DDD #105 – Herbivorous Butcher Unboxing & Review

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Click the image above to watch as I unpack a bunch of Herbivorous Butcher items & review them. Also – meet BRUCE – my newest foster – rescued from the South Korean dog meat trade.

 

Chef’d & Beyond Meat Smash-Up – Part 1 – Vegan Beast Burger & Cucumber Dill Salad

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There has been a huge rise in food services that send either already-prepared meals to your home for you to heat up and, more interestingly, ones that send pre-measured fresh ingredients & recipes & you make the food at home.  I tried Blue Apron – which is the latter service – and was not totally impressed.  One issue was the lack of selection for vegetarians (and nothing for vegans) & the fact that there was no option for a single person.  Their subscription plan meant I would get 3 meals – for two – each week – which meant six of my seven dinners were decided for me each week – with me eating the same thing twice – three times in a row.  Also – if you happened to LOVE a dish – you could not order it again soon – but had to wait – indefinitely – hoping it would eventually reappear in the cycle.

Chef’d has solved those problems.  No subscription – meaning order what you want & when you want it.  Get the same thing every day for two weeks – or just get one thing – different things – a few times a month.  Here is how they work:

Choose from Famous Recipes

Browse through hundreds of recipes from your favorite chefs, and cook them in the comfort of your own home!

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Fresh pre-portioned Ingredients delivered to your door. Reorder what you like, when you like. No subscriptions!

Cook, Love, Live

Enrich your life by creating memorable delicious experiences of love through our hand-cultivated recipes.

And look at the various tastes & lifestyles they accommodate

Shop Meals

LIFESTYLES:

FAMILY FRIENDLY
GOURMET
VEGETARIAN
GLUTEN FREE

PROTEINS:

BEEF
CHICKEN
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PORK
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VEGAN
HERE is the list of the famous chefs contributing recipes.  And HERE are the vegan & vegetarian meals currently offered (kind of amazing looking).  I was given the opportunity to try the service & jumped at the chance.  I am a long-time fan of Beyond Meat & the pairing of these two companies is exciting to me.  I got the Beast Burger & Tacos & will post about the burger here – and the tacos in another post HERE.
Here is what showed up (for the burgers):
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The box included everything I needed to make 4 Beast Burgers & the Cucumber Dill Salad.  I take childlike delight in tiny condiment bottles – to the degree that I didn’t want to open these & used some existing condiments I had.  So goofy.
Anyway – everything is outlined very clearly & the ingredients are pre-measured so – no measuring & no extra ingredients to leave around, unused, forever.
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The Cucumber Dill Salad came together in five minutes & was tangy & crisp & light.
And – no surprise – the Beast Burger was huge & meaty & delicious!  I have had many Beyond Meat burgers in the past but – it was nice to have all the things I needed right there – including just 4 buns for the 4 burgers.  My freezer is jammed with freezer-burned buns that I stuck in there after buying a whole bag but only wanting one burger.
Assembled – the burger really is a beast & just as messy as any burger ad you see on TV – in the best possible way.   I feel like this is a great choice for a family of four on a night when there is minimal time to get dinner together – OR – to bring to a meat-eaters BBQ.  With this meal plan – you can walk into a BBQ with everything you need to provide 4 vegans/vegetarians with something as tempting as anything else likely to be served there – no fuss & no waste.
Be sure to check out their TACO dinner (seen below) HERE.
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Homemade Dill Pickle Dip – (Vegan or Vegetarian)

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Last weekend, I did my first ever book reading at the historic Vroman’s.  Click HERE to see a video of the event & hear the reactions of the crowd.

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OK, kids!  It is the 4th of July!  My blog will turn two TOMORROW & I am amazed that I have kept at it so long!  I should have more to say on the subject but I just wanna post this dip & get my ass to a BBQ – so let’s get to it.

I made this with my own VERY GARLICKY Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles – as seen above.  You needn’t make your own pickles (even though they are CRAZY easy & are ready to eat after only 24 hours in the fridge) – but I recommend it highly.  I used real cream cheese – but they do make VEGAN cream cheese so – if veganism is your bag, baby – just use the vegan version.

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 Homemade Dill Pickle Dip – (Vegan or Vegetarian)

INGREDIENTS

8 oz cream cheese – softened (or vegan alternative)

1 1/2 cups dill pickles (store-bought or my Homemade Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles) – minced

1/4 cup sweet onion – minced

1 tsp fresh dill – chopped

1/2 tsp garlic powder

S&P to taste

Pickle juice to thin the dip – if you want it thin

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DIRECTIONS

Mix that shit up!

I was lazy & did this in my food processor.  I also added a bit more pickle juice than I think is ideal and my dip is thin – though still scoopable.  And ain’t nobody breaking chips off in it.

But – if you are motivated – just mince the onion & pickles (or chop them in a food processor) & then mash it all together by hand.  You might have more control this way.  Only add as much pickle juice as you need to get the dip texture that floats your boat.

Shovel this in your face with some toxic, GMO-laden chips & kid yourself that the fact that they are reduced fat is gonna effect ANY positive or meaningful difference.

Fuck it!  It is the 4th of July!  Celebrate America by acting like an American & eat bad food by the pound.  Get drunk.  BE CAREFUL AROUND FIREWORKS!  Eat some more.  Eat a whole pie!  Why not?

The gym will be there tomorrow.

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Roasted Beet and Chickpea Salad with Dill and Arugula and Lemon Vinaigrette

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I love beets!  I love lemon!  I love arugula!  I LOVE THIS SALAD!  If you are vegan – either just lose the feta cheese or add a vegan alternative.  There is enough flavor here that the cheese is just a layer of flavor but the salad doesn’t depend on it.

I roasted the beets days ahead & just used them yesterday.  You can do this, too, or roast them as needed.  I like having them in the fridge – ready & waiting for me to be inspired to use them.  I made this dressing fresh but most any tart dressing would work.

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Lemon Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup olive oil

juice of one lemon

1 1/2 tsp Dijon

1 garlic clove – minced

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Blend the ingredients & then add more lemon or oil or S&P – to suit your taste.

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Roasted Beet and Chickpea Salad with Dill and Arugula

INGREDIENTS

The ratio here is really up to you but here are my suggestions:

2 large beets

1/2 (15 oz) can chickpeas – drained & rinsed

A few cups of arugula

1/2 cucumber – sliced thin

1 cup feta – crumbled

Fresh dill

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DIRECTIONS

Wash the beets & wrap them in foil with a little olive oil drizzled on them.   Roast, wrapped in foil, at 400 degrees for about an hour.  Allow to cool & peel.  Cut into bite-sized chunks & set aside.

Make the vinaigrette.

Now just layer your ingredients as you like & drizzle with dressing.  Lots of freshly cracked pepper adds a nice touch.  Eat it up & sit back & think about the fact that your pee will likely be pink tomorrow.  🙂

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Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing with Lime & Dill

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This is far lighter than it seems because it is made with yogurt rather than mayo & you can control the amount of olive oil yourself.  The oil is used mainly as a thinner & you could probably even use water instead – if the fat from the oil concerns you.  Beyond that – all you do is stick the ingredients in a food processor or blender & whip them up!   PS – there is no onion in this dressing but the magenta-red looked so pretty – I included that onion in the pictures.

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing with Lime & Dill

INGREDIENTS

1 large avocado -peeled cut into chunks

1/2 cucumber – cut into chunks

6 ounces Greek yogurt

juice of 1-2 limes – depending on how juicy the limes are

1-2 tsp fresh dill

1-2 tsp fresh cilantro (or parsley)

3 garlic cloves

1/3 cup olive oil (more or less – depending on how thin you like your dressings)

S&P to taste

1 jalapeno (optional) – if you like kick

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DIRECTIONS

Blend everything except the olive oil in a food processor until smooth.  Drizzle oil in until it reaches the consistency you prefer.  If you want it thinner than 1/3 cup oil makes it – maybe consider adding a bit of water to thin it.  Add S&P to taste.  Adjust lime & dill & cilantro to suit your tastes.

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Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” with Dill & Cheddar

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Another in what must seem like an endless chain of cauliflower recipes.  This is so delicious – I ate the entire thing myself last night.  The amount of cheese is up to you.  I went light to save calories but more would have been a lot better.  This takes a total of 10-15 minutes once you have boiling water.  Try it at least once!

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Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” with Dill & Cheddar

INGREDIENTS

1 head cauliflower

1/8-1/4 cup fresh dill plus more for garnish

1/4 cup grated cheddar plus more for garnish

1 TBS butter

S&P to taste

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DIRECTIONS

Cut the cauliflower in half or quarters & add to boiling water.  Boil about ten minutes.  Leave it in the hot water until you are ready to serve it because it comes together fast but gets cold fast, too.   When ready to serve it – simply puree everything in the bowl of your food processor.  Garnish with a little extra cheese, dill sprigs & some freshly ground pepper.  Hover over it like a fucking prison inmate & shovel it in your face with zero dignity.  Grunting sounds optional.

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Smoked Salmon & Horseradish Cream Verrine with Cucumber & Tomato

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I recently discovered the VERRINE.  Here is the web definition:

verrine

A verrine is a confection, originally from France, made by layering ingredients in a small glass. It can be either sweet or savoury.
If you Google image search “verrine” you get an amazing array of gorgeous appetizers & desserts.  See HERE.
Last night, I decided to try my hand at one.  As per usual, I was restricted to what I already had on hand.  Fortunately, I had smoked salmon, cucumbers, dill & heirloom cherry tomatoes.  I also had a fresh horseradish root.ImageThat fucker cost $8 but it is like a Fred Flintstone club.  I grated a bunch up with a microplane but in the end, couldn’t really taste it.  You might just want to use a little prepared horseradish sauce,instead, if you attempt this recipe.  Also – I left my cream sauce very thick – like a whipped cream cheese.  You might like yours a bit runnier.  In that case, just use more heavy cream.The only part of this dish that is a proper recipe is the horseradish cream.  The rest is just a layering of ingredients that you can alter to your own tastes.  I made these in three sizes: a shot glass, a stemmed apperitif glass & a tumbler.  You can choose the serving size appropriate for the occasion.  Know that I ate all three of these myself last night.  These would make a wonderful brunch starter – sort of like a bagel with the works – without the bagel.

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Horseradish Cream

INGREDIENTS

4 oz cream cheese

4 TBS fresh grated horseradish root OR prepared horseradish sauce to taste

2 sprigs fresh dill

7 (or more) TBS heavy cream

1/8 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Blend everything in a food processor.  Add more heavy cream if you like a thinner sauce.  Add more horseradish sauce if you enjoy kick.

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Smoked Salmon Verrine with Cucumber & Tomato & Horseradish Cream

INGREDIENTS

Smoked salmon

Cucumber

Tomato (I used multicolored heirloom cherry tomatoes)

Dill

Capers

Fresh lemon

Fresh bread or bagel

Horseradish cream

Fresh pepper

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DIRECTIONS

Dice the salmon, tomato, cucumber & bread.  Put some bread in the bottom of each serving glass (I only used bread in the tumbler – not in the smaller verrines) & layer with cucumber, tomato & horseradish cream.  Top with dill & capers & squeeze a little lemon on top.  Finish with cracked pepper & serve!

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