Top Pick Of The Week

July 3, 2012


Even our 41st president might enjoy broccoli in these delightful nuggets with cheese. All photography courtesy Veggie Patch.

WHAT IT IS: Meatless entrées and snacks.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Inspired family favorites.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A delicious way to go meatless, as often as you want.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Retailers nationwide (store locator.

Few people will know that the Chick’n Cutlet is vegetarian chicken.

We liked every variety we tried so much, we bought them again the very same week.


Veggie Patch: Delicious Vegetarian Cuisine In Minutes

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We review a lot of artisan and gourmet food products, but most of them don’t end up in our weekly shopping cart. Yet, some seemingly conventional products make it onto the list of foods we enjoy regularly.

Veggie Patch is one such brand: family-friendly meatless entrées and snacks with delicious appeal.

  • The “chicken” and “hot dogs” taste like the real deal.
  • The broccoli and spinach nuggets appeal to stalwart vegetable-avoiders.
  • It’s easy to provide vegetarian burgers, hot dogs and corn dogs at barbecues.
  • There are options in the freezer for vegetarian visitors. (The tough part is refraining from eating them in the interim.)
  • The convenience—from freezer to plate in minutes*—can’t be beat.

Veggie Patch joins two other Top Picks Of The Week, vegan brands Lightlife and Vegetarian Plus as “regulars” in our freezer (Veggie Patch is vegetarian but most items are not vegan).

*For most of products, the oven or toaster oven is the recommended heating appliance. But we cooked everything in the microwave, which worked just fine (and uses less energy).


It’s Fun To Eat Your Veggies

The line consists of:

  • Burgers, Franks & Meatballs: Meatless Corn Dogs, Meatless Meatballs, Ultimate Meatless Burgers, Veggie Dogs
  • Falafel: Traditional chickpea balls and Mediterranean Chickpea Patties with added spinach and onion.
  • Snacks/Sides: Broccoli Bites With Cheese, Spinach Bites With Cheese, Potato And Mushroom Puffs, Spinach Nuggets, Zucchini Sticks.
  • Vegetarian Chicken: Chick’n Cutlets, Chick’n Nuggets, Meatless Buffalo Wings

We haven’t had all the varieties, but those we’ve have been excellent. The products are all natural: no artificial flavors and colors, no chemical preservatives,  no trans fats.


Where To Find Veggie Patch

Veggie Patch products are sold in two areas of the grocery store: in the frozen aisle or, for chilled products like Spinach Nuggets, in the produce section, usually near the bags of ready-to-eat salad.

Here’s a store locator.

Some people choose to go meatless for ethical, health, religious or environmental reasons. While we’re on the sustainable/environmental bandwagon, we buy meatless prepared foods like Veggie Patch because they’re delicious. Try them!

— Karen Hochman

Get Cooking!

Quick Fix Vegetarian   Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook   How To Cook Everything Vegetarian

Quick Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less, by Robin Robertson. Healthy, flavorful meals with a minimum amount of effort. More information.


The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook, by Robin Robertson. Eating vegetarian does not mean giving up delicious, hearty and satisfying food. More information.


How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food, by Mark Bittman. Simple meatless recipes with great flavor. More information. More information.


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