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The 100 Best: 2013 Foodie Awards

VT readers pick top grocery finds for every kind of shopper
The 100 Best

Not enough time to go grocery shopping and scour the aisles for above-and-beyond buys? We hear you. That’s why all us VT editors have been stuffing ourselves silly to find the tastiest veg items for you—whether you just ditched meat, have a house full of kids, or can’t wait to bake your next batch of cookies (or, hey, all of the above). For this year’s Foodie Awards, we nominated 100 products in 25 categories, matched them up with different personality types, and asked readers like you to vote for your favorites.

Grab this handy list the next time you restock your kitchen, and you’ll soon be navigating the supermarket like a pro.

THE NEWBIE VEGETARIAN
You just kicked the meat habit—now it’s time to veg out.

QUICK COMFORT FOOD

Readers’ Pick: Daiya Deliciously Dairy Free Fire-Roasted Vegetable Pizza
An extra-crispy crust and just the right amount of melty Daiya make this dairy- and gluten-free pie a must for pizza lovers.

Runners Up
Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl
Evol Veggie Fajita Burrito + Guacamole
Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli

MIGHTY GRAINS 

Readers’ Pick: Bob’s Red Mill Grains-of-Discovery Organic Farro
Great in soups and stews, this ancient Italian grain offers a nice change of pace from brown rice and quinoa. Think nutty, chewy, and perfectly hearty.

Runners Up
Lotus Foods Organic Volcano Rice
Lundberg Countrywild Rice
TruRoots Accents Organic Sprouted Quinoa Trio

LATEST & GREATEST MEATLESS BURGERS 

Readers’ Pick: Amy’s Black Bean Veggie Burger
Meet your new emergency lunch: a smoky, spicy patty packed with black beans, veggies, and earthy grains. Just add a bun, or eat it on a bed of steamed kale.

Runners Up
Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Sliders
Hilary’s Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burger
MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Burger

GOOF-PROOF TOFU & TEMPEH 

Readers’ Pick: Nasoya Organic Cubed Super Firm Tofu
Tofu-shy? No need to press the water from these firm-but-tender cubes, ready to toss into stir-fries and salads.

Runners Up
Lightlife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips
Turtle Island Foods Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh
Wildwood Organic SprouTofu Super Firm Cubed Tofu

CURRY SAUCES 

Readers’ Pick: Seeds of Change Certified Organic Madras Curry Sauce
Add fresh veggies to this lightly spicy sauce, and you’ve got a no-stress curry that totally beats takeout.

Runners Up
Curry Love Organic Caribbean Curry
Maya Kaimal Indian Coconut Curry Fresh Simmer Sauce
Tasty Bite Good Korma Cooking Sauce

THE BUSY PARENT
You’ve got mouths to feed and no time to cook.

GRILLED-CHEESE ESSENTIALS 

Readers’ Pick: Kerrygold Dubliner 100% Natural Cheese
This Irish classic melts evenly and has a taste all its own—slightly sharp like Cheddar, with a hint of Swiss-like nuttiness.

Runners Up
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Alternative Shreds
Go Veggie! American Flavor Rice Vegan Slices
Organic Valley Organic Unprocessed American Singles

VEG MEATBALLS 

Readers’ Pick: Amy’s Meatless Veggie Meatballs
For weeknight dinner in a jiffy, combine spaghetti, tomato sauce, and these plump, stick-to-your-ribs meatballs made with rice, tofu, quinoa, and lentils.

Runners Up
Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs
Nate’s Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs
Quorn Meatless & Soy-Free Meatballs

NUT BUTTERS 

Readers’ Pick: Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
Swap out sugary Nutella for this subtly sweet blend of hazelnuts and almonds, ideal for spreading on toast with sliced banana.

Runners Up
Artisana Raw Organic Cashew Butter
MaraNatha Organic No Salt Added Crunchy & Roasted Peanut Butter
Once Again American Classic Creamy Almond Butter

KID-FRIENDLY CEREALS 

Readers’ Pick: Barbara’s Bakery Puffins Original
Not just for kids, these beloved breakfast pillows stay crunchy and satisfying afloat in your bowl. They’re a solid source of fiber too.

Runners Up
Erewhon Organic Corn Flakes
Kashi Autumn Wheat Organic Whole Wheat Biscuits
Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Bites

APPLESAUCES 

Readers’ Pick: Santa Cruz Organic Apple Apricot Sauce
A touch of apricot perks up this sweet treat, which comes in both large jars and small cups for easier snacking on the fly.

Runners Up
Earth’s Best Kidz Organic Apple Sauce
GoGo Squeez Organic Apple Cinnamon Applesauce on the Go
Vermont Village Organic Mixed Berry Applesauce

THE WEEKEND BAKER
You break out the measuring cups and mixing bowls any chance you get.

VANILLA EXTRACT 

Readers’ Pick: Simply Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract
Just a few drops of this top-notch vanilla add aromatic oomph to everything from oatmeal to pancakes.

Runners Up
Frontier Fair Trade Organic Vanilla Extract
Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
Penzeys Spices Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract

BUTTER & BUTTER ALTERNATIVES 

Readers’ Pick: Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
These buttery-tasting sticks are straight up foolproof for veganizing a favorite cookie recipe (or, really, anything that calls for butter).

Runners Up
Kerrygold Naturally Softer Pure Irish Butter
Organic Valley Unsalted Cultured Butter
Plugrá European Style Unsalted Butter

BAKING CHOCOLATE 

Readers’ Pick: Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips
When you need quality chocolate chips pronto, look for these affordable, smooth-as-can-be morsels at any mainstream supermarket.

Runners Up
Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks
Green & Black’s Organic 72% Baking Chocolate
Scharffen Berger 70% Cacao Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Baking Bar

ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 

Readers’ Pick: King Arthur Flour Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
This organic winner consistently delivers light and fluffy baked goodies. Just as sweet: King Arthur Flour is a 100 percent employee-owned company.

Runners Up
Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour
Gold Medal Unbleached, Enriched & Presifted Organic All-Purpose Flour
Hodgson Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose Naturally White Flour

SHORTCUT PASTRY 

Readers’ Pick: The Fillo Factory Organic Fillo Dough
Stash these flaky pastry sheets in the freezer, and you’ll be ready to make luscious strudels and baklavas whenever the mood strikes.

Runners Up
Dufour Pastry Kitchens Classic Puff Pastry
Immaculate Baking Co. Ready-to-Bake Pie Crusts
Wholly Wholesome Bake at Home Organic Pie Dough

THE SUPER FOODIE
You sample all the hottest sips and nibbles.

CULTURED VEGGIES 

Readers’ Pick: Bubbies Pure Kosher Dills
Naturally fermented without vinegar or preservatives, these refrigerated pickles provide a healthful dose of probiotics with each cool, crisp snap.

Runners Up
Farmhouse Culture Naturally Probiotic Ginger Beet Kraut
Mother in Law’s Kimchi, Vegan Napa Cabbage
Wildbrine Madras Curry & Cauliflower Sauerkraut Salad

BEVERAGES WITH BENEFITS 

Readers’ Pick: Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural
Forget sports drinks—this not-too-sweet alternative tastes light and refreshing. Try freezing in ice cube trays and adding to green smoothies instead of ice.

Runners Up
GT’s Enlightened Organic Raw Kombucha, Multi-Green
KeVita Lemon Ginger Sparkling Probiotic Drink
Mamma Chia Organic Blackberry Hibiscus Vitality Beverage

POWER SNACKS 

Readers’ Pick: Eden Organic Wild Berry Mix Nuts, Seeds & Berries
This energy-packed snack contains none of the added salt, sugar, or sulfites often found in trail mix, but has plenty of chewy blueberries and crunchy pumpkin seeds.

Runners Up
Cruncha Ma-Me Edamame Veggie Snack, Lightly Seasoned
Now Real Food Crunchy Clusters Nut & Berry
Taste of Nature Exotics Himalayan Goji Summit Organic Food Bar

COCONUT OIL 

Readers’ Pick: Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Add subtle coconut flavor to sautéed veggies and more with this unrefined coconut oil. Rich in lauric acid, it may also help increase “good” HDL cholesterol.

Runners Up
Artisana 100% Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Ojio 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Ziggy Marley Coco’Mon Original Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

RAW GOODIES 

Readers’ Pick: Two Moms in the Raw Almond Butter Cacao Truffles
We love the delicate dusting of antioxidant-rich cacao on these chocolaty bites. Pop one for dessert or an energizing snack.

Runners Up
Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale, Naked
Go Raw Pumpkin Super Chips
Navitas Naturals Goji-Mulberry-Goldenberry Trail Mix

THE DISCERNING HOSTESS
You know how to throw a party—even at a moment’s notice.

FANCY CRACKERS 

Readers’ Pick: Sesmark Gluten Free Brown Rice Rice Thins
Crispy and slender, these brown rice rounds make first-rate vehicles for even the boldest of toppings. (They’re also great gobbled down plain.)

Runners Up
34° Whole Grain Savory Crisps
La Panzanella Mini Rosemary Croccantini
Lesley Stowe’s Fig and Olive Raincoast Crisps

HUMMUS SPREADS 

Readers’ Pick: Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
A roasty pine nut topping lends welcome crunch to this velvety hummus. Pair with baby carrots or pita chips for an instant appetizer.

Runners Up
Eat Well Enjoy Life Classic Hummus with Greek Yogurt
Lilly’s Roasted Garlic Hummus
Tribe Organic Hummus, Sweet Roasted Red Pepper

CHEESE PLATE STAPLES 

Readers’ Pick: BelGioioso Vegetarian Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan? Vegetarian? Yup, unlike typical Parmesan, this VT fridge fave contains no animal rennet, but tastes just as delicious.

Runners Up
Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam
Cypress Grove Chevre Humboldt Fog
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Original Blue 

VEGAN-FRIENDLY WINE 

Readers’ Pick: The Vegan Vine Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Avoiding wine filtered with animal products? California-based Vegan Vine makes four tasty varieties, but this bright, fruity Cab won out.

Runners Up
Cline California Zinfandel
Frey Vineyards Organic Chardonnay
Girasole Vineyards Pinot Blanc

FROZEN TREATS 

Readers’ Pick: So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk Butter Pecan Frozen Dessert
Nobody will guess this creamy, buttery-rich frozen dessert uses almond milk as its base. Pick up two pints—they’ll go fast.

Runners Up
Ciao Bella Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet
Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Mocha Maca Crunch Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert
Three Twins Organic Ice Cream, Sea Salted Caramel

October 2013

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comments

Another great vegan item for the discerning hostess is Alexian's Vegan pates.... Tomatoes Basil Vegan, Curry with Bell Pepper Vegan and Earthy Mushroom Vegan ! Available in 5oz slice packages !

Donna Kut z - 2013-09-30 17:25:31