I haven’t had a chance to eat at Lyfe Kitchen in Palo Alto but they already have their own line of packaged food, available at twenty select Costco locations throughout Northern California. None of the entrees are vegan but two of the soups are – the Smoky Tomato Bisque with Spicy Herb Croutons and the Sweet Corn Chowder with Smoky Chipotle Croutons (a top seller at the restaurant). I got to sample both and bought the chowder home.
It’s a nice chunky chowder with good flavor and not too salty. However, I did have to overlook the very subtle taste of red bell peppers. Not my favorite vegetable by a long shot yet somehow I can taste whenever it’s in food (isn’t that how it always is?).
Good as it is, it’s hard for me to justify buying soups as it’s one of the easiest things to make at home plus it freezes well. Still, if you’re not the cooking kind or if you’re short on time, it’s a great alternative. Located in the refrigerated section for $9.99. I would love to see if they come up with any vegan entrees.
I’ve been getting Hodo tofu ever since they first set up booth at the downtown Palo Alto farmers market. The firm tofu available at Costco is vacuum packed which I haven’t tried before, I usually get the fresh packed in water. Vacuum packed means there’s hardly any water and it seems denser, like it’s already been pressed, 2.25 lb for $5.29.
Vacuum packing the Five-Spice Tofu Nuggets makes them come out a bit squished but they still taste fine, 1 lb for $6.99, which is a great deal if you’ve ever gotten them at the farmers market.
Not pictured are the Spicy Yuba Strips which I liked the best of the Hodo Costco items but I was only able to find them at the Mountain View location, 1 lb for $7.49 (also a great deal). The other two were at the Redwood City location.
I’ve tried quite a few of the Gardein products over the past 3 years, some I liked better than others. After cooking with the chick’n strips for a week, they’re going in the “I like” column. They don’t seem as “wet” as some of their other chick’n products. And they aren’t pre-sauced, just seasoned making them ideal for cooking in pretty much any dish. One box has 4 pouches for $8.89.
Also on the shelf were Gardein meatless ground also for $8.89 which I haven’t tried yet. There’s only so much I can consume at any one time so I’ll be trying those another time.
Vegan Food Roadshows at Costco