Tastebud Satisfaction: Amy’s Macaroni & Soy Cheeze

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Finally. Love at first bite. With fake cheese, no less!

Amy’s Macaroni & Soy Cheeze, made with organic pasta, cholesterol free and lactose free, is the best brand I’ve found yet for that almost-the-real-thing taste I’ve been craving.  Thick, deliciously gooey cheeze liberally covers generously-sized noodles, and if you heat it up just a little bit more than the directions, you get that wonderfully crisped taste along the edges.

It does have caseinate in it, so die-hard macrobiotics should avoid it. The reason I chose it over its non-caseinate, perfectly friendly rice pasta mac & fake cheese neighbors in the freezer was because I am sick of non-caseinate rice pasta attempt that taste like warmed-over pressed cardboard.

And yes, I can make my own with meltable fake cheese and a package of organic noodles; I can also try to get enough sleep and still do all the things I want during the work week. Ah, ideals.

I can’t say enough about how marvelous this tasted. I know I’d found a good enough substitute prior to this, and I’m certainly not knocking that, but this not only almost tastes like the real thing, it actually looks like the real thing.

Note: Contains wheat and soy. And here’s a little more about caseinate.

Tastebud Satisfaction: Nature’s Path Envirokidz Crispy Rice Bars

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There I was at my local Health Hut, all set to check out when the fatal checkout display caught me. Was it the fact that I was fresh out of healthy snack bars for work and these were attractively placed and imminently available? Or was it the limpid-eyed bebeh cheetah?  

The culprit: Nature’s Path Envirokidz Organic Crispy Rice bars. Yes, “Envirokidz.” We’re all kids at heart, aren’t we? Even with the “z”?

I figured anything with this much attention to packaging was worth a shot—okay, I went shopping when I was hungry and the cheetah filled half the box—but of course I checked out the ingredients first. “Studded with freeze-dried blueberries and intense red raspberries,” these gluten free bars had a lot of the sweet stuff, but I decided the full list passed my discerning eye. Did I mention I was hungry?  

Ingredients: Organic brown rice flour, organic brown rice syrup, organic honey, organic soy oil, organic invert cane syrup, organic evaporated cane juice, organic corn starch, organic acacia gum, organic freeze-dried raspberries, organic freeze-dried blueberries, natural marshmallow flavor (gelatin-free), sea salt, organic molasses, natural blueberry flavor.

Now for the important part: The taste! I have a bar a day and I’m enjoying them very much. Small bursts of crispy, fruity, slightly tangy flavor just right for that second breakfast. The bar is soft and comes apart in your mouth, not your hand, and doesn’t leave you with Sticky McStickerson fingers. And it fills me up, which is not that easy to do.

There are other cute animals—er, flavors in the same line that I haven’t yet tried, but Lisa the Health Nut has reviewed the Peanut Choco Drizzle!

Taste Bud Satisfaction: Tofutti Pan Crust Pizza Pizzaz

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Tofutti Pan Crust Pizza Pizzazz: With a name like that, you can’t go wrong, right?

At least that’s what I was hoping, having already suffered through an ill-conceived rice-crust vegan pizza brand that glomped all over the inside of the oven.

I don’t eat fake pizza much anymore because pizza with most of the ingredients missing can taste about as you expect. If I’m being strictly macrobiotic, tomatoes are out too! Naturally I crave it every so often, but if I don’t want to suffer, I need to get the dairy-free kind.

I’ve had Tofutti products before: Their Better Than Cream Cheese, their Sour Supreme (sour cream) and their “ice cream” Cuties, which really are. One of the big problems I have with their product lines is the presence of partially hydrogenated soybean oil. They make no pretence to being anything other than dairy free, after all.  Alas, sometimes a girl gets desperate for her old way of living and isn’t up to making her own Tofu Sour Cream like a smart person.

But we’re talking about the quest for a tasty dairy-free pizza, which is why I tried Pizza Pizzazz. “That’s a somma pizza!” the box cries, promizing a great “pizza parlour taste” despite it having no butterfat, no cholesterol, and milk free cheese. I did notice that the actual picture of the pizza takes up only 1/5 of the box, but life is about trying new things, isn’t it?

The look: A rectangular slab.
The process: Bake it longer at lower heat as they suggest
The taste: Not bad!

Whether it was the crispy crust that sealed the deal, the rather delicious dairy free cheese topping or the combination brought together by oven magic, I enjoyed what came out. Will I keep looking for other brands? Sure. But if I want a quick fix in the future, I’ll probably get this brand again.