Vegan Food Swap

Crap. Is August really over? Why does summer go so fast and winter drags on forEVER? I think I was meant to be a California girl. Poor Hubs has to listen to me whine and beg to move to Cali all winter long. One of these days I’ll wear him down and he’ll give in ;)

What did that little rant have to do with this month’s Vegan Food Swap? Not much.

This is my second time participating in the Vegan Food Swap organized by Cat at The Verdant Life. Every month, Cat assigns each participant two names – one to send a package to and one to receive a package from. Spending limit is $20. It’s a great way to ‘meet’ other bloggers, fellow vegans and get introduced to new products. This time, my package of goodies came from Cathrin at From Omi with Love. I forgot to take a photo of my package (oops!) so I put together a collage of product images instead. This is what was in my box…

I know – fun stuff, right?! And it was all new to me! Unfortunately, two of the items weren’t vegan (The Good Bean bar and the Newman’s Own PB Cups both have whole milk powder in them). Confession – I ate the PB Cups anyway. Couldn’t resist. They were divine.

The Mahalo candy bar (vegan AND gluten-free) was awesome. As it should be – it has the same amount of calories and more fat than a Snickers bar! But it was fun to indulge a bit. This is a great example of how vegan does not always mean healthy.

The Orgain nutritional shake was thick and creamy and FILLING. Full of great ingredients and packed with protein. Good stuff.

The Hail Merry almonds (vanilla maple flavor) are very good. Also gluten-free. A perfect sweet/salty snack – and only five simple ingredients. Love that.

Now – the kale chips were another story. I keep seeing recipes for kale chips all over the place. I’ve been tempted to make them because so many people (including Cathrin) seem to love them. How convenient that they would show up in my VFS package this month. I was so excited to taste them! As it turns out – they just aren’t my thing. I think it might have something to do with the flavor of nutritional yeast. This ingredient was also in the disgusting Vegan Mac n Cheese recipe I tried (and hated). Maybe I’ll try making my own kale chips without nutritional yeast. Anyone have a great recipe to share?

Thanks to Cathrin for introducing me to some new vegan (and gluten-free!) products. Click here if you are interested in participating in next month’s swap.

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7 thoughts on “Vegan Food Swap”

  1. Hi Livvy:

    I have made Kale Chips before using a similar recipe to this: (I didn’t use the vinegar as I don’t like vinegar)


    1 bunch kale, torn into 1/2″ pieces
    3 tbs organic olive oil
    1 tbs white wine vinegar
    2 tsp sea salt


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash kale, and toss it in oil and vinegar until thoroughly coated.
    2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Place kale on sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.
    3. Bake for 15 minutes or so, until crispy.

    It was quite good and almost really tasted like chips! I would do again, with less salt, but they do bake quickly!

    As for Nutritional yeast, I do use that a lot. Some people say it is a substitute for cheese, and that may be what the other recipes were using it for. I don’t think it works best that way, but I do like it in other recipes. If interested in trying again, I will be happy to share. One of our favorites is Scrambled Tofu. It makes great breakfast burritos!

    Thanks for continuing to share your good and bad finds!


  2. Thanks for participating in the swap! You’re right, kale chips aren’t for everyone, but at least you had a lot of other great goodies to enjoy!


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