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Trader Joe’s Vegetable Panang Curry

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Trader Joe’s has really been working on their vegan options, and they are adding to them all the time.  In fact, just the other day I saw shredded vegan cheese in the refrigerated section.  I don’t often leave work for lunch, but there are those days when I’m running late and can’t make one ahead of time.  There aren’t a lot of vegan meal options near my job, so I get really sick of Robek’s and Subway.  Trader Joe’s has become my go-to because I can buy a variety of prepared meals there and it doesn’t get old.

Anyway, I recently tried Trader Joe’s Vegetable Panang Curry and found it satisfying, but not spicy enough.  I don’t think that’s the fault of Trader Joe’s, I think that I just like my curry hot.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Panang Curry | A Vegan in Progress

It comes with the rice and the curry in separate compartments, which is really awkward if you don’t have bowls in your desk and you have to try to scoop the vegetables into the rice compartment after cooking.  For the record, I usually have bowls, but we recently took them camping to be used for cereal and haven’t brought them back to work yet.

Trader Joe's Vegetable Panang Curry | A Vegan in Progress

I’m sure I will purchase this again, just for variety’s sake, but I have other Trader Joe’s favoritesl

Vegan Recipe – Soyaki Sliders

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Well, I kind of stole this recipe from my mom.  As you may remember from previous posts, my mom’s meatless meatball sliders are pretty famous with our friends and family.  They are great little bites of party food and pretty simple to make.  I will post her recipe one of these days, but for now, here’s my quick version.

Soyaki Sliders | A Vegan in Progress


All ingredients can be purchased at Trader Joe’s, making this a one stop shopping trip.

soyaki sliders | A Vegan in Progress

  • Bag of Mini Sesame Seed Buns
  • Bottle of Soyaki sauce
  • Bag of frozen Meatless Meatballs (these meatballs are great for anything, including smushing and using as meatless ground beef, because they are so soft)


  • Put the meatballs on a plate and microwave for one minute.
  • Put the, now mostly warm, meatballs in a small saucepan.  Add enough Soyaki to coat the meatballs thoroughly.  The ton of sesame seeds in the Soyaki sauce add a great texture.
  • Simmer the meatballs for 5-10 minutes until warm all the way through.
  • Place one or two meatballs on each slider bun and enjoy!