Hummus and Frummus: Mediterranean Delight Company produces an all natural, vegan, kosher (parve), dairy-free hummus and frummus, sold in 4-pound packs. Both products have a 60-day refrigerated shelf life. The frummus is sweet, and is designed to be used in place of butter, frosting, or peanut butter. The cranberry almond, peach mango, or apple cinnamon frummus can be used on toast or bagels in the morning or as a dessert sauce for fresh, canned, or baked fruit in the evening. It can also be used to frost a cake or as a layer in a vegan pudding parfait. The hummus comes in many flavors, including parsley and onion, roasted red pepper, scallion, lemon pepper, spicy peanut, and tomato basil. Use hummus as a dip, as an ingredient in casseroles, swirled into soups, and as a sandwich spread. Contact Mediterranean Delights at Mdelight@sover.net, (802) 869-3533, or PO Box 148 Putney, VT 05346.
Organic Soy Steak Strips: Heartland Fields is offering soy steak strips made in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act. The strips are chemical-free and are currently sold in 1-pound packages that are kept frozen until used. The strips can be microwaved or baked and can be used in hot sandwiches, such as a soy steak dip with mushroom gravy or steak and vegetable fajitas. They can also be used as an ingredient in tofu scrambles, pasta or potato salads, as baked potato toppers, or used as a main ingredient in a pepper steak entrée. Visit www.heartlandfields.com or call (515) 225-2011 for more information.
Wrap It Up: Tumaro’s offers gourmet flavored tortillas. Beware that all varieties are not vegan (like the honey wheat flavor). All are organic, and the garden spinach and basil, sun-dried tomato and basil, jalapeno and cilantro, and the chilpote chili and peppers are vegan. The tortillas are large enough to be used as wraps and roll ups that can be served as whole sandwiches or can be cut to be served as appetizers. Use the tortillas for tofu breakfast roll-ups, cut into strips as garnishes, or baked or fried for chips. Contact Tumaro’s, 5300 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 311, Los Angeles, CA 90029, or call (323) 464-6317.
Smart Bacon: Lightlife is offering a meatless, vegan “bacon” made from soy with no nitrates or MSG. The refrigerated “bacon” can be used in hot sandwiches, crumbled on top of soups, vege-tables, or entrées as a garnish. Offer “bacon” on vegetarian salad or pasta bars, as a topping for salads or baked potatoes, or use as an ingredient when preparing bean or lentils dishes. Contact Lightlife Foods, 153 Industrial Blvd., Turner Falls, MA 01376, or call (413) 863-8500.
Flavored Tofu: House Foods America Corporation is offering a Chef Tofu line of flavored tofu in chili and veggie, herb and garlic, and original. The tofu comes in a 1-pound package, sliced in four pieces. The flavored tofu can be served right out of the package on cold salads, such as a spinach salad with herb and garlic tofu or pasta salad with chili and veggies. The tofu can be used in flavored scrambles or stir-fries, in burritos or fajitas, or pastas. Purée the tofu and use as a base for “creamy” soups. Contact House Foods America Corporation, 7151 Orangewood Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92841, or call (714) 901-4350 for further details.
Soy Cocoa: Country Choice offers instant cocoa mixes made with soy rather than dairy products. Some of the mixes contain sugar, so request ingredient disclosures from the company. The mix is made with organic cocoa, natural flavors, and soymilk and is reconstituted with hot water. The cocoa comes packed in 1-pound canisters or individual envelopes. Use as a hot beverage, as an ingredient for vegetarian cake frostings or in baking recipes, or freeze for a cocoa ice. Contact Country Choice, PO Box 44247 Eden Prairie, MN 55344, or visit the company’s website www.countrychoicenaturals.com.
Chicken-Free Chicken and Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative are just two of the vegan products from Follow Your Heart foods. Available in both retail and commercial packs, both products are lowfat, vegan, high in soy protein, and cholesterol free. The Chicken-Free Chicken has the appearance of skin-on chicken breast and is moist and flavorful. It is ready to serve, so it can be sliced and used cold on entrée salads, in sandwiches, wraps, and burritos, or made into a chicken salad with vegan mayonnaise. Heated, it can be served on its own, as an entrée, or incorporated into grilled sandwiches, hearty soups, entrée creations such as Chicken-Free Kiev or Cacciatore (layered with marinara sauce, vegan soy cheese, and fresh herbs). The Caraway Jack and Nacho vegan cheese melt well and can be used in melted or grilled sandwiches, in quesadillas or breakfast scrambles, or used cold on appetizer trays or in salads. Recipes are available from the company. Contact Follow Yo ur Heart, PO Box 9400, Canoga Park, CA 911309-0440, call (818) 347-9946, or visit the company’s website www.imearthkind.com.
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