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Food, health and fitness advice while vegan in a sad, S.A.D world.


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Field Roast Hand-Formed Burger Review – Giving Meat Eaters No Excuses – Again!

Gone are the days of cardboard cut-outs and mushy, squishy, fall-apart patties, these burgers are a “meat eater’s delight.” You know what I’m talking about. That’s not to say that those bean burgers and veggie patties aren’t delicious, but in no way do they successfully mimic the real deal in flavor or texture… unlike Field Roast’s Hand-Formed Burgers!

Girl……………. These straight up taste just like a real hamburger! Do you remember those? However, instead of consuming fear, antibiotics and hormones from a decaying animal carcass (sorry for the visual, but it’s so true), you’re sinking your teeth into a juicy, vegan, hand-formed burger.

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This was our 4th of July treat and hot damn they’re amazing! We baked them in our oven and served them al fresco on the patio, while enjoying the warm, summer weather.

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My first impression upon opening the package was of disappointment from the amount of solidified fat surrounding the patties. So, I took a towel and cleaned off the excess gunk, similar to the effect of towelling off a slice of pizza… Hey, every little bit helps.

These patties are dense, as in they are heavy and hold their shape. We don’t own a grill, so into the oven they went and once heated up they maintained their form even when held up by one end or tugged on; my initial disappointment was beginning to fade. Then came the tasting sample, I bit into that sucker like a caveman. What ensued was a flood of memories and emotions coupled with sheer elation!

“Holy fucking shit! This taste’s like a fucking burger!” I proclaimed while shoving the remainder of the patty into my eager to taste, yet not eager enough to choke, husband’s face. He took the patty from my hand and proceeded to calmly take a bite while giving me his best “I highly doubt that” face. Meanwhile, I was retrieving the packaging from the garbage to inspect the ingredients as disbelief had taken over that what I had just tasted was indeed plant-based and not animal.

“Oh, my God!” I heard my husband moan behind me. “Oh, my God!” I turned to see his eyes rolling into the back of his head the way… well, you know. “Oh, my God!” He scanned the empty kitchen, as if looking for someone to shake and yell “You’ve gotta try these, man!” Unfortunately, we were the only ones standing in the kitchen that afternoon, wide-eyed and dumbfounded by the discovery of the Holy Grail!

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Try them out! They’re hella expensive, but you shouldn’t be eating them on the regs anyways.

Try them!

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Field Roast Deli Slices Review

Well, here I am again with another review on Field Roast products. Yes, they’re super processed, packed with sodium, fat and protein, but they can be so good in calculated moderation. If you haven’t read my review on their sausages, check it out here. This time we’re diving into their deli slices.

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There are three flavors:

  • Wild Mushroom – an earthy combination of Shiitake, Champignon and Porcini mushrooms accented with imported balsamic vinegar. This flavor is the strongest of the three and rather similar to beef. I think it would be great in a Philly Cheese Steak or in a Stroganoff.

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Ingredients: Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, mushrooms, expeller pressed safflower oil, barley malt, naturally flavored yeast extract, irish moss (sea vegetable) extract, balsamic vinegar, shitake mushrooms, onion powder, porcini mushroom powder, yellow pea flour, sea salt and spices.

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  • Smoked Tomato – an exquisite blend of tangy tomatoes, deep, rich smoky notes, hearty red wine and a wonderfully complex mixture of spices. This flavor reminds me of salami and pepperoni (and it’s just as greasy) and would be great for pizzas, paninis and, because of its strong flavors, Ruebens!

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Ingredients: Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, tomato paste, expeller pressed safflower oil, red wine, garlic, barley malt, naturally flavored yeast extract, paprika, granulated garlic, sea salt, lentils, natural liquid smoke, organic wheat flour, irish moss (sea vegetable) extract, spices.

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  • Lentil Sage – seasoned with fresh garlic, zesty lemon juice and pungent rubbed sage. This particular deli slice is much more subtle than the other two, reminiscent of chicken. I think it would make a delicious Saltimbocca sandwich or tossed into a pasta dish.

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Ingredients: Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil, barley malt, naturally flavored yeast extract, garlic, granulated garlic, onion powder, carrots, lentils, sea salt, lemon juice, irish moss (sea vegetable) extract, spices, rubbed sage.

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What I Ate Today – May 28th, 2014

Breakfast:

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Fresh Pineapple Juice: 1.1 liters – 583* calories

Mangoes: 8 oz – 136.08* calories

Total Breakfast Calories: 719.08*

Lunch:

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Dried Mission Figs: 10 oz – 705.9* calories

Total Lunch Calories: 705.9*

Dinner:

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Steamed Basmati Rice: 12 oz – 442.25* calories

Boiled Potatoes: 12 oz – 258.55* calories

Field Roast Sausage – Italian: 1/2 serving – 120* calories

Steamed Organic Corn: 3 oz – 73.14* calories

Spring Mix: 3 oz – 20.01* calories

Four Seasons Gourmet Fresh Green Sriracha: 2 Tbsp – 30* calories

Total Dinner Calories: 943.95*

Total Breakdown:

Calories: 2368.93*

Carbs 88.6%* : Protein 7%* : Fats 4.4%*

* All caloric quantities are calculated on Cronometer


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What I Ate Today – May 26th, 2014

Breakfast:

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Fresh Pineapple Juice: 1.1 liters – 583* calories

Fresh Orange Juice: 0.7 liters – 315* calories

Total Breakfast Calories: 898*

Lunch:

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Champagne Mangoes: 2 lbs 4 oz – 612.35* calories

Total Lunch Calories: 612.35*

Dinner:

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Steamed Jasmine Rice: 12 oz – 442.25* calories

Boiled Potatoes: 12 oz – 258.55* calories

Field Roast Sausage – Smoked Apple Sage: 1/2 serving – 120* calories

Steamed Organic Corn: 2.5 oz – 60.95* calories

Earth & Vine Papaya Chili Pineapple Sauce: 1 Tbs – 23* calories

Chili Flakes: 1 Tsp – 0* calories

Total Dinner Calories: 904.75*

Total Breakdown:

Calories: 2415.1*

Carbs 88.3%* : Protein 6.9%* : Fats 4.9%*

* All caloric quantities are calculated on Cronometer


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What I Ate Today – May 24th, 2014

Breakfast:

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Orange Juice: 4 cups – 446.4* calories

Watermelon: 40.5 oz – 344.45* calories

Total Breakfast Calories: 790.85*

Lunch:

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Red Grapes: 28.5 oz – 557.49* calories

Total Lunch Calories: 557.49*

Dinner:

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My husband and I decided to get all dressed up and have a romantic dinner on the porch for dinner. I made a garlic spear soup, a roasted vegetable salad with a lemon herb dressing and quinoa penne pasta with my bolognese sauce (recipe here).

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This didn’t turn out as nicely as I wanted it to, but it was edible nonetheless.

Garlic Spear Soup: 2 cups – 204.73* calories

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I ended up not eating the roasted garlic spears because they were a bit too spicy for me. I’m sure I’ll make something out of them soon enough.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper: 3 0z –  23.81* calories

Roasted Eggplant: 10 oz – 99.22* calories

Roasted Zucchini: 5 oz – 21.26* calories

Roasted Asparagus: 6.5 oz – 40.54* calories

Lemon: 1 each – 10.56* calories

Garlic: 1 clove – 4.47* calories

Parsley:1/4 cup – 5.4* calories

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Ancient Harvest Supergrain Penne Pasta: 8 0z – 820* calories

a RAWky road Bolognese Sauce: 1/2 recipe – 333.21* calories

Total Dinner Calories: 1563.2*

Total Breakdown:

Calories: 2911.54*

Carbs 83.5%* : Protein 8.7%* : Fats 7.8%*

* All caloric quantities are calculated on Cronometer


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What I Ate Today – May 21st, 2014

Breakfast:

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Fresh Grapefruit Juice: 4 cups – 385.32* calories

Cherries: 1 lb – 285.76* calories

Total Breakfast Calories: 671.08*

Lunch:

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Watermelon: 46 oz – 391.22* calories

Grapes: 10.5 oz – 205.39* calories

Total Lunch Calories: 596.61*

Dinner:

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Steamed Jasmine Rice: 12 oz – 442.25* calories

Boiled Potatoes: 12 oz – 258.55* calories

Field Roast Sausage – Mexican Chipotle: 1/2 serving – 120* calories

Pureed Orange Bell Pepper: 2 oz – 15.3* calories

Cilantro: 0.25 oz – 1.65* calories

Total Dinner Calories: 842.4*

Total Breakdown:

Calories: 2110.09*

Carbs 87%* : Protein 8%* : Fats 5%*

* All caloric quantities are calculated on Cronometer


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What I Ate Today – May 19th, 2014

Breakfast:

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Fresh Pineapple Juice: 6 cups – 795.0* calories

Total Breakfast Calories: 795.0*

Lunch:

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Fresh Grape Juice: 4 cups – 607.21* calories

Total Lunch Calories: 607.21*

Dinner:

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Water: 4 cups – 0* calories

Steamed Jasmine Rice: 12 oz – 442.25* calories

Boiled Potatoes: 12 oz – 258.55* calories

Field Roast Sausage – Smoked Apple Sage: 1/2 serving – 120* calories

Steamed Asparagus: 5 oz – 31.2* calories

Fresh Tomato: 8 oz – 40.8* calories

Pureed Yellow Bell Pepper: 2 oz – 15.3* calories

Cilantro: 0.5 oz – 3.3* calories

Lime: 1/2 each – 5.5* calories

Total Dinner Calories: 916.9*

Total Breakdown:

Calories: 2319.11*

Carbs 90%* : Protein 6%* : Fats 4%%*

* All caloric quantities are calculated on Cronometer