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Morningstar Farms and Their Limited Vegan Options

Back in September of 2012, I wrote about Gardein’s great vegan ribs, and how they made an excellent meatless version of McDonald’s popular McRib sandwich. Well, unfortunately, Gardein chose to discontinue production of their meatless ribs, but after a very long ribless dry spell, a new meatless rib product is now available, and from a very unlikely source.

Morningstar Farms, purveyor of a wide array of vegetarian food items, but little in the subject of Morningstar Farms Hickory BBQ Ribletsvegan, now produces their excellent Hickory BBQ Riblets, a very satisfactory, and maybe even improved, substitute for Gardeins’ product.

For several years, grocery frozen sections have given extremely limited space to meatless products, and the major of that space has generally been given over to companies such as Morningstar and Quorn, who make vegetarian products that include the likes of milk and cheese. In recent weeks, at least in our home area of West Covina, California, local groceries that in the last year or two have expanded their stock of meatless vegan items, primarily Gardein, Boca and Beyond Meat, have now seemed to reverse themselves, and have eliminated much of the selection offered by these companies, while turning over that space to expanded product lines primarily from Morning Star. Continue reading

Elements Natural Foods Market in West Covina, CA

FTC Disclaimer – we have no business relationship with Elements Natural Foods market and receive no free products and no renumeration whatsoever from them. The following is an honest review based on facts and nothing more – and specifically free of any monetary interest.

Elements Natural FoodsLast year, while enjoying vegan food but not writing about it, we had open in our community a wonderful new market, small in size but monumental in bringing natural, organic, vegetarian and vegan products to the community. Elements Natural Foods market, located at 2522 E. Workman Ave., West Covina, CA 91791, in the Grove Shopping Plaza across Citrus Avenue from the Eastland regional shopping center, features some well known brands but also the best from local, organic farmers. In addition to their grocery section, they also have the Salad Box, featuring fresh-made Salads, Breakfast and Acai Bowls, and Organic Cold-Pressed Juices, Smoothies and Tonics. Continue reading