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Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update
Healthy Tips and Recipes for Institutions

Volume V, Number 3   Summer 1997  

VEGAN PRODUCTS AVAILABLE IN INSTITUTIONAL SIZES

Organic Pickles, Vegetables, and French Fries
Cascadian Farm, 719 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284; (360) 855-0100 offers many organic products for foodservice. Some newer items include Kosher Dill Spears and Low Sodium Spicy Kosher Dills. They are packed as four 1 gallon jars per case. Cascadian Farm supplies organic frozen vegetables including green beans, diced carrots, sweet corn, and peas in cases containing six 5 pounds bags. Chopped spinach comes in cases containing twelve 3 pound containers. Cascadian Farm also supplies organic Oven Brown French Fries in cases of six 4 pound bags. In addition, you can purchase 40 pound bags of organic dry potato flakes.

Herbs, Spices, and More
San Francisco Herb Co., 250 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103; (800) 227-4530 or (415) 861-7174 offers a wide range of herbs and spices in bulk. They also have shelled nuts and seeds, herbal teas, imitation soy "bacon" bits, carob powder, arrowroot powder, lemon and orange peel granules, plus more. Call for a complete catalog.

Vegan Entrees and Soy Milk Maker
Dixie USA, Inc., PO Box 55549, Houston, TX 77255 (800) 233-3668 offers many items to prepare vegan entrees including Beef (Not!)™, Chicken (Not!)™, and Turkey (Not!)™ all of which are meat replacers in recipes. These items come in 50 pound bags of dry product and each pound dry yields 3.92 pounds rehydrated. Thus, a 50 pound bag yields about 450 servings. Dixie USA also offers CremeIt™ Tofu Powder, a soy milk maker for drinks, puddings, baking, etc. This item comes in a 25 pound bag which equals 1,500 servings. They also have 25 pound bags of soy defatted flour to use in baking.

Vegan Meat Alternatives
Lightlife Foods, Inc., PO Box 870, Greenfield, MA 01302; (413) 774-6001 continues to offer a wide range of delicious meat alternatives suitable for foodservice settings. Their Smart Dogs come in cases containing 3 packages of 32 dogs (for a total of 96). Smart Dogs are pre-cooked and simply need to be warmed in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. These veggie dogs should be served in a chafing dish containing warm water.

Lightlife also offers a wide variety of veggie hamburgers including their soy-based Lightburger which come in cases containing 3 packages of 16 hamburgers (for a total of 48). Lightburgers should be pan-fried in oil for 2 minutes per side, until brown. You can also heat the burgers on high for 60 seconds per burger in a microwave, or grill, broil, or bake until hot.

Lightlife offers Grilles Tamari and Barbecue tempeh burgers. Cases contain 3 packages of 18 (for a total of 54 burgers). Both products can be fried in a lightly oiled pan for 2 minutes on each side or grilled.

Chia’s Classic Chili comes in cases containing 4 five pound containers (totaling 20 pounds). You simply heat this product and serve as you would a meat-based chili. This product is delicious served over Lightlife’s Smart Dogs.

Lightlife’s Lean Links Italian are terrific served on a roll with peppers and onions for lunch or tossed with pasta and marinara sauce for dinner. This product comes in cases containing 3 packages of 35 links (totaling 108). Lean Links Italian can be heated on an oiled griddle for 6-8 minutes, turning frequently or microwaved 1 minute per 2 links.

Smart Deli Slices Turkey come in cases of 3 packages that are 4 pounds each. Smart slices can be served like traditional cold cuts. Portion sizes are 3 slices. Traditional Seitan comes in cases of four 2.5 pound packages. Seitan can be used in place of meat in many recipes including stir-fries, kabobs, stews, sandwiches, and more. The seitan can be pan fried, microwaved, or grilled.

Lightlife’s Gimme Lean Beef product comes in cases containing 3 packages weighing 4 pounds each. Use as you would ground beef to make meatballs, burgers, meat loaf, pizza topping, casseroles, and more. To use this product, you simply form into patties or make "crumbles" by chopping with a spatula while cooking. Brown Gimme Lean Beef in oil for 3-5 minutes. Several of Lightlife’s products are fat-free. Contact them for further information.

Reference Materials

Food and Beverage Spell Checker
Linda J. Lipsky, owner of Linda Lipsky Restaurant Consultants, Inc., has created a comprehensive food and beverage spell checker that will eliminate spelling mistakes. The official Food & Beverage Spell Checker is compatible with WordPerfect 6.1 and 7.0 for Windows, as well as Microsoft Word 6.0 and 7.0 for Windows. When there are spelling mistakes on a menu, it leaves a bad taste in the customer’s mouth. For more information call (610) 325-3166.

Food Ingredient List
Carmine, cysteine, cane sugar, carrageenan, candelilla wax...What are those ingredients in your food? Which is from animal fat? Which are vegetarian?

Vegetarian Resource Group researcher Jeanne Bartas for the past year has investigated over 200 of those mysterious ingredients on your food labels. Her work has resulted in a helpful 28-page reference guide for you.

What makes this food ingredients dictionary unique is that it lists the commercial source. Though ingredients come from many sources, Ms. Bartas tried to find out which is generally used by food manufacturers.

For a copy of this Food Ingredient List send $4 to Guide to Food Ingredients, VRG, PO Box, 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


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