My 1st Vegan Christmas Dinner

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! Just wanted to write a quick entry about my first vegan Christmas dinner. The main event of dinner was salmon – which I used to looove. I’m not gonna lie, it is one of the things I miss the most since switching to a vegan diet. I actually used to eat more fish than I did red meat. But… I’ve moved on.

Well I wasn’t sure what I was going to eat in place of the salmon. For Thanksgiving, I opted out of trying Tofurkey or anything like that, because I’m not a huge fan of faux franken-meat. I just filled up on side dishes instead. But this time I wanted to try some sort of fish replacement, since there weren’t going to be as many side dishes with this dinner, as there was with our Thanksgiving meal.

When my dad and I were at Whole Foods doing our Christmas dinner shopping, I asked an employee if they had any vegan faux fish options, and to my surprise, they did! Is there nothing that hasn’t been veganized? Sometimes it truly does amaze me. Anyhow, the guy showed me Ocean’s Delight, by ecoVegan. ecoVegan is a vegan owned and run company, based in San Francisco. This is from their website: “With our desire for a healthier and happier world — for the environment, people, and our animal friends — ecoVegan transforms our passion to support our mission: Providing consumers nutritious, delicious, affordable and natural vegan food to promote compassionate and sustainable lifestyle.” If nothing else, I am interested in trying this product just to support a local vegan company. (That’s me, consciously voting with my pocketbook.)

The “fish” is made of non-GMO soy bean, non-GMO black soy bean sauce, sunflower oil, potato, laver, non-GMO wheat flour, white sesame, unbleached sugar, glutinous rice vinegar, glutinous rice, trehalose (from seaweed), licorice, and seaweed. I’m not gonna lie, the fish patty in the box, did not look like the picture of the fish on the outside of the box. But I’m open-minded, and was willing to give it a taste. And THANK GOD I did! It was SO good! Even my daughter, that is not a vegan, and did get to enjoy the delicious salmon, after trying a bite of my “fish”, said “mommy, please tell me there is more of this!” Woo hoo! Another home run! It’s products like this, that make the transition to a vegan diet, much smoother and more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Thank you ecoVegan!

For more information on ecoVegan, or to view their complete product line, visit their website. (www.ecovegan.com)

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