Vegetarian Product Newsflash!

Saturday, May 28th, 2005 | Food

Fellow veggie friends, I’ve just discovered a new product at Trader Joe’s that I’m crazy about: Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs. I love meatballs, on anything that needs crowning by such little balls of pleasure, but since I’ve been avoiding eating sentient things larger than a bivalve, I’ve been exploring all of the fake meat products out there, and things have picked up since my last venture into pseudo-vegetarianism and these meatballs are pretty good. I made a marinara the other day and popped a package of the pre-cooked balls into the sauce at the tail end, simmering for about 10 minutes, and they infused the sauce with a rich grilled essence, and picked up the herbs in my sauce while still retaining a fluffy meat-like integrity. The only hippie thing about them is that they have a slight cardomom-y aftertaste, but the texture is wonderful, the flavor pretty good, and only 1g of fat per meatball! And $3.99 for a package of about 36 meatballs!

Now veggie burgers are a different story, and I’ve been a bit disappointed by what I’ve sampled thus far, relying on vast quantities of ketchup to provide a modicum of flavor. Any recommendations?

I need to get my pie out of the oven and get on up to Dean and Doug’s, so have a nice weekend everybody and throw some fake animal products on the grill!

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