashed my stuff in his freezer while my power was out), I realized that I had leftover Hilary's Eat Well Burgers. I had one with Chao cheese, ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, and some BBQ protein crisps.

Hey look! A ramen bowl! Made with air-fried, breaded tofu from The Vegan Air Fryer. Full review of this awesome cookbook coming soon!

And finally, yesterday morning, I used the very last of my stash of Simple Truth Organic Meatless Breakfast Patties on a Breakfast Bagel Sandwich. Sadly, Kroger discontinued their line of meatless products, and when I found out that was happening, I bought several packages of these sausages to stash away. I LOVED THESE SO MUCH. Sadness.

Anyway, a breakfast sandwich seemed like the best way to enjoy my last one. Served with Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg and Chao Cheese on a locally made Dave's whole wheat bagel.

I'll check back in Monday night with pictures from Bonnaroo!


vegan peace said...

That gumbo looks so delicious! I've never had gumbo in my life, and I feel like I'm really missing out! I am so upset that Kroger is discontinuing their meatless meats. When I lived in Seattle I used to buy them at Fred Meyer, and I thought everything I tried was excellent and it was cheaper than Gardein. I wonder why they made that decision?? But you definitely made great use of that last sausage, that sandwich is drool worthy!!!

vegan peace said...

Oh, and have so much fun at Bonnaroo! I always love reading your Bonnaroo posts!

Rose said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. The guy at my Kroger told me they had a dry spell of production - not that they were discontinued. I'm beside myself.

Sarah said...

Yay, have fun at Bonnaroo! I love reading your Bonnaroo posts every year :) It seems like such a great time!

You have been in my head this week it seems! I had a boca burger with chao cheese for dinner last night and have ramen on my agenda this week as well :) Your breakfast sandwich looks amazing. I really need to stop being so lazy and make biscuits because biscuit breakfast sandwiches are my favorite. The donuts look great and that is good to know about the fruity pebbles. Sure looks pretty though.

Have fun and be safe!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous doughnuts! I agree that you can only do so much and go so far to eat vegan, at some point the best of your knowledge has to be enough.
I had a Hillary's burger for the first time about two weeks ago when i found them in sale at whole foods- they're so good! I'm going to bring them for grilling with friends over the summer since they seem sturdy enough.
Enjoy Bonaroo, that always looks like such a fantastic event!

Bianca said...

Hey Rose, that's just what I read on Reddit. Someone had posted a response from Kroger's corporate office there. But that's all secondhand, so hopefully, your Kroger guy is right and they're coming back!!