One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

GROWING WAISTLINE ALERT!!! You're about to eat a tub of cookie dough

The Whole Foods in my neighborhood is like Costco on Sunday's. If you've never been to a Costco on a Sunday afternoon it is aisle after aisle after aisle of free samples. My Whole Foods is like this at least 3 days out of any given week. Heck, they even used to have a DJ on Saturday's to really get the food party going. I don't allow my daughter to have many sweets. A cookie a quarter and cupcakes on birthday's only is pretty much how we roll - yep, I'm the sugar police. So I slyly tried Eat Pastry's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough (baked into delicious cookies of course) while she nibbled on some watermelon and grapes. Ahhh fruit, nature's candy.

As soon as the cookie hit my lips I said "Oh no, this is too dangerous." I knew if I were to buy this tub of cookie dough that within minutes it would be deep in my stomach and I would have no regrets about it. These cookies are made in a dedicated Vegan Facility and are made of really wholesome ingredients. They had my heart when I turned over to look at the ingredients and I saw they use Earth Balance Margarine in their dough - oh how I love Earth Balance! Eat Pastry's flavor options include the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie (which I ended up buying and eating all of), Chocolate Chip (regular, gluten free and double chocolate), Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles, and Gluten Free Sugar Momma's. When my sweet little girl asked nicely for a bite of one of my cookies as I binged out on 6 while hiding in a closet so she wouldn't see me (yes, I'm a closet cookie eater, literally) I bent the rules a little and let her try one little bite. Of course, she loved it, it's a cookie isn't it?

This Week's Rating 

Scale of 1-4 Dancing Guinea Pigs 1 meaning it is destined for the compost bin and 4 meaning it is destined for greatness

Vegan Guinea Pig gives these cookies 4 out of 4 Dancing Guinea Pigs

Lil' Guinea Pig gives it 4 out of 4 Dancing Guinea Pigs

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Times They Are A Changin'...

When I started this blog I was a single gal with a coupe dogs, a couple goats and a new cookbook on the horizon. Since then my life has changed immensely! I have three cookbooks under my belt, got my Master's in Nutrition, am now a registered dietitian and lactation consultant but most importantly I'm now a mother to a happy, energetic, opinionated little vegan girl. As I sat and discussed the presence of Umami in a smoky BBQ chia seed crisp I was sharing with my nearly 2 year old daughter I thought to myself. "If she has an opinion on umami then surely she's got what it takes to judge the good, the bad and the ugly of all that is vegan!" After all, unlike me, she's been vegan all her life (even if that life is only 22 months old).

So, I'm changing the ways things are done around here. The first change you'll notice is a rating scale at the beginning of each post. I'll be using a 1 to 4 rating scale with 1 meaning it is destined for the compost bin and 4 meaning it is destined for greatness! I'll weighing in with my rating, then my daughter (Lil' Guinea Pig) will weigh in with her rating and from time to time our special guest omnivore, my fiance, will weigh in with his rating we'll call him. Along with the ratings you'll still get the thought out and through reviews you are used to from yours truly.

Thank you all for taking this journey with me! I love writing this blog, and even though life sometimes takes me away from it from time to time I'll always come back because I love to share all the new vegan goodness out there! Happy cooking!

The Vegan Guinea Pig
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