Gardein Vegan Crispy Tenders And Mashed Cauliflower
Lunch today was a little remix of last night’s fajitas, which looked something more like bowl o’ nachos. I topped off a few smashed tortilla chips with black beans and rice, smashed pintos, sautéed onions and peppers, and a little melted Daiya. Sounds like a tasty mess, right? I was originally going to make taco salads, but when I realized I was out of romaine that didn’t stop me from using the fajita leftovers.
Over the weekend, I picked up a bag of Gardein Crispy Tenders. I’ve heard from a lot of lovely vegan bloggers that these are phenomenal, and I’m willing to try any raved-about vegan food at least once. Plus, I’ve never tried anything from Gardein that wasn’t amazing so I trust their products. These tenders are crispy, delicious, and would be absolutely perfect for stunning your meat-eating friends. For some reason, my little man wouldn’t touch them, but I’m fairly positive these would be perfect for kids that haven’t been raised veg as an alternative to those nasty nuggets (and I’m pretty sure if he would have taken a bite he would have liked them).
We dipped our nuggets in Trader Joe’s natural barbecue sauce, and to go with them I reheated the rest of the leftover beans and rice. I also made a cauliflower mash by steaming cauliflower until soft and then mashing it with a little vegan butter, sea salt, black pepper, basil, and rosemary. I’m not trying to replace the potato or lower my carb intake by mashing cauliflower, but rather try something different. I’ll always be a potato girl! And mashed cauliflower is definitely tasty.
I’d highly recommend the Gardein tenders, especially if you know someone who has a little one addicted to fast food nuggets and wants to make a delicious, still convenient change to something far healthier. Speaking of impressing the nonveg crowd, I have a wedding shower for over 30 people to plan food for and I’d love your ideas on what to make to impress. I’ll definitely be breaking out the Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar (little reusable gift bags of cookies as favors) and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World (for the bride’s cake), but what else besides sugary treats? As always, I hope everyone had a great day. I know I say that every day, but I really mean it!