Trader Joe’s is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you gonna find there…

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Look closely…it’s VEGAN!!!!!  Cool!  Could this be good?

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Open the box and you find out the meat of it (is that even a pun when there’s no real meat?) isn’t that much (it’s the ball on the right)!

I added tomatoes and onions to the included baste.  Bake 75 mins 350 degrees.

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Out it comes….hmm..

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Looks kinda bland huh!  Let’s get a glamor shot:

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Hungry Cactus’ final verdict: C+

While a good attempt, I can imagine how hard it is to make vegan turkey taste like the real McCoy.  I could still taste the bland tofu base under the overly salty baste.  The texture was also a bit too chewy — halfway between Asian fishball and firm tofu.  Doesn’t sound too appetizing huh?

However, one thing I did learn today — there is a very wide gap between vegan and non-vegan cuisine…to land anywhere in between is utterly futile!!!

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…and here’s a blooper shot 🙂

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Categories: food