Veggie scramble, roasted potatoes and toast, anyone? This new plant-based egg is a game changer. I recently found it on the shelves of Vegan Haven in Seattle, but it’s hitting the market hard and branching out to grocery stores near you! (You can even find it on Amazon.com if it's not in your local grocery store.) The VeganEgg is made by a company named Follow Your Heart, with ingredients mostly of algae with a touch of nutritional yeast. It comes in the form of a yellow powder with instructions to scoop two tablespoons into a bowl, add half a cup of cold water, whisk and scramble. It takes a little longer to scramble than your standard chicken egg, but the benefits are worth the wait. Plus, you can use it almost any way you would use an egg - such as baking. So far I have enjoyed it in sandwich form, veggie scramble, French toast, chocolate chip peanut butter cookies and cornmeal pancakes!
In other news, a plant-based mayonnaise replacement called Just Mayo is on shelves and approved after a long legal battle with the Egg Board and Hellman’s Mayonnaise company. Hampton Creek, the company behind Just Mayo, was accused of ‘misleading labeling’ due to the implications of 'mayonnaise', technically defined, containing eggs. After some label changing which included making the words “egg free” larger, and the picture of an egg with a pea shoot sprouting from it smaller, the FDA ruled against the egg board and Hellman’s defensive tactics and approved the new labeling of the product. It’s a great cholesterol and saturated fat-free replacement for your standard mayonnaise. You can find this product being used at Seven Eleven convenience stores and sold at Walmart, the Dollar Store, Fred Meyer and more!
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