Vegan Meals Information of the Week: Spooky Cheese Puffs, Goal's Burrito Bowls, and Extra

It appears that evidently each week on the planet of vegan meals information is extra thrilling than the final, and this week isn’t any exception. New burrito bowls from Somos hit Goal cabinets nationwide to make mealtime a lot simpler. A vegan (and nut-free) model of Nutella from Voyage Meals is rolling out to Walmart. And the spooky season is in full swing with cheese puffs from Hippeas and haunted gingerbread homes from Sticky Fingers. Learn on for extra. 

1Spooky cheese puffs

Halloween is all about sweet. However for those who’re on the lookout for savory snacks to provide trick-or-treaters (or your self) this spooky season, vegan model Hippeas has simply the factor.  

The chickpea-based snack firm simply launched a limited-edition Halloween multipack of its Vegan White Cheddar Puffs, solely out there at Entire Meals shops for the 2023 Halloween season. 

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The Halloween multipack aligns with the model’s dedication to providing health-conscious, plant-based snacks and follows the identical Non-GMO Venture Verified, gluten-free, and vegan pointers as its different merchandise. 

Hippeas provides its chickpea-based snacks in puffs, chips, and straws codecs—in flavors akin to Vegan White Cheddar, Bohemian Barbecue, and Rockin’ Ranch—that are broadly out there at nationwide retailers akin to Entire Meals Market, Wegmans, Kroger, and choose places of Goal, Costco, and Walmart.

Who else loves Hippeas snacks? Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who invested within the model in 2017. 

2New burrito bowls at Goal

On the lookout for a straightforward weeknight meal? Head to your native Goal as a result of burrito bowls from Austin, TX-based firm Somos—which makes a speciality of Mexican ready-to-eat meals— simply launched at 1,800 shops nationwide. 

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“The Somos crew is honored to launch our merchandise in Goal shops, one of many nation’s most distinguished and widespread retail chains,” Miguel Leal, co-founder and CEO of Somos, mentioned in a press release. 

At Goal, Somos now provides two unique kits: Salsa Verde Burrito Bowl and Smoky Chipotle Burrito Bowl, every priced at $7.99. The Salsa Verde package features a pouch of Peacadillo in Salsa Verde, Mexican Black Beans, and Cilantro Lime White Rice, whereas the Smoky Chipotle package provides smoky chipotle mushrooms, pinto and black beans, and corn-based rice. 

Each kits are supposed for 2 servings and goal to supply fast and easy, but protein-rich, plant-based Mexican meal choices that may be ready in lower than 5 minutes. 

“One in all our objectives with Somos is to get American shoppers cooking Mexican meals of their house kitchens with the identical ease that they seize a field of pasta and jar of marinara sauce to prepare dinner Italian meals,” Leal mentioned. 

“Our Burrito Bowl Kits are the right resolution to assist individuals get comfy cooking scrumptious Mexican meals that showcases the richness of Mexican delicacies with out spending hours within the kitchen,” he mentioned. 

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Goal additionally provides seven particular person Somos merchandise that complement the Burrito Bowl Kits. These embody varied flavors of Salsa Macha, Mexican Road Corn White Rice, Smoky Chipotle Mushrooms, and different plant-based choices.

3Nut-free “Nutella”

We love every thing about Nutella, aside from the dairy. That’s why we love Voyage Meals’ model of the chocolate-hazelnut unfold, which doesn’t include any dairy or nuts, making it much more inclusive for individuals with nut allergic reactions. The corporate additionally provides a peanut-free unfold for all to take pleasure in. 

Leveraging proprietary expertise, Voyage Meals developed Hazelnut-Free and Peanut-Free Spreads that keep away from nuts, cocoa, and dairy, but ship on style and texture. Crafted from a mixture of seeds and legumes, the spreads supply essential vitamins like protein, calcium, and iron.

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This week, Voyage Meals launches its Hazelnut-Free and Peanut-Free spreads—priced at $4.98 per tub—at greater than 1,200 Walmart shops throughout the USA in addition to on-line. 

“Our launch at Walmart represents a major mark in our journey to make allergen-free meals accessible to a wider viewers,” Adam Maxwell, CEO and founding father of Voyage Meals, mentioned in a press release. 

“We’re proud to supply choices which might be allergy-friendly and extra reasonably priced than conventional nut spreads however nonetheless ship on distinctive high quality and taste,” Maxwell mentioned.

With its Walmart launch, the corporate is extending its attain from roughly 350 shops to greater than 1,600, positioning itself to cater to tens of millions of shoppers, together with these conscious of the highest 9 allergens. 

4Cereal milk-flavored shakes

Everybody is aware of that the very best a part of consuming breakfast cereal is consuming the vegan milk on the finish. And for those who’re on the lookout for this nostalgic expertise on the go, plant-based protein shake firm Koia has a brand new line for you. 

Accessible solely at Entire Meals Markets nationwide, Koia’s new breakfast-inspired line contains three fastidiously crafted flavors: Fruity Cereal, Cocoa Cereal, and Cinnamon Cereal (which style identical to Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, respectively). 

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“Initiating the unique launch of our new cereal line with Entire Meals marks a full-circle second for us, because it’s the place Koia received its begin almost a decade in the past, and has since been the bedrock of our model, bolstered by a powerful and evolving retail partnership,” Koia CEO Chris Hunter mentioned in a press release. 

Every vegan shake accommodates 18 grams of full plant protein from a specialised mix of brown rice, pea, and chickpea proteins, together with 9 important amino acids. This implies that you may really feel satiated whereas slurping down what tastes like your favourite sugary cereal. 

“Persevering with to discover ingenious avenues in our portfolio enlargement, we draw inspiration from manufacturers past our personal business, akin to our buddies at luxurious streetwear model Kith, which has brilliantly infused cereal into its brick-and-mortar Treats locations, hanging a chord with the modern nostalgia all of us share for relishing our cherished cereals throughout childhood,” Hunter mentioned.  

“We’re using that cereal wave and plan to have numerous enjoyable alongside the way in which,” Hunter mentioned. 

5Halloween adorning kits

Wish to take your spooky season to the following stage? Our buddies at vegan bakery Sticky Fingers have put collectively adorably spooky Halloween adorning kits that may ship nationwide in time for Halloween. 

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This fall, a Haunted Gingerbread Home Package ($35) and Eyeball Cake Pops (three for $12) can be out there at Sticky Fingers. Moreover, a Halloween Combo that features each the Haunted Home and Eyeball Pops is accessible for $45, so to construct your dream gingerbread home (full with royal icing and spooky sweet decor) whereas snacking on cake pops. 

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“We predict these are a enjoyable different to the normal gingerbread home that lets us be inventive whereas we’re getting within the plant-based Halloween spirit,” Sticky Fingers Founder Doron Petersan tells VegNews. 

“We embody vegan candies and cookies to brighten, and the royal icing dries firmly with aquafaba instead of egg whites,” she says. 

The kits and pops are additionally out there for native pick-up at Sticky Fingers in Washington, DC.

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