Three New Items. Two Vegetarian, One Not. Two Delicious, One Not.

I can’t wait until I can get a haircut. I want one so badly.

In other news… even in a pandemic, I’m finding new-to-me products that pique my curiosity. I don’t go out of my way to explore and find new items in the supermarket, but if I happen to see something I’ve never seen before (typically in endcap displays or near items I buy regularly), chances are I’ll buy it and bring it home. Wanna read about my latest new-to-me purchases?

Sweet Earth Veggie Burgers. I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but I enjoy eating meat alternatives. Because the meteoric rise of plant-based ground meat that’s designed to more closely resemble beef (like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat), it’s been a minute since I’ve eaten an old-fashioned veggie burger – one made with chunks of beans and vegetables.

I saw these Sweet Earth veggie burgers in the refrigerated case, near the eggs and cheese. These are made from a bunch of different grains, like quinoa, barley, and brown rice, as well as sweet potatoes, black beans (the first ingredient listed), and carrots.

There’s only two burgers in a package, so you gotta buy a few to feed a crowd, but they’re pretty good – dense and satisfying. Plus, they have grill marks, which is a nice touch! I heated mine in a skillet, per the instructions, and ate it over a warm salad of sautéed onions, peppers, and greens, with some Caesar dressing and a little shredded cheese.

I’ll go ahead and file Sweet Earth veggie burgers in the “I’d buy again” column.

Realgood Raw Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken. There was a big display of these in a freezer case at the store, so I bought them for me and my folks to have for dinner one night. These are perfect for low-carb, high protein enthusiasts, because they check both those boxes (3 grams of carbs, 32 grams of protein.)

But, like a lot of processed, frozen food, they are high in sodium (1000mg!), and they’re also high in saturated fat (13 grams), but the calorie count (380) isn’t terrible for a dinner entree.

It’s raw chicken, with a spicy pepper jack cheese in the middle, that’s encased in a Parmesan crust and wrapped in bacon. They really emphasize the ‘raw’ part on the box, and I’m not exactly sure why, since it’s eaten cooked, after going into an oven for 40 minutes.

It was delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like after I cut into it. But here it is cooked, with some broccoli tots on the side.

I’ll file this one as “delicious but only purchase occasionally.”

Primal Spirit vegan jerky. Lastly, I saw vegan jerky at the store, and my ears perked way up, like Scooby Doo. I love jerky! I try new flavors and brands all the time, so I was intrigued about a vegan version.

This item, my friends, is a hard pass. Resist the urge to try it, because it’s awful. Just avoid it. It’s slimy and gelatinous, and tastes like a savory fruit leather product that’s been left out in the sun too long.

Hey. I can’t be expected to like everything, and coming across an unpleasant product is just part of the process. I love my adventurous spirit – it keeps my meals fresh and different, makes grocery shopping exciting, and as long as I’m smart about the choices I make, it keeps me healthy, too!

Keep it up, David!


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8 Responses to Three New Items. Two Vegetarian, One Not. Two Delicious, One Not.

  1. Thank you for sharing! I like some of the veggie options but others make me gag. I cannot do tofu. I have tried so many ways. I guess in Miso soup it is fine…I do make an awesome cauliflower crust for pizza and I don’t even really like cauliflower.

    • David says:

      You’re welcome! And I make an awesome cauliflower crust pizza crust, too – we have so much in common!

      • How do you make your crust?

      • David says:

        Check out my recipe HERE!

      • So mine is almost the same. I only use 1 cup of cauliflower uncooked, a 1/4 cup of cheese and one egg. I will try it with the cooked cauliflower to see if it makes a difference. I’m obviously making smaller crusts and I get 8 or 9 from one head of cauliflower. I usually make two heads, cook the crusts and freeze them. That way it is easy to take out, top, and then cook.

      • David says:

        That’s a great idea, making a bunch and freezing them. Thanks for sharing!

      • Just an aside, I freeze them with parchment between them so they don’t break when you take them out to defrost. I bought those circle parchment papers so they fit nicely and I just use that parchment the first cook and the second.

      • David says:

        Super smart! That’s a great tip. Thanks!

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