Below is a list of some of my favorite brands, tools, and equipment to help you efficiently create beautiful, delicious meals.
Vitamix – The 780 was my first Vitamix so I can’t speak to the other models, but this blender is my new BFF. I thought I had an amazing blend before, but it doesn’t come close to this one. One of my favorite things about it is that it can make the smoothest frozen smoothies and then switch to make the creamiest hot soups. Just throw all your ingredients in the blender, pick out your setting, and then walk away. One of the best parts is how well it blends up kale and spinach so there’s no chunks. It can even blend up nuts into butter. I’m in love.
Dollop Frosting – This frosting is good enough to eat out of the jar – trust me I have. I had tried a few other vegan / soy free / gluten free frostings before and I wasn’t thrilled. Then I found Dollop and I haven’t gone back. I don’t even really make my own anymore unless I use Dollop as the base and add my own twist like peppermint oil in the hot chocolate creme. The hot chocolate creme is my personal favorite, but my sister really likes the Madagascar vanilla. Either way you can’t go wrong. They also have a sea salted caramel and a peanut butter. You can buy the frosting online or at many grocery stores. I buy mine at Wegmans. If you want to give it a try, use MINDFUL15 for 15% off your first order.
Banza Pasta – Pasta made from chickpeas…sounds strange, tastes amazing! I had been eating a lot of brown rice pasta and saw this brand in the organic aisle. The protein and fiber content got me to try it. The taste sold me on it. I haven’t had any other gluten free pasta since. They came out with a whole slew of new shapes, which is fantastic so I can get a bit of variety. The texture is similar to regular pasta, and it does not taste like hummus. Definitely follow the cooking instructions carefully and don’t over cook it or it starts to get a bit mushy. As long as you follow the instructions, you’re in for a delicious pasta dish!
Daiya Foods – I found Daiya originally by trying their cream cheese and their brand as exploded since. From cream cheese to cheese slices to pizza to dressing they really have it all. I really love their Cutting Board line of cheese shreds. I use this for pasta, grilled cheese, toppings on salad, nachos, the list is really endless. I religiously use their cheese sauce to top my Banza pasta for a delicious mac and cheese alternative. I also love their pizza. The supreme pizza is my favorite, and it’s completely vegan! I haven’t tried their cheesecakes yet, but it’s on my list!
Parmela Creamery – If you can eat nuts, then I’d recommend Parmela. They use cashews as their base. They have a delicious mushroom alfredo sauce, which is out of this world. My grocery store, Wegmans, carries some of their cheeses in slices and shreds in addition to their jarred sauces. If you check out their website you can also order directly from them and they have a pretty extensive list of different cheese varieties you can buy throughout the year.
Kite Hill – This is another one to try if you can eat nuts. They use almond as their base. I love their yogurt – the key lime and pineapple are my favorite, but you really can’t go wrong. They recently came out with a Greek style, but I haven’t been able to try that yet. They also have cream cheese, artisan cheese, and pasta (if you can eat gluten). I really like their ricotta in lasagna and I have it on my list to try it in a cheesecake.
Greater Knead – This is a local brand I found that sells allergy free bagels. They are so good, and come in so many flavors. The everything is my go-to, but the tomato basil and pumpkin are definitely also up there. I’ve used their bagels for overnight French toast bakes, for stuffing, and then of course for my traditional morning bagel with lox. The brand also came out with bagel chips, flour, and bread crumbs, which you can buy off their site. I usually buy in bulk from their site, and then if I need something in a pinch will pick up a bag at the local grocery store, Wegmans.
Bread SRSLY – This was an Instagram find. I was getting frustrated with not being able to find a delicious allergy friendly bread and found this one by accident through someone I follow. The brand is based in San Fran, so I buy it in bulk and ship it out. It freezes really well and is delicious – it truly tastes like traditional bread! The brand was overwhelmed by order so they are taking a bit of a break, but once their online store is back up and running I’d highly recommend it. If you live in the Bay Area I believe they are still selling it in select stores.