by Kelly Behr
Although I was unable to attend the 2014 Natural Products Expo in Anaheim I got a glimpse of some of the rad new vegan products from some dedicated instagrammers who were fortunate enough to attend.
Gardein introduced some new "seafood" and also some gluten free options of some of their meat substitute products. It seemed the fish samples were served from a real deep fryer and got good reviews. Are these the fish sticks of the future? I hear fish tacos calling my name!
Native Foods uses this image courtesy of gardein.com.
Phoney Baloney was also there with some new flavors of their coconut bacon. I just learned about coconut bacon a few months ago. Personally, I have never liked bacon or the flavor of it...I know I might be the only member of the bacon hating club! But for those of you vegans who miss bacon in their lives, I hear this is an excellent substitute. Plus the company's name rocks!
Daiya cheese and I have a love/hate relationship. I want to love it so bad! And if used in certain ways I actually do, but I have had so many times where I do not. I have friends that live for Daiya. I have found ways to make mac and cheese that I love so I can never discount it entirely. At the expo Daiya was giving away samples of their "no-bake cheese cake" that had everyone raving. I am definitely willing to give this a try! The recipe can be found here.
I, like most vegans, am always in the market for a good non-dairy cheese. I cannot wait to not only give Parmela a try but also her sauces! Nothing beats a homemade sauce unless you find yourself short on time. Once I get my hands on these I will give you a full report.
And this last one I included because I mainly just found it funny and awesome. Beyond Meat set up their own "Taco Bell" booth for serving their products at the expo. A+ for creativity!