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You don’t need to miss eggs anymore.
Like us, you may have heard about Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg, and have been interested in trying it. We have been using various egg replacements ( Chia, flax, DIY vegan egg mix) with fair success. But we haven’t been able to find Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg anywhere in the stores by our Connecticut home. So it is been an unfulfilled desire–until now.
Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg On Vacation
We finally found them while we were recently on vacation in, of all places, Vieques island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. We had heard of a really excellent health food store, Yerbabeuna Y Mas, and spent several days searching about trying to find it. When we finally asked the locals where it was, of course, we found it immediately. Much to our surprise, minutes after walking in, we found Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg on the shelf. Our immediate next thought was “vacation brunch!” Since we were in a store with all the familiar vegan/organic/health food store fare we also picked up organic apricot preserves, Food for Life Sprouted Whole Grain English Muffins, and Field Roast sausages to really make it special. A vegan extravaganza was in the making.
Time For Brunch
Later that day, on the way back from the beach, we stumbled on the farmers market (something else we had heard about) and stopped to pick up a veggie haul. The wonderful onions and red peppers that were in it were headed for our upcoming meal.
So, the next day, on the first fully cloudy morning of our vacation, we decided against whipping up smoothies and dashing to the beach, and put on music and leisurely made our brunch instead.
The vegan eggs come cleverly packaged in a small “egg carton” (power of packaging familiarity). Inside is a small sheet of suggestions and info, and the “eggs” as a powder in a small bag. The carton closed just like a traditional egg carton but the mix bag, unfortunately is not resealable (perhaps an detail for improvement). The mix is uncomplicated and ready to go with the additional of cold water. The basic instructions are to combine with water and whisk. But the instructions suggest a blender for fluffier eggs – which is what we used. The included suggestions also recommend reducing the water by 25% when making more than 2 eggs. We were making 4 eggs and following those directions worked perfectly.
The process could not have been easier. We whipped up the eggs in the blender, then poured them on already sautéing vegetables and field roast sausage, gently stirred it for five or six minutes, and served. We both agreed it was indistinguishable in consistency, look, and taste from chicken eggs.
Time for brunch!
Scrambled Eggs, Too!
Brunch was delicious, obviously, but we wondered about just making a scramble. How good would that be? People can be very particular and attached to the texture of their scrambled eggs (we were, too). So, we made a batch according to the directions and, to be honest, it was just ok. Just a little bit dry and not completely fluffy but the exact amount of water and the exact cooking time does seem to make a big difference, so we aren’t making a comprehensive judgement until we fuss with it a little bit more. It was still delicious with a little salt and pepper and hot sauce added!
It sure looks like scrambled eggs!
- Extra Eco credits to Follow Your Heart that the carton is made from recycled cardboard, recycled water, and is completely biodegradable (not sure about the mix bag).
- According to the instruction sheet, you can make 100 vegan eggs with the same amount of water required for 1 chicken egg!! Wow!
- 1/3 of the fat and half the calories of a large chicken egg (and zero cholesterol).
- Gluten-free and cholesterol free, too!
So, What Do We Think?
While we always prefer whole foods over processed and packaged, we fully support the development of products like these because of the significant environmental impact and their essential cruelty-free nature. Imagine how accessible vegan eating will seem to non-vegan (or vegan-resistant) house guests when they are served a meal like this! That alone has huge value, in our opinion. Of course products like Vegan Egg also have huge appeal to people who are unlikely to be making their own “egg mix”, even though you can find many recipes on the web. For them, convenience is paramount.
Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg gets our enthusiastic recommendation. While it wasn’t perfect alone, it was excellent as a major component to a typical brunch scramble. We can’t wait to experiment with it more. We’re thinking french toast, pancakes, and baking–oh my! Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below!