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Product Review: Perfected Foods Soy Jerky

And The Winners Are:

Jessie: “Yum, the Cajun flavor sounds awesome!”

Gina- “YUM! The Sweet BBQ sounds so good :D


"Perfected Foods strives not only to improve the quality of food, but improve the quality of life. Our Soy Jerky is all natural, cholesterol free, vegan, packed with protein and made right here in the United States." Source

Perfected Foods sent me a few samples of their vegan jerky to try. They sent me one of each of their flavors Mesquite, Hot Wing, Cajun, or Sweet Barbecue flavors. Although these products are all natural, cholesterol free and vegan I didn’t find them to be my favorite vegan jerky. They were really dry and tough to chew. I have to say I really like the creative flavors that they have. Now I am not a huge fan of jerky myself so others might like these more than I did. I am going to give 2 of you a chance to try Perfected Foods vegan jerky out for yourself.  This giveaway will end March 9, 2010 at 8am.

To Enter:

  1. Visit the Perfected Foods website and let me know which flavor you’d like to try.

Additional Entries:

  1. Follow Cooking For A Vegan Lover on Facebook (leave a comment)
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  3. Tweet “I want to win @cookveganlover Perfected Foods Vegan Jerky” (leave a comment)

You can also send a photo of yourself with a pack of Perfected Foods to and they will post it on our site. ONE LUCKY PERSON A MONTH WILL WIN A FREE CASE OF SOY JERKY!!!!!

Disclaimer: Perfected Foods provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Vegan in Boston

Hi Everyone! So as many of you know my husband and I have run off to Boston, my old home for a brief time, for some R&R and of course yummy eat s and drinks.  I was recently asked about vegan options in Boston and I have put together a list of places that my husband and I love as well as some other options we have yet to try but I hear are good:

I hope this list is helpful! People say Boston isn’t vegan friendly but it so is! There are tons of options here are some:

  • Bagel Rising
    • Has the best bagels with tofu spread ever! These are my husband and I’s favorite thing to get when we go to Boston.  These are usually located within Espresso Royale’s.  Our favorite location is on Newbury St.
  • Grasshopper            *Vegan*
  • 1 North Beacon Street, Allston, MA 02134
    • I have had mixed experiences at Grasshopper, but have come to learn that the only dishes you should get here are ones that are deep fried.  The No-Name is most people’s stand-by and it is delicious.
  • Spike’s Junkyard Dogs
    • This place sells a yummy veggie dog. These are so good and you can get so many different combinations. So for something quick, easy, yummy and cheap this is a good choice.
  • Chilli Duck 829 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
    • This Thai place has a vegetarian menu that is all vegan and the food is good!
  • The Elephant Walk   
    • I haven’t visited this place yet but I hear that has amazing food and the vegan options are labeled on the menu. (There are a Boston, Cambridge and Waltham locations. Oh and reservations recommended).
  • The Other Side Café           407 Newbury Street
    • This was always my college standby when I was going to school in Boston.  The atmosphere is really fun and the food is delicious.  There are tons of vegan options as well as raw vegan options.  The tea selection is amazing and so good as well. If there is one really great place to visit I would suggest here.
  • My Thai Vegan Cafe 3 Beach Street, 2nd Floor formally Buddha’s
    • This place is cheap and delicious.  It has great vegan thai food. (There is also a Brookline location.)
  • Pho Pasteur II             682 Washington Street
    • This place is just below My Thai Vegan Cafe and has great Vietnamese food. They have a great vegetarian menu that has vegan friendly options. The food is cheap, yummy and you get a ton of it.
  • Addis Red Sea     544 Tremont Street
    • This place is AMAZING! My husband and i absolutely love it and the food is delicious.  The place is Ethiopian and is served very traditional and is so good it is a must try if you like Ethiopian food or are interested in trying something new. Also all the vegetarian items are vegan. (I don’t care for their Cambridge location.)
  • Le’s   36 JFK Street-  Located at Harvard Square in Cambridge- I believe there is an Allston location as well
    • Le’s serves delicious and affordable Vietnamese food in a casual setting.  There are plenty of vegetarian dishes to chose from, many of them are vegan.
  • The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub 472 Massachusetts Avenue
    • this place has great Middle Eastern foods.  You could also try ZuZu which is part of The Middle East group and is next door- it’s a little fancier and I hear has great food
  • Lizzy’s Ice Cream Parlor  29 Church Street
    • This place is located near Harvard Square in Cambridge and it has yummy vegan ice cream and sorbet options
  • Veggie Planet   47 Palmer Street Cambridge
    • I haven’t tried this place yet but people love it.  The vegan options are listed on the menu.
  • Also Faniuel Hall has a big food court with a ton of options that vegans can eat from sushi to indian to thai.  There is also a great Mexican place at Quincy Market that I can’t remember the name of but it’s on the left side of Quincy Market and has great food.
  • There are also tons of options at the Prudential Center food court.
  • If you are going with Omni’s Legal Seafood has one vegan dish.
  • There is also PF Changs and CPK which has some vegan options.
  • For quick items there is Bolocco and Qudoba that both have vegan options.
  • Other Vegan Options:
  • TJ Scallywaggles      487 Cambridge Street- Vegan pizza and subs
  • 28 Degrees One Appleton Street Boston, MA 02116
    • Vegan Options:
      • -Radicchio Salad (adaptable)
      • -Fried Polenta
      • -Tomato, Basil Pizza (adaptable)
      • -Sauteed Spinach
      • -Grilled Bread, Olive Tapenade, Bean Puree
  • This is a great site that has a number of other options that might interest you:
  • If you are outside the city at all Prana in Newton has amazing raw vegan food and The Watertown Diner has a yummy vegan breakfast.
  • Also incase you were wondering Rock Bottom has a veggie burger but it’s not vegan and none of the beer is.
  • Also b. Good used to have a vegan veggie burger but it is not vegan anymore.

Recipe Post: “Fried” Veggies

My husband and I are headed to Boston this weekend for a leisurely weekend away and I had a bunch of produce to use up.  This morning I decided since I was going to be out of the house all day that it would be good to get something prepped for dinner ahead of time.  We have been trying to eat high raw now that our winter CSA is over and we don’t have ridiculous amounts of rutabaga and turnip to use every week.  This recipe is almost raw with the exception of the nutritional yeast which gives it a yummy cheesy flavor.

Ingredients (makes 2 large portions or 4 sides):

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 8oz button mushrooms, cut in half (you can also try baby bella or portobello if you’d like)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into medium sized chunks
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (if you want to make this totally raw you can omit this ingredient)
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 3T lemon juice
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/4t black pepper


  1. Toss the veggies with the nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper; make sure everything is evenly coated.
  2. Spread evenly onto mesh dehydrator sheets (I used 2 in my Nesco).
  3. Dehydrate at 115F for 1-2 hours (this helps to reduce fermentation) then turn down to 105F for at least 10 hours but you could dehydrate these up to 24 hours if you want them really crispy.

Review: Chocolate Inspirations

Chocolate Inspirations sent me a few samples of their toffee and brittles to review. The great thing about Chocolate Inspirations is that a number of their chocolates can be made sugar-free and vegan and they taste amazing.  Among the flavors that I was sent to try were:

Vegan Cashew Brittle- This chocolate was delicious mix of brittle, chocolate and nuts.

Vegan English Toffee- this was my favorite of all the samples and it was great because I haven't had toffee in years (I don't count the xmas I attempted to make my own and set the stove on fire). This was creamy, caramel and delicious.

Vegan Coconut Brittle- this one was really tasty with it's creamy coconut taste and toasted coconut topping

Vegan Coffee Toffee- this was my hubby's favorite - he loves chocolate and coffee together and this was a great combo especially with the chopped pecans.

Overall this chocolate was amazing and my hubby and I can’t wait to order more of it. I think we will definitely be ordering some chocolate from here soon. Did I mention there are vegan caramels cups? I am sure they are to die for.

Disclaimer: Chocolate Inspirations provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Giveaway: Bodum French Press

French Press Winner Announced:

AnAppleADay // February 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM | Reply (edit)

i definitely need this because my bf is COFFEE-lover and i would love to make him smile by giving this to him!!!

Bodum Brazil 8 Cup French Press

I have an exciting giveaway for you!

CSN Stores has contacted me about doing a giveaway on my blog!

Don’t worry I am not going to offer a giveaway for an item that I don’t already use and love myself. I absolutely love my Bodum Brazil French Press and I think that any coffee lover should invest in their own french press.  Not only is a french press the best way to make a delicious cup of coffee it also works great for making loose tea.

Who wants to go out – pay for overpriced coffee when you can make a delicious cup at home?

I sure don’t!

Enjoy it at home!

Coffee. A Good Book. And Someone to Share It All With.

who could ask for more?

CSN has over 200 stores

where you can find everything you need,

including cookware and maybe even barstools

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you need this french press in your life. {1 entry}
  2. You can earn an additional entry by tweeting about this giveaway & mentioning @cookveganlover {1 additional entry}
  3. You can earn a third entry by posting it on your blog & linking back to me {1 additional entry}

Good luck!

I’ll use to choose a winner on Friday March 5, 2010 at 6am!!

(CSN will only ship to the U.S. & Canada)

Giveaway & Recipe: Coconut Red Curry Peanut Stir Fry

Coconut Red Curry Peanut Stir Fry


  • 1 cup firm tofu, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 5 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1.5 cups frozen edamame
  • 1T coconut oil
  • 1T coconut peanut butter (can substitute half coconut butter/half peanut butter or just use peanut butter)- win your own Coconut PB below
  • 1T red curry paste
  • 2T soy sauce, tamari or shoyu
  • 1/2T vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 1T arrowroot powder mixed with 1/4 cup of water
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup of dry roasted peanuts


  1. In a wok over medium high heat melt the coconut oil and coconut peanut butter together.
  2. Add in the red curry paste and stir fry together for about a minute.
  3. Add in all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the peanuts and cook for 7-10minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Add in the peanuts at the end.  Serve with your favorite rice or noodles.

To make this recipe I used Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Coconut Peanut Butter.  The coconut peanut butter is rich and creamy tasting and works really well in this dish.  The peanut butter flavor is not overwhelming but is rather great combined with the coconut.  I found that this is not an easily spreadable butter but is great on warmed foods such as oatmeal, stir fries, noodles, and sweet potatoes.

“Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Peanut Butter is made from organic peanuts and organic coconut. Two ingredients: nothing else! No fillers, no binders, no sweeteners, and no preservatives. The peanuts are 100% organic Valencia peanuts grown organically by family farmers in New Mexico and Texas. Grown in the dry climate of the southwestern United States, these peanuts are certified organic and free from aflatoxins. The dried coconut is certified organic coconut meat from the Philippines from coconuts that are grown with no fertilizers or pesticides. This premium dried coconut contains no additives or preservatives, and is not sweetened. Unlike most dried coconut on the market, our dried coconut products are not treated with sulfites to keep them white. Together, these premium organic roasted peanuts and the premium organic dried coconut are ground together to make a delicious and nutritious spread!” soucre

Tropical Traditions Giveaway- Please Enter by 8am on February 26, 2010

To win your own jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter visit the Tropical Traditions website and take a look around- leave a comment on my blog telling me something you’ve learned or about a product that interest you.

Additional Chances to Enter

  1. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions email Sales Newsletter here: me a comment saying you did)
  2. Tweet about this giveaway – “I want to win @Troptraditions Coconut Oil from @cookveganlover
    (Leave me a comment saying you did)
  3. Follow me @cookveganlover on twitter (Leave a comment saying you did)
  4. Visit Tropical Traditions Free Coconut Recipe website and leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe is.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Giveaway Winner is:

hihorosie // February 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM | Reply (edit)

How can one ever go wrong when there’s coconut involved? But there are a couple of recipes that catch my eye: coconut ice and Coconut Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa. YUM!