Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hot Topics Other Than Skin - Eggs Are Not A Vegetable

 
I thought I'd make a vegetarian version of Devils on Horseback this week as they were a hit with the guests at the Noche Buena party I attended this past Christmas. You make the recipe stuffing a date with gorgonzola or another fave melting cheese, wrap it in "bacon" and marinating it in mustard sauce. A quick trip inside a 400F oven for 10 minutes or so and voila! I usually have good luck at Trader Joe's but today the veggie bacon was nowhere to be found near the soy chorizo or tofu. One of the clerks stalked off in the direction of the frozen foods section and soon I was handed the package. While standing on the checkout line the first ingredient listed is eggs. Dear Morning Star Farms eggs are not a vegetable. Your product is listed as 100% vegetarian but eggs don't grow on trees or as roots but are produced by chickens which are not trees or roots but are birds. 
 
Perhaps Morning Star you thought you'd save me the trouble of making eggs to go along with my veggie bacon so you decided to put it in the same product for me. But I don't eat eggs and though I appreciate your thoughtfulness I'd wished you told me the truth first. Maybe you thought because Congress voted that pizza is a vegetable it was cool. I think it's time for some serious remedial courses for different sectors of society who just don't seem to know which way is up.  I found this informative chart on Who Owns Organic at Eden Farms


Next time I'll use eggplant. 

Morning Star Farms "Veggie" Bacon Ingredients: EGG WHITES, SOYBEAN OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, WHEAT GLUTEN, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (CORN GLUTEN, WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY), CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF GLYCERIN, SALT, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS FROM NON-MEAT SOURCES, TORULA YEAST, CARAMEL COLOR, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, MALIC ACID, GUAR GUM, YEAST EXTRACT, LOCUST BEAN AND GUAR GUM, SODIUM SULFITE, CARRAGEENAN, RED #3, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, NIACINAMIDE, IRON [FERROUS SULFATE], AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, NONFAT DRY MILK, YELLOW #6, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B6 [PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], CITRIC ACID, CYANOCOBALAMIN.

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