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Vegan Frozen Entrees: It’s What’s For Dinner

Vegan Frozen Entrees: It’s What’s For Dinner


Have you ever wanted, after enjoying a fabulous gourmet meal at your favorite vegan restaurant, to find that same meal in your supermarket as a frozen entree?  The owners of Candle Café and Candle 79 in New York City have recently established a line of great-tasting entrees that will excite the palate of vegans and non-vegans alike.

Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson, the restaurants’ owners and life partners, are dedicated vegans who also believe in making the planet green. “I initially became vegan for the health benefits,” Potenza told me.  “Then I realized being vegan meant compassion for animals and more eco-friendly practices for the planet.”

“We believe that eating a plant-based diet and choosing local organic foods is the most direct and simplest way to create a more peaceful, sustainable world,” says their website.

Planning for Candle Café Frozen Meals has been in the works for a couple of years now.  The line was launched about two weeks ago.  Currently, Whole Foods Markets are the only place these gourmet vegan frozen entrees are available.  There are four varieties to choose from: Seitan Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce, Ginger Miso Stir-Fry, Tofu Spinach Ravioli, and Mac & Vegan Cheese.

I’ll admit my research for this article included tasting the meals with friends for feedback.  We all liked them a lot. Potenza tells me the feedback he has received so far is overwhelmingly positive.  They will continue to monitor the sales with a goal of expanding the menu line in the future.  They are also toying with the idea of bulk packaging — like a large bag of the tofu spinach raviolis — for convenience sake.

Candle Café and Hain Celestial Group, Inc. produce the frozen meals and both companies are dedicated to animal welfare and eco-friendly practices.  This is evidenced on the packaging: “We share our passion by proudly supporting the Humane Society of the United States and Farm Sanctuary, two animal protection organizations.”

According to its website, “Farm Sanctuary rescues animals, educates the public about the centrality of the vegan diet to compassionate living, and advocates for animals through investigation, prosecution, legislation and litigation.”  That’s my definition of a higher purpose.

“The frozen food aisle has traditionally been a pretty chilly place for farm animals,” says Potenza. “We wanted to prove that not a single animal needs to suffer for you to enjoy the decadence of a gourmet meal and the convenience of a frozen dinner.”

“Candle Cafe is a renowned leader in fine vegan dining, and its commitment to making the world a more compassionate place through the distribution of delicious, convenient and affordable vegan food is inspiring,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur. “The vegan movement is going mainstream.”

Candle Café and Candle 79 also have cookbooks published where you can get recipes for some fabulous vegan dishes.  Have you tried vegan food yet?

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5:23PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

Yeeeaaahhh!!! Not really a frozen dinner person, but it's great to see the options out there for people who are or for flesh-eaters who are veg-curious and don't have the time to buy ingredients and whip up meals that imitate what they might be used to eating themselves.

2:15PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

it's about time

9:27AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

I agree with I rather have someone pick up these then tysons and banquet and also stouffer's because, these are animal friendly meals and more better for you. I am Vegetarian right now but in near future to work on the Vegan part, I hate how corporations of traditional foods are getting more rich of making garbage foods but, not care for peoples health.

1:39PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I am a vegan and generally don't buy any packaged foods. Yet it would be nice if you had some frozen vegan food at hand when you are in a hurry or don't feel like preparing a meal. I wish our Supermarket in Bermuda would carry some vegan frozen food.

4:28PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

cant wait to try it

2:33AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

No thank you. I don't do prepackaged foods.

10:50PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Great! But what's the sodium content of these frozen dishes?

7:00PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Love when they open up more options to those of us who don't want to eat animals. I will definitely try these.

11:23AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

they look just yummy ............. oh ! and at Whole Foods, where the bread area is, you can find the most "delicious" vegan carrot loaf.

11:31PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

There are plenty of brands of tofu and soymilk that are made from non-GMO soy. They're clearly labeled. I, too, am saddened that many people don't seem to care. Still, in a pinch I'd rather someone reach for one of these meals than one from Banquet or Tyson.

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