I am not a perfect vegan. Just like many other busy people, sometimes I depend on convenience foods to get dinner on the table. I don’t feel guilty (too much) about this, because my motivation to eat a plant based diet is ethical, not for health purposes. That being said, I try to eat mostly whole foods, stay away from over-processed, chemical-laden packaged food. But…
Driving home from work recently, I was feeling pretty tired and drained. The time change, combined with a busy weekend, left me low on energy. Since I tend to do my dinner planning on the drive home, I decided to stop by Ralphs and pick up some vegan chick’n fillets. I envisioned serving them with a mushroom gravy and Brussels sprouts.
As I was grabbing the package out of the freezer, I happened to notice some packaged food that I’d never seen before. It was a brand called Simple Truth and they offered a variety of meat free choices (see the picture below). There was no “V” for vegan on the package, but a quick look at the ingredients indicated that they were definitely animal product free.
When I pulled out a package to check the ingredients, I got an even bigger surprise when I saw the Kroger label. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that a mainstream grocery chain like Kroger, which operates the Ralphs supermarkets in my area, plus Smiths, Baker’s, City Market, and many others, is selling what is basically a generic version of vegan convenience food.
From the Simple Truth website:
Ironically, I couldn’t find any of the vegan food listed on the web page. They must be really new.
So, loaded with my Simple Truth purchases, I changed my meal plan. Well, almost the same, but this meal was total comfort/diner food. I used the Simple Truth Crispy Patties, grilled them on the stove top, then made a mushroom gravy. If a 50s-style diner served vegan food alongside their meatloaf, this would have fit perfectly on the menu. Crispy “chicken,” served with the baked potato and mushroom gravy. Very tasty.
Just to show that there is no limit to my
laziness creativity curiosity interest in new and amusing foods, I also found a new Gardein item, Meatless Sliders. I’ve never had a “Meat” slider, but I thought these sounded kind of fun. I haven’t tried them yet, but I suspect I may have a new addition to my standard “football fare.”
Okay, so I’m not a perfect vegan or perfect “clean” eater, but overall I eat pretty healthfully, harm no animals, and certainly enjoy my food.
How about you? Do you give in to “tired mom syndrome” or “working woman condition” from time to time? What is your favorite “easy” food?