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This just in… some Girl Scout Cookies are Vegan!

Every once in a while, I go to my wordpress reader and click on Vegan under “explore topics” so I can find new cool blogs to follow.  Today I came across this post from Insufferable Vegan that says that some Girl Scout cookies are vegan.  I’m a former Girl Scout, so I like to support the girls by buying at least a box per year.  I am thrilled to read that some are vegan because I love Tagalongs, my sister loves Thin Mints and I just figured we would never get to have them again.  According to the Girl Scouts website, there are only two bakers that make Girl Scout cookies… ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.

ABC Bakers says right on their website that their Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties (aka Tagalongs), Lemonades, and Thanks-A-Lot are vegan.

Little Brownie Bakers do not produce vegan cookies.  The problem for me is that the Los Angeles Girl Scouts Council buys their cookies from Little Brownie Bakers as does the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Council that serves Ventura County and Santa Barbara County.  However, the Girl Scouts of Orange County Council buys their cookies from ABC Bakers.  If I’m in the area during cookie season, I’ll be on the lookout!

Check the link to the Insufferable Vegan post for more on how to find out for your area.  Based on their websites, I have compiled a list of hints as to which bakery made the cookies in case you’re not sure for your area and you happen to see a booth and need the info immediately.

  • Tagalongs will be called “Peanut Butter Patties,” Samoas will be called “Caramel deLites,” Do-Si-Dos will be called “Peanut Butter Sandwich”, and Trefoils will be called “Shortbread” so if you see those on the table, you know that their cookies come from ABC Bakers.
  • Thanks-A-Lot cookies (the ones that read “Thank You” on the actual cookie), Lemonade, and Mango Creme cookies are only sold by ABC Bakers.
  • If you see Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche, or Thank You Berry Munch cookies, their cookies are supplied by Little Brownie Bakers and therefore, none of them are vegan.

If you live near Orange County, you can check out ABC Bakers’ Booth Locator to find scheduled cookie booths throughout the season.

Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips

Truly healthy meat replacements are mushrooms, eggplant, and beans.

However, sometimes, you just want something that reminds you of what you used to eat.  Tofu, seitan, and tempeh are common and tasty meat replacements, that don’t resemble meat on their own, but do the trick in certain recipes.

There’s a relatively new product on the market that very closely resembles its meat counterpart, but is completely cruelty-free.  It’s called Beyond Meat.  For now, they just offer chicken-free strips, but I’m sure they are looking to expand into other products.

It isn’t widely available, but they did start offering it in the LA market a few months ago.  In this area, you can only find it at Whole Foods, and only in the prepared foods section.

A while back, I cooked some brown rice and veggies and tossed in the Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips in sesame sauce to make a heavenly rice bowl.

Beyond Meat Chicken Free Strips | A Vegan in Progress

Looks just like chicken!

According to their website, the ingredients are: Water, Soy Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Isolate, Amaranth, Natural Vegan Chicken Flavor (Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavoring), Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Dipotassium Phosphate, Titanium Dioxide, White Vinegar

I love the product, I would just prefer to buy it plain, so that I could flavor it however I liked.  As of yet, I have only had the opportunity to try the sesame chicken recipe from our nearby Whole Foods, so that limits the options quite a bit.  Their website says that they will have retail packages available in stores in 2013.

Try it when it comes to your area!  Check out a list of the stores that carry it so far.

Dual Dining – Burgers

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Eric and I had a super easy dinner of burgers and veggies one night last week.  He had a turkey burger and I tried out a Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle patty.

Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Vegan Patties | A Vegan in Progress

Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Vegan Patties

I topped it with a little buffalo sauce and it was spicy and tasty.  I think next time, though, I will attempt a vegan patty recipe myself.

Overall it was a simple, very quick dinner that satisfied us both.