Here at Food & Wine, we don’t typically pay attention to fad diets – the paleo diet, alkaline diet, the werewolf diet (don’t ask), the replace-a-meal-with-44-minutes-of-staring-at-the-sun diet (really). However, as the vegan movement continues to grow and become increasingly mainstream, it’s hard to argue with its benefits and staying power. Here, the 7 winners from a massive staff taste test of new vegan products.
Veggie Burger Mix
Packed with fresh vegetables and whole grains that you can actually see, these pre-made veggie burger mixes from Made by Lukas are nothing like the mysterious discs you find in the freezer isle. First of all, they’re made with local veggies like beets, kale, and parsnips, and they’re mixed with quinoa, seeds and millet. Also, since the patties are not pre-formed, you can use them for veggie-balls, in a savory bread pudding or to make a vegan meatloaf. From $7.99; Available in grocery stores and on madebylukas.com
Do not be scared off by the gluten-, nut-, soy-, dairy-free labels on this vegan mac-and-cheese. Daiya’s cheezy mac (available in three flavors: deluxe cheddar, deluxe alfredo and deluxe white cheddar veggie) are surprisingly creamy and satisfying and appeals even to real cheese lovers. $5.89; us.daiyafoods.com