Posted in Boca Meatless Veggie Protein (KRAFT-HEINZ)

BOCA ORIGINAL CHIK’N VEGGIE NUGGETS

According to the instructions on the box, it’s best to bake these chik’n nuggets in the oven from their frozen state. So that’s what we did. The suggested timing was 10-12 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven.

At 12 minutes I removed one nugget and it wasn’t nearly cooked enough. The breading was super soft and the internal part of the plant meat was too soft as well. The breading was also crumbly, like it wasn’t totally sticking to the plant meat.

Rather than give up and give them all to the dog – I’m sure Lilly would have loved that – I put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

The extra baking time made all the difference. The coating, while still not as crispy as it should be for a nugget, was firm and hardened enough where we could enjoy eating them. The plant meat itself with five additional baking minutes actually tasted like chicken, whereas with the recommended baking time it didn’t taste like anything. The plant meat texture also improved, where now it textured like a combination of dark and white chicken meat.

I made a quick veggie mayonnaise, dill relish and prepared yellow mustard sauce for dipping. The box contained twelve nuggets, so we each had four. We each could have eaten at least double that, but we enjoyed the snack for what it was – a snack.

My recommendation? Make the coating crisper and the nugget thicker. Next time I’ll pan-fry them just to compare, which means I’ll be buying them again.






 

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Posted in Product Reviews, Products Tried

Lightlife Veggie Deli Slices

Okay, it’s new, it’s different from their other deli slices that have a denser more cohesive texture.

Separating the slices is one of a few obstacles. If you’re in a hurry and want to make a sandwich, you can’t put your thumb under the slice to separate it from the pack. You need a sharp knife and have to gently place it under the edge of the slice and slowly wiggle it like you would do if removing a fragile cookie from a baking sheet. It’s not worth the effort.

The texture is similar to liverwurst or Braunschweiger, creamy but dry, still the creamy carries it. The flavor is sorely lacking.

I would make this a liverwurst type product; make it thicker, more flavorful and a little creamier. You have the components here, you just need to rework them.

More mustard, sage, garlic, black pepper, rosemary, and instead of kale and red pepper, use eggplant. Or use all of the above and add the eggplant – skin and all.

I wasted 2 slices by ripping them, you will do the same. Maybe wet a sharp knife under hot water first, or maybe the manufacturer should place a square of deli paper between each slice. I won’t buy either one again till improvements are made.

Still, I made a sandwich and enjoyed it. The Tofutti mozzarella singles stole the sandwich and Tofutti cheese is bland, so that tells you something.

The nutritional stats are good. You’ve got something good going here. It needs some work. Thank you for that effort.







 

Posted in Hey

The CANNIBALIZING FACTOR – Animal vs Plant

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THE CANNIBALIZING FACTOR

When you cannibalize an animal you signal to your body-brain impending death, causing your body-brain to go into a fat-producing and fat-conserving mode, slowing all your bodily functions as a means to preserve and extend your life span. This is not the same as a slowed metabolic rate, such as inducing sleep to conserve energy.

Cannibalizing is regarded as a survival tool – short term. Eating another human (or essentially yourself)  –  (or by extension any other animal with similar characteristics and systems) is by nature an act of desperation and annihilation.

Keep cannibalizing and you become morbidly obese by assaulting your body systems with your own flesh and blood leading ultimately to death.

Animal-eating people traditionally have eaten animal products at every meal, in most snacks, most beverages and almost all desserts. By doing so, you put yourself at risk for early extinction from morbid obesity and obesity related diseases.

Even in absence of obesity, diseases of the circulatory system associated with eating too much protein and fats can cause damage to all organs from the accumulation of harmful fatty, calcium and plaque deposits in the network of arteries and blood vessels that act as the vehicle to feed all of the tissues in your organs, including nerves responsible for transmitting electrical signals communicating with the brain and other parts of the body.

The same may be said for plant foods that closely mimic the taste, texture and composition of an animal. You may be protecting the animal by banning their enslavement, torture and slaughter, but are you protecting yourself from the Cannibalizing Factor?

If you’re loading yourself up with plant fats and protein at every meal, in most snacks, most beverages and almost all desserts, then your brain still thinks you’re cannibalizing and acts accordingly.

Until your body-brain actually knows that you are eating plants when you consume veggie meats and cheeses, avoid consuming them every time you eat, like you used to do with the animal.

When you replace animal meats with plants and/or animal-free meats, it might also be best not to match the protein consumption. Keep it lower than you were accustomed to eating when you ate animals.

Do the same for the fat. Keep it significantly lower than the amount of animal fat you ate prior to giving up eating animals. By how much? Low enough so that your brain recognizes the change.

If you reduce your fat and protein intake for a while, then revert back to eating lots of  fat and protein, your brain’s muscle memory may think you’ve returned to eating yourself again, and will slow all functions, which harms all functions if done long term.