Is assembling food the same thing as cooking? I think so! I discovered 2 great versatile vegan products that just wanted to be together on my plate. There are tons of ways to use both but this is my mash-up…
The first product, Coco Lite Pop Cakes, are vegan, super light and airy, have almost no calories and are a bit wider than a burger bun. My Whole Foods store carried them in 4 flavors: whole wheat, multigrain, maui onion and blueberry cinnamon. Apparently, they are made right there in the store in a machine similar looking to a cotton candy machine and when those cakes are popping out, it’s quite entertaining to watch (according to the cashier). I’ll have to go back for the show but I bought all 4 flavors for tasting—they are all mildly different. If you’ve never seen these, they are really a food about nothing—like crunchy air— but they are the great vehicle on which you can put everything! I used the multigrain as my raft and floated it on a simple salad. I spread some Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde (green salsa) on top.
The second product—Gardenburger Malibu Vegan Burger—was a surprising vegan discovery at my Costco. I’m not sure why they are called “Malibu” except that the packaging is no doubt trying to evoke a beach bungalow feeling. But since I live near Malibu and I am the West Coast viewpoint of Vegan American Princess, how perfect to use these? Los Angeles is definitely obsessed with burgers so these may be a new answer to the vegan burger question! After microwaving one according to the directions, I stacked it on the Coco Lite Pop Cake and spread some guacamole on top. I added some tomatoes and garnished with cilantro and it was delicious, vegan and so simple.
On the back of the box of the burgers, an interesting recipe for Spicy Mango Stir-Fry looks like a good way to use strips made from the burgers. I’m definitely going to try this one. An East Coast product that is similar to Coco Lite Pop Cakes are Magic Pop Cakes. My mom on Long Island keeps an inventory of various flavors of these and uses them in so many different ways!
Have fun and enjoy!