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Film/Television Plant-Based

Disney and Impossible Foods Collab to Celebrate the Bob’s Burgers Movie

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Beloved animated TV show Bob’s Burgers received the red carpet treatment for its big screen debut last night. To celebrate the release, Disney partnered with plant-based behemoth Impossible Foods on a custom burger called the “Get This Plant Patty Started.” 

Lucky attendees to the Hollywood premiere at the legendary El Capitan Theatre had a chance to take a bite out of the custom creation along the red carpet before enjoying some laughs.

Thankfully, those who couldn’t pull up to the premiere will get a shot at the burger’s deliciousness. A limited-time Bob’s Burgers popup at Disney Springs AMC Theater in Orlando, FL opens the weekend of May 27 to May 29. 

Lastly, to ensure no burger lover is left behind, Disney and Impossible Foods wanted to share the special recipe they created. That way, you can make your very own from the comfort of your home.

Ingredients:

  • For the Sauce:
    • 1 Cup Vegan Mayo
    • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha
    • 2 Tablespoons Minced Pepperoncini
    • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
    • 2 Tablespoons Dill Pickle Relish
  • For the Patties:
    • 12 oz Package Impossible Burger
    • Salt & Pepper
    • 3 Slices Dairy-Free American Cheese
  • For the Assembly:
    • 3 Vegan Buns (e.g. Potato Rolls)
    • 3 Leaves Butter Lettuce
    • 6 Slices Tomato
    • 6 Onion Slices
    • Dill Pickle Chips

Directions:

  1. Make the sauce: Alriiiight, first mince the pepperoncini and combine with mayo, ketchup, sriracha, and dill pickle relish. 
  2. Cook the patties: Divide Impossible Burger into 3 equal-sized patties. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. While the patties are cooking, allow yourself a classic Linda Belcher song break. Add a slice of cheese on top and cover until the cheese has melted. 
  3. Build the burger: Lightly toast the burger buns, and then add a layer of the sauce. Top with the patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, and dill pickle chips. Forecast calls for fabulous burgers
  4. Serve, share, and get this patty started! In the words of Linda, “so fricken excited!”

The Bob’s Burgers Movie releases this month on May 27th. If I were you, I’d make a couple of these burgers and sneak them in.

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Health Plant-Based Products

These are the Best Plant-Based Food Alternatives of 2022

With each passing year there’s a new plant-based brand that hits the shelves. Some of these newer products fall flat, while others are truly pushing the flavor envelope forward and achieving surprising results. 

For some time, before Beyond Burger and Impossible Foods changed the game, the plant-based burger occupied a bland landscape. Similarly, new plant-based alternatives are making a mark and showing what’s truly possible with the right amount of passion, palate and plants. 

Below is a list of what we consider the best plant-based brands that make faithful alternatives to many of our favorite foods. 

BEST PLANT-BASED BURGER

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Impossible Burger 2.0

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Beyond Burger

Kicking the list off with these two hugely popular plant-based burgers. Whether you rep OG beef flavored Impossible patties or Beyond Burger’s unique approach to flavor, you’re in for a great patty. Each of these patties are juicy, take well to seasoning and are easy alternatives for plant-based newcomers.

BEST PLANT-BASED SAUSAGE

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Morning Star Farms Hot & Spicy Sausage Patties

Morning Star Farms mastered the plant-based sausage game a long time ago. Their Griller Burgers were legendary way before Impossible or Beyond were household names. Today, they continue to offer healthy and tasty plant-based proteins with the Hot & Spicy Sausage Patties being no exception. 

BEST PLANT-BASED CHORIZO

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Abbot’s Butcher

If you enjoy your savory protein with a subtle kick, Abbot’s Butcher Spanish Smoked Chorizo delivers just the right amount of flavor. Made from pea protein with garlic, chipotle peppers and an imported Spanish smoked paprika, it’s a zesty and appetizing compliment for a wide array of dishes. 

BEST PLANT-BASED BACON

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Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon

Bacon is a favorite of meat-lovers worldwide. It’s also incredibly challenging to recreate. While many contenders have put forth admirable attempts, none successfully stuck the landing. Thankfully, Sweet Earth’s Benevolent Bacon has done just that. It’s generously flavored with hickory, sage and garlic. Unlike others, it can be cooked crispy or tender. Make sure to grab some next time you have a hankering for a BLT.

BEST PLANT-BASED MEAL KIT

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Nona Lim Dan Dan Noodles Bowl w/ Beyond Meat

In our ever-busy lives, having delicious on-the-go food options is essential. The Bay Area-based Nona Lim brand specializes in classic Asian street foods without MSG, artificial ingredients, preservatives or lots of sodium. The Dan Dan Noodles Bowl with Beyond Meat is a delicious marriage of savory broth and chewy Beyond Meat crumbles that can be ready to enjoy in 30 seconds. 

BEST PLANT-BASED CHICKEN TENDERS

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Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chicken Tenders

Gardein has been making plant-based alternatives for some time now, providing a range of classics that help preparing dinner easier. Found in the frozen section, Gardein’s chicken tenders are great for salads, sandwich wraps and as an easy snack for kids.

BEST PLANT-BASED CHICKEN FOR STIR FRY

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Daring Original Pieces

This company focuses solely on making the best plant-based chicken possible. Managing to overcome the stringy, often sponge-like consistency that most chicken alternatives have, Daring’s plant-based chicken sizzles, shreds and serves just like the real thing. It goes great with Asian dishes like stir fry and fried rice. Aside from their Original flavor, they also offer Lemon & Herb, Breaded and Cajun.

BEST PLANT-BASED SPICY NUGGETS

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Morning Star Farms Veggie Buffalo Wings

Plant-based buffalo wings is one area with a high hit-or-miss average. As one of the pioneers in the plant-based space, Morning Star Farms has been making tasty alternatives for more than a decade. Their spicy nuggets have a great buffalo sauce flavor and chewy consistency that is perfect for dipping.

BEST PLANT-BASED FISH FOR COOKING

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Omni Foods Golden Fish Filets

Omni Foods is truly doing special things with plant-based seafood. Using magic or something, they’ve managed to closely recreate the texture, taste and consistency of actual fish. Their Golden Fish Filets can be fried and baked to be the perfect plant-based centerpiece to your meal.

BEST PLANT-BASED FISH FOR SUSHI

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Current Foods Original Tuna Filet

Also doing amazing things with plant-based seafood is San Francisco upstart Current Foods. Their resident scientists managed to create a plant-based seafood alternative that rivals the taste, texture and nutritional density of actual seafood. With Current Foods Original Tuna Filet, you can make tasty sushi at home and help support ocean restoration. 

BEST PLANT-BASED SHRIMP

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New Wave Foods

New Wave Foods was one of the first to market with a plant-based shrimp substitute, and it still stands out as the gold standard. Made from algae, their vegan replica is nearly identical from a texture standpoint, and the sweetness and flavor are a close match too. It’s exceptional as a fried shrimp substitute.

BEST PLANT-BASED EGGS

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JUST Egg

The road to the perfect plant-based scramble has been a bumpy one. That’s not surprising considering yolk is an interesting consistency that changes once cooked. Thankfully, our innate desire to achieve the impossible has resulted in JUST Egg liquid mix. With super simple ingredients and a great egg-like taste, this is the closest you’ll get to the real deal.

BEST PLANT-BASED CHEESE SLICES

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Violife “Just Like” Slices

In the beginning, plant-based cheeses were bland and refused to do that thing we love cheese most for doing — melt. But thankfully, over the past few years things have improved considerably. With a cheesier taste, chewy consistency and satisfying melt game, Violife “Just Like” slices are the best dairy-free pick that’ll give you the experience you’re looking for. 

BEST PLANT-BASED SHREDDED CHEESE

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Violife “Just Like” Shreds

If you prefer a shred over a slice, Violife also makes excellent, melt-happy shredded cheese too. With four types of shreds to enjoy from Colby Jack to Mozzarella, Violife has your meal plans covered.

BEST PLANT-BASED CREAM CHEESE

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Kite Hill Foods Chive Cream Cheese

Kite Hill’s almond-based dairy products are well renowned, and it’s pretty hard to find a tub of this stuff ‘cause it keeps flying off the shelves. When you do score one, though, the combination of chive with the slightly tangy, rich plant-based cream cheese will be a taste bagels won’t be the same without. 

BEST PLANT-BASED MAC AND CHEESE

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Trader Joe’s Vegan Mac

Easy to prepare and great for those on the go, Trader Joe’s Vegan Mac is the creamy plant-based alternative you’re looking for. It comes in a microwavable plastic container and includes two hearty servings of dairy-free deliciousness. The taste isn’t quite cheesy, yet is richer and more filling than what you’d expect from vegan mac. It also has a dash of cayenne pepper for a subtle kick.

BEST PLANT-BASED MILK

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Oatly Oat Milk

I’m totally unsure who discovered that you could squeeze milk from oats, but they deserve a medal or something. Oatly comes in as our top pick as best plant-based milk with its well rounded yet subtle oat flavor. While not exactly dairy-esque, the oat-y flavor compliments all the usuals from cereal to smoothies, or simply drink it straight up.

BEST PLANT-BASED ICE CREAM

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Best Overall: Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream

Many brands are trying their hand at plant-based ice cream hoping to achieve the rich and creamy roundness the dessert is known for. From brand to brand, experimenting with a range of base ingredients like almonds, cashews and even avocado means results may indeed vary. Van Leeuwen began with only an ice cream truck before expanding nationwide. With a good selection of plant-based flavors, you’re sure to find something for your sweet tooth. I definitely recommend their super delectable pistachio flavor.

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Best Cookies & Cream Ice CrèmeSo Delicious Wondermilk

But wait there’s more! In my experience, most plant-based brands miss the mark with Cookies & Créme. They either lack the creamy consistency, an authentic flavor or only use small cookie bits. Basically, there’s always something off. While Van Leeuwen has great Cookies & Créme adjacent flavors, they do not offer the traditional mix. Thankfully, well known plant-based brand So Delicious has answered our Cookies & Créme dreams with their new Wondermilk series, which features a crazy combination of ingredients like coconut, organic cane sugar and sunflower.

BEST PLANT-BASED YOGURT 

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Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative

Landing as our top plant-based yogurt pick is Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative. The popular brand has successfully sidestepped the often chalky, liquid consistency of most plant-based yogurts. Available in several flavors, each bite is a creamy and sweet treat for your taste buds. 

BEST PLANT-BASED BUTTER

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Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread

Creamy and rich, Earth Balance makes plant-based butter that spreads, melts and tastes like the real thing. In addition to their Original Buttery Spread, they have a wide selection of butters that perfectly compliment your preferred slice of bread. 

Besides the health benefits that eating plant-based foods have, many of these brands also support great causes. The awesome thing about it all is that plant-based food is only going to get better. Next time you’re looking to add more plants to your plate, try one of these.

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Drinks Plant-Based Products What's New

Coors is Now Making Milk?

While the thought of Coors making milk products is as left field as it gets for anyone, we have to realize that their expertise and knowledge of grains is what lead them to debuting a new barley milk.

Introducing Golden Wing, a new non-alcohol plant-based milk that can be found in the dairy aisle rather than the beer section of the grocery store. Coors taps into one of beer’s primary ingredients in barley, presenting a product that is made with five all-natural ingredients, including non-GMO barley stock that comes from the fields of Coors’ barley farmers.

The five ingredients that make up Golden Wing are simple: water, barley, sunflower oil, pink Himalayan salt and shiitake mushroom extract. Golden Wing’s flavor is likened to a malty sweetness similar to cereal milk. Color me intrigued.

If you’re as curious as I am, Golden Wing is launching at select Sprouts and Whole Foods grocery stores, and is now available via its website.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based What's New

Impossible Foods Introduces Impossible Sausage Links

Impossible Foods is cranking up its profile as it debuts a new product, Impossible Sausage Links — its sixth product debut in the past eight months.

Impossible Sausage Links take on the uncanny flavor of a traditional pork sausage and even offers the trademark snap of meat sausages. They are available in three unique flavors: Bratwurst, Italian and Spicy.

How Impossible Foods was able to develop this new product starts with a seasoned ground plant sausage filling that’s stuffed into a plant-based casing. When it comes to cooking the sausages, treat them as you would traditional meat sausage links, whether it be through grilling directly on an open flame or seared in a pan.

Fans and the curious ones alike can grab Impossible Sausage Links starting this month at select major retailers, and should anticipate nationwide availability this summer.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based Snacks What's New

Beyond Meat Debuts Beyond Meat Jerky

Beyond Meat continues to innovate in the plant-based space with new Beyond Meat Jerky. The brand’s latest product is marinated and slow roasted to ensure full flavor and looks to go toe to toe with its meaty counterparts.

The lineup of Beyond Meat Jerky comes in three flavors:

  • Original: Slightly smoky, slightly sweet with hints of onion and garlic.
  • Teriyaki: Caramelized onion meets garlicky sweetness for a bold, teriyaki flavor that hits all the right notes.
  • Hot & Spicy: Flavor kicked up a notch with sriracha and chili, finished nicely with just the right amount of sweetness.

Each flavor has 10g of protein and is made made from simple plant-based ingredients like peas and mung beans without cholesterol, GMOs, soy or gluten, which surely is added bonus for snackers.

Beyond Meat Jerky is available now at your local retailer.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based Products Science What's New

Current Foods Just Set A Guinness World Record with Plant-Based Ceviche

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Current Foods has been making major waves with their wildly innovative take on plant-based seafood. Using science, along with boundless imagination, the new company has created products with the taste, texture, and appearance of actual seafood. Besides great flavors, their products are packed with nutrition that includes omega-3, iron, and vitamin B-12.

Choosing to not go with the flow, Current Foods is charting territory previously avoided by other brands that offer plant-based seafood. The best part is the ingredients, which are simple and easy to pronounce. For texture, they use bamboo and potato. Radish and tomato provide the color, while protein comes from algae and peas. 

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For people with plant-based lifestyles or those interested in including more greens into their diets, this is the sunken treasure we’ve been waiting for. Their initial offerings include Current Tuna, which is available in four flavors: Original, Roasted Sesame, Yuzu Chipotle, and Ginger Tamarind. The second offering is their Current Salmon and comes in Smoked Black Pepper and Original Smoked. 

After a soft-launch last year, Current Foods is preparing to flood the US market. They were just awarded the Guinness World Records title for alternative seafood, a notable achievement.

To secure the title, they crafted a massive, record-setting 589 pounds of plant-based ceviche using their signature Current Tuna. Following the achievement, the ceviche was distributed to food programs around the Bay Area. Jacek Prus, CEO and co-founder of Current Foods expresses the significance of the recognition:

“Having Current Foods be forever part of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS is representative of our company goal to blend the inventive with the familiar and reimagine the way we eat. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS is a storied institution. Seafood is a diet staple. Seafood made from plants however, is what we hope to make a new classic. And, we want to do this in a big way. Literally and figuratively.”

Prus founded the company in 2019 along with food technologist and Chief Science Officer, Sònia Hurtado.

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Current Foods’ products are not only made for vegans, but for all diet lifestyles. They provide the benefits of actual seafood without the mercury or micro-plastics. Pre-order for their Original Tuna Cubes and Original Tuna Filet is now available. You can use the promo code: nextfrontier to get 4 packs for the price of 3.

Expect a wider release this year as they roll out nationwide to restaurants, retail, and e-commerce. Fans can follow their journey here, I’ve no doubt they’ll be making even bigger splashes in the future.

Plant-based seafood is here to stay and growing, making for an exciting time in food innovation.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based What's New

First Taste: OmniFoods’ Plant-Based Fish Fillets

The recent Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California was brimming with innovation and sustainable creativity in the food space. Exciting products were everywhere and one that particularly stood out was what OmniFoods had to offer.

For those not familiar, OmniFoods introduced plant-based pork innovation with products like ground pork, pulled pork, and SPAM-style luncheon meat, which we covered last year. The latest from them, however, proved to be a jaw-dropper.

At Expo West, I had a chance to get an inside scoop on OmniFoods’ new Golden Fillets, which are plant-based battered fish-style fillets. My reaction in the video clip above conveys my thoughts on the product perfectly. Not only did the Golden Fillets capture the flaky texture and taste of actual fish fillets, I was in disbelief that they were 100 percent plant-based. The sorcery here is strong, friends.

If you’re on the hook and as intrigued as I am, OmniFoods is aiming for a summer 2022 launch of the Golden Fillets, so stay tuned for further updates.

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Packaged Food Plant-Based Sweets What's New

Trader Joe’s Selling a Black Tea Boba Frozen Dessert

Spotted in the wild by none other than @traderjoeslist is a new Trader Joe’s non-dairy dessert called Black Tea & Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert.

As the caption indicates, this new Trader Joe’s item is vegan and gluten free and includes tapioca pearls in the frozen treat.

This new item is sure to have boba fans and those looking for vegan and gluten free desserts super excited — which makes for another hyped Trader Joe’s item, per the usual.