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RESTAURANT REVIEW: 49TH STATE BREWING [ANCHORAGE]

Traveling to Alaska as a vegan can be pretty daunting.  There is hope though, in the sparsely populated vegan options on menus at places like Bear’s Tooth, Middleway Cafe and others.  But you can also get sick of them pretty quickly.

So I decided to join some friends recently on a downtown crawl.

We started the night at 49th State Brewing Company.

The brewery is located in the old Snow Goose space, and they have done an amazing job with the design.  I would have taken more photos, but it was Iditarod weekend and the place was absolutely PACKED.  To the gills.  So apologies for that (you can find some photos on their website).

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Product Review: Beyond Meat’s BEAST BURGER

I have been waiting for the Beast Burger from Beyond Meat for a VERY LONG time.  Ever since my friend over there told me it was in “the works” I wanted to try it out.

As a vegan, veggie burgers are crucial.  First, they give me a staple I can relate to from my meat days.  I know to some this may sound stupid, but that’s just how this vegan rolls.  On a nice summer day, I still like tossing something on the grill other than corn and asparagus.  Or, in the winter I may crave a bacon double cheeseburger.

Beast Burger with crispy onions, pickles, and BBQ.

There are a lot of contenders in this space too.  Companies like Gardein, Field Roast, and now Beyond Meat all produce decent burgers (in addition to the Boca and other large brands).  But it seems like each one trades off something.

Gardein’s burgers are good, but plain and oily.  Field Roast’s Hand formed burgers require you to refinance your home mortgage ($7.99 for 4 small patties) and companies like Morningstar add egg whites so they are not even vegan.

All of this meant I was really stoked to finally get my paws on a brand new burger.

Awesome packaging and branding.

As always, the retail packaging was designed well and the price was good.  Two 1/4 pound patties (frozen) per $6.49 box means a premium, all vegan, non-GMO burger patty for $3 and change.

I tossed them on the grill along with some asparagus.  I decided to pair them with some vegan bacon strips from Sweet Earth and Chao regular cheese slices.

Lunch. FTW.

These burgers grill up really nicely over a well seasoned propane grill.  I applied a little spray olive oil to each side (per the instructions) to help them out a little.

Watch them grill:

Beasts on the grill.

I heated them up really well, melted some Chao cheese on ’em, dropped the bacon on and had a GREAT lunch.

My first impression was yes.  Yes to a good-tasting,  hearty as heck, well made vegan burger.  The flavor was right in the middle of the “not so meaty but still meaty enough” scale that companies like Beyond Meat must navigate carefully.

While the taste is what really excited me, it were the nutritional claims that made me look twice.  Beyond Meat claims that the Beast Burger:

  • Has more protein and iron than beef;
  • Has more omega fatty acids than salmon;
  • Is GMO free;
  • Features a “beyond nutrient blend” which apparently makes me healthier.
The claims are right on the box.

All of this poses a question I will ask myself rhetorically,

“If I can eat more protein and iron, more omegas, less cholesterol (as in zero), less fat, and less cancer-causing meat stuff, while enjoying a great texture and flavor why wouldn’t I?”

The ingredient list, while long, is all natural, basic ingredients.  I see things like pea protein, canola oil, beet juice powder, onion powder, paprika, etc.

A long ingredient list and pretty decent nutritional specs.

I mean when you look at the actual nutrient benefits of these burgers, combined with the taste and texture, relatively low cost, no worry of food-borne pathogens, ease of cooking, and a multitude of other benefits….shouldn’t’ we?

Some Chao melti-ness on my beasts.

At least one thing is for sure.  My freezer will be full of these things, and I look forward to dragging some with me to Moab and the Rubicon later this Summer.

Trail Recipe: Spaghetti with Meatish Sauce

You’d be amazed how many calories you burn when wheeling.  Yes, you are sitting down quite a bit.  However, you are constantly climbing in and out of your Jeep to scout obstacles, running ahead for that photo, scrambling up hills with winch lines, etc etc.

So it is important to eat well.

On the Rubicon trail earlier this month, I decided to use some Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles and Field Roast Italian sausages to whip up a sauce so meaty, it would make Ted Nugent blush (disclaimer: He’s an a$$h*#! and I can’t stand him).

Beauty shot of fake meat awesomeness. Photo (c) Jason Martin.

Anyway, even though this is a simple recipe, it bears writing as it is super easy, delicious, and will be the envy of your camp.  Trust me.

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Trail Recipe: “Ruburritos” for Breakfast

When jeeping for a long period of time, nothing is more important than a hearty breakfast.  On our recent trip along the Rubicon Trail, we woke to a chilly Sierra morning and I decided to warm up with some breakfast burritos.

Said chilly morning at Rubicon Springs.

These are a twist of my friend Andy’s amazing breakfast burritos from Moab.

So what do you get when you merge the Rubicon with burritos?  Ruburritos (thanks Jesse!)

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Trail Recipe: BBQ Beyond Meat Chicken Sammies!

When campin’ or Jeepin,’ there isn’t anything better than a nice warm, hearty meal – especially one that is super yummy and easy to make.

One of my favorite camping sandwiches is this BBQ Chicken sandwich courtesy of Beyond Meat!

You’ll need a whole pack of Beyond Meat chicken strips and whatever else you like on a sandwich (avocado, lettuce, toms, Veganaise, etc). Grab your favorite BBQ sauce too.

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Show us YOUR Man Card and WIN some goodies!

My post regarding veganism and the “man card” was incredibly popular.

And, the feedback was amazing.  I realized that there are actually so many vegans and vegetarians out there whom are already breaking the stereotypes.

So, we want to see your mancards and womancards (yes, such a thing exists)!

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Eating Vegan and the Processed Food Dilemma

As vegans, we have all lived on some deserted islands.  We have all defended our protein intakes.  And, we have spoken (or perhaps marched) on behalf of the animals.

But of all the curves the omni crowd throws at me, the one I struggle with the most is the topic of processed foods.

I am what I like to call a “meaty vegan.”  I grew up in the woods of New England, eating wholesome foods like ham steaks, meatloaf, and spaghetti sauce “flavored with meat.”  So personally I enjoy the meat analogs that allow me to bridge the gap between my personal heritage and veganism.

I am a meaty vegan, and this is my food.

But that also comes with it’s own set of concerns, mostly around the fact that most of this food is highly processed and contains a lot of oil, salt, and sugars.

So what is this meaty vegan to do?

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Recipe: Scott’s Vegan Pasta Bake

One of my fav dinners to make is something I threw together a long time ago.  We had a few different vegan meats left over and I wanted to combine them into a hearty dinner.

A yummy, easy dinner.

This vegan pasta bake is easy, hearty, and makes great leftovers for work.

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Recipe: Vegan Taco Night

This is no joke:  Earlier this week, we went to New Seasons to buy a package of Beyond Meat‘s newest product – Beyond Beef.  Each place we looked however did not yet have Beyond Beef.  So when I arrived at home, I was so surprised to find a package on my porch – a freezer pack from Beyond Meat!  They sent me two retail packs – one of their “feisty” flavors, and one of the standard “beefy” flavor.

My freezer surprise straight from Beyond Meat!

So tonight we decided to use the feisty version for taco night.  This is a super easy, delicious dinner that easily fed 3.

The ingredients

What we included:

  • 1 package, Beyond Beef (Feisty)
  • Daiya Cheddar Vegan Cheese
  • Tofutti Sour Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Corn
  • Organic Black Beans
  • Black Olives
  • 1/4 Onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Avocado, cubed
  • Refried beans
  • Tortillas and taco shells
  • Cayman Jack “Margarita” (optional)

First, combine the Beyond Beef, corn, black beans, garlic and onions in a frying pan.  Brown slightly.

Brown everything slightly.

Second, build your tacos!

Third, enjoy!

Yum!!

This was our first time trying the new Beyond Beef.  The second we put it in the pan, we could recognize a difference from all other ground up beef crumbles.  It was more substantial, and had a great color and texture.  It cooked easy and uniformly.

In the tacos, the Beyond Beef was delicious – adding its own flavors. Beyond Beef is an awesome new addition to the vegan crumbles market, and I look forward to using it in many other dishes!