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VT’s 2010 Foodie Awards: The Essential 30

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The Essential 30

VT staffers slurped, crunched, savored, and debated. We then created a ballot of 114 products in 30 categories for the 2010 Foodie Awards and left it to dedicated readers like you to weigh in. You responded by casting more than 100,000 votes. We’ve tallied the returns, and now it’s time to present the results: 30 Readers’ Faves and the delicious runners-up.

Here’s the complete list—with links to even more info on each of these spectacular fridge and pantry fillers. To read the feature story, “The Essential 30,” see the October issue of Vegetarian Times.

1. Nuts & Seeds
Readers’ fave:
Nut Land Berries & Cherries Crunch
Runners-up:
Equal Exchange Organic Tamari Roasted Almonds â?¨
NOW Pumpkin Crunch Clusters
Yumnuts Naturals Chili Lime

2. Frozen Pizzas
Readers’ fave:
Kashi Original Crust â?¨Mediterranean Pizza â?¨
Runners-up:
Amy’s Broccoli & Spinach White Pizza
Rising Moon Organics Grilled Veggie Pizza
Tofurky Italian Sausage & Fire-Roasted Veggie Pizza

3. Enlightened Beverages
Readers’ fave:
IZZE esque Sparkling Mandarin
Runners-up:
Numi Organic Tea Magnolia Jasmine Puerh Green Tea
Sambazon Antioxidant Elixir â?¨Açaí Berry
TeaZazz Naturalz

4. Freeze-Dried â?¨Fruit Snacks

Readers’ fave:
Crunchies Freeze Dried Organic Strawberries
Runners-up:
Funky Monkey Pink Pineapple
Mrs. Mays Apple Freeze-Dried Fruit Chips

5. Raw Goodies

Readers’ fave:
Earth Café Living Foods Rockin’ Raspberry Cheesecake
Runners-up:
Emmy’s Organics Dark Cacao Macaroons
Hail Merry Chocolate Mint Merry’s Miracle Tart
Earthling Organics Rawnola, Almond

6. Organic, Fair-Trade Bagged Teas

Readers’ fave:
Yogi Green Tea â?¨Goji Berry
Runners-up:
Bija Lemon Ginger Echinacea Herbal Tea Blend
Choice Organic Teas Sweet Liquorice Mint
Equal Exchange Organic â?¨Rooibos Tea

7. Chips

Readers’ fave:
Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Runners-up:
Flamous Brands Organics â?¨Original Falafel Chips
Good Health Natural Foods Avocado Oil Potato Chips, Barcelona
Terra Exotic Harvest â?¨Vegetable Chips, Sea Salt

8. Crackers

â?¨Readers’ fave:â?¨
Milton’s Original Multi-Grain Baked Crackers
Runners-up:
Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Original
Doctor Kracker Organic & Artisan-â?¨Baked Flatbread, Seedlander
Mary’s Gone Crackers Original

9. Natural â?¨Peanut Butters
Readers’ fave:
Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter, Creamy
Runners-up:
Justin’s Organic Classic Peanut Butter
Laura Scudder’s All Natural â?¨Old Fashioned Peanut Butter, Smooth

10. Jams & Fruit Spreads
â?¨Readers’ fave: â?¨
Eden Organic Apple Cherry Butter
Runners-up:
Bonne Maman Four Fruits Preserves
Crofter’s Superfruit Spread, Europe

11. Mayos
Readers’ fave:
Spectrum Organic Omega-3 Mayonnaise with Flax Oil
Runners-up:
Follow Your Heart Original Vegenaise
Miso Mayo Garlic â??N’ Dill
Nasoya Dijon Style Nayonaise

12. Breads
Readers’ fave:
Rudi’s Organic Bakery 7 Grain â?¨with Flax
Runners-up:
Alvarado St. Bakery California â?¨Style Complete Protein Bread
French Meadow Bakery â?¨Certified Organic 100% â?¨Rye Bread with Flaxseed

13. Baked Sweetsâ?¨
Readers’ fave:
Earnest Eats Choco Peanut Butter Bar
Runners-up: 
Health Valley Original Amaranth Bran Graham Crackers
Nairn’s Oat Biscuits, Mixed Berries
O’Cookies Wholesome Bites Vegan Dark Chocolate Raisin Oat

14. Veg Tortillas
Readers’ fave:
La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious â?¨100 Calorie Tortillas, Whole Wheat
Runners-up:
Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas
Rudi’s Organic Bakery Spelt Tortillas

15. Tofu Twists
Readers’ fave:
Wildwood Organics Royal Thai Baked SprouTofu
Runners-up:
Nasoya Silken Style Creations
Helen’s Kitchen Original â?¨GardenSteak
Soyganic Smoked Tofu

16. No-Moo Milks
Readers’ fave:
Almond Breeze â?¨Original, â?¨Unsweetened
Runners-up:
Edensoy Extra Original, Organic
Living Harvest Tempt Hempmilk, Original
Pacific Natural Foods Low Fat â?¨Plain Rice Milk

17. Vinegars
Readers’ fave:
Fleischmann’s Organic Apple â?¨Cider Vinegar
Runners-up:
Eden Selected Ume Plum Vinegar
Lucini Dark Cherry Balsamico
Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar

18. Rice & Quinoa
Readers’ fave:
Eden Organic â?¨Red Quinoa
Runners-up:
Alter Eco Black Quinoa
Lundberg Jubilee
Tasty Bite Basmati Rice

19. Frozen Desserts
Readers’ fave:
Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, Cherry Amaretto
Runners-up:
Choctal Costa Rican Chocolate â?¨Ice Cream
So Delicious Hibiscus Coconut â?¨Water Sorbet

20. Cereals
Readers’ fave:
Bear Naked 100% Pure & Natural Banana Walnut Cereal
Runners-up:
Barbara’s Shredded Wheat
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats
Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Raisin Bran

21. Soups

Readers’ fave:
Wolfgang Puck Organic Thick Hearty Vegetable Soup
Runners-up:
Dr. McDougall’s Black Bean Soup
Imagine Organic Creamy Broccoli Soup
Kettle Cuisine Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables

22. Frozen Entrées
Readers’ fave:
Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Non-Dairy Cheeze
Runners-up:
EVOL Burritos Tofu & Spinach Sauté
Kitchens of India Mutter Paneer with Basmati Rice, Naan & Pindi Chana

23. Bouillon
Readers’ fave:

Better Than Bouillon Organic Vegetable Base
Runners-up:
Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n
Rapunzel Vegan Vegetable Bouillon with Sea Salt

24. Quick Sauces

Readers’ fave:
Monique’s Rustic Roasted Garlic Sauce
Runners-up:
Maya Kaimal Tikka Masala Fresh Simmer Sauce
Seeds of Change Organic Madras Simmer Sauce
Stonehouse 27 Cilantro & Coconut Cooking Sauce

25. Cheeses (or Not)
Readers’ fave:
Organic Valley â?¨Raw Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Runners-up:
Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
Dr-Cow Tree Nut Cheese Aged Cashew & Hemp Seeds Cheese
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella Cheese Alternative
V-Bites Smoked Cheddar Style Cheezly

26. Spice Blends
Readers’ fave:
Bragg Organic â?¨Sprinkle Seasoning
Runners-up:
Frontier Natural Products Co-op Garam Masala
Frontier Natural Products Co-op Black Peppercorns with Chipolte
Jaffe Brothers Organic Northern Italian Seasoning

27. Liquid â?¨Sweeteners
Readers’ fave:

SweetLeaf Liquid â?¨Stevia, English Toffee
Runners-up:
Coombs Family Farms Pure Maple Syrup
Lundberg Sweet Dreams Organic Brown Rice Syrup
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Honey

28. Nut & Seed Oils
Readers’ fave:
Spectrum Organic Sesame Oil, Unrefined
Runners-up:
Bija Organic Hydro-Therm â?¨Almond Oil
La Tourganelle Roasted â?¨Pecan Oil

29. Organic â?¨Plain Yogurts
Readers’ fave:
Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, Plain
Runners-up:
Nancy’s Organic Plain Lowfat Yogurt
Wildwood Probiotic Soyogurt Unsweetened Plain
Voskos Organic Greek Yogurt Plain Non Fat

30. Gluten-Free â?¨Cookies & Cakes
Readers’ fave:
Amy’s Gluten Free Non-Dairy Chocolate Cake
Runners-up:
Ian’s Wheat Free/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Buttons
Immaculate Baking Co. Chocolate Chunk Gluten Free cookie dough
Mi-Del Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps

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