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The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

My Saturday mornings as a kid were spent watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and tearing through a box of cereal. Ever since those days, I’ve loved having a bowl of cereal, curling up on the couch, watching some Netflix – or whatever everyone watched before […]

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VEGAN BURGER TASTE TEST

VEGAN BURGER TASTE TEST

I wasn’t always Vegan; in fact, it’s only been about 10 years since I’ve eaten meat and 7 years since I quit dairy, BUT what I do remember is what a juicy burger tasted like. Like many of us Vegans, we didn’t stop eating meat […]

VEGAN SKYLINE CHILI

VEGAN SKYLINE CHILI

Why vegan skyline chili? I don’t know if it’s all the moving around my husband and I have done for the past 16 years or that this is the last year of my 30’s, but I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately; movies, music, amusement parks and food. I am aware amusement parks is a random throw in…I’m an adult kid when it comes to rollercoasters. Love them!

I grew up in Ohio and remember visiting Cincinnati back when Skyline Chili wasn’t a canned food or frozen box in your local grocery store. It throws me for a loop every time I see it in an aisle.

It’s Been At Least 16 Years Since I’ve Eaten Skyline Chili

And now I’m a Vegan! To be fair, I have been Vegan for over 7 years now but that doesn’t mean that nostalgic taste of a Skyline Coney or the smell of the chili leaves my senses.

Why haven’t I tried to make it before? I have no idea… but maybe it’s the nostalgia that’s been playing with my mind lately making me want to now.


The History Of Skyline Chili

When searching for an ingredients list that I could replicate but in a vegan way, there was no ingredients list to be found from Skyline Chili. It’s a secret recipe. What I did find was a story…

To summarize, Cincinnati Chili originated with immigrants from Greece in 1922. Two brothers, Tom and John Kiradjieff, began serving a stew they called, “spaghetti chili.” It was made with traditional Mediterranean spices and served in their hot dog stand called Empress. After customer feedback, the chili, which was once cooked with the spaghetti, was changed to be more of a sauce to top the spaghetti and hot dogs.  Grated cheese was later added.

The “Way” system was also originated by these 2 brothers, Tom and John, to make ordering more efficient. From what I gather the secret recipe stayed a secret but amongst the restaurant Empress and everyone who created a business out of their original recipe thereafter.

In 1949, a former employee of Empress, Nicholas Lambrinides, started Skyline Chili. He was 70 years old. Many other Cincinnati Chili type restaurants came from Empress, including Gold Star Chili.


How Did I Create My Recipe

After reading the labels on the canned Skyline Chili, the frozen boxes, the Skyline website, other peoples versions of the recipe and Wikipedia, I found that I was going to have to combine and edit all of these ingredients.

For instance, homemade versions of Skyline Chili tends to be soupier, have cocoa in it and no paprika.

As we all know, who have actually been to Skyline Chili, their chili is NOT soupy–like I mentioned earlier–it’s more of a topping. Cocoa was never in put in the original recipe. And paprika is on the ingredients list from the canned/frozen product.

Please people, do not call it Skyline Chili if you really aren’t doing it at least semi-right….

Vegan Skyline Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Gardein Beefless Ground or approx 3 1/4- 3 1/2 cups of a meatless ground
  • 1 cup onion, diced about 1/2 a large onion
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 16 oz tomato sauce, canned
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vegan worcestershire
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp paprika, ground
  • 1/8 tsp all spice, ground
  • 1/8 tsp cloves, ground
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  • In a soup pot, over medium/high heat, add ALL of the ingredients! ...except for the bay leaf
    Skyline Chili mise en place
  • Stir Well. Once the chili starts to boil stir again then turn temperature down to low. Now add the bay leaf to the top and push in. If you stir it in right away, you risk the leaf breaking since it's dry. Cover with a lid.
    Skyline Chili Pot
  • Chili will be simmering for a total of 60 minutes. Set timer & stir at 30 minutes. Keep an eye on it, stirring more often the last 15 minutes of cooking time. 
    Skyline Chili is NOT meant to be soupy. It should have a little liquid left at the end of cooking but be more of a topping. If it is looking really soupy, leave uncovered the last 10 minutes & continue to stir. 
  • Turn off heat & allow to cool. >Scoop out the bay leaf and discard<

Notes

:: For the BEST tasting Skyline Chili, allow to cool, refrigerate overnight & warm up the next day. This allows the flavors to continue to marry. 

 

Which Way Do You ‘Way’ It?

Skyline Spaghetti

 

  • 2 Way : Spaghetti topped with Chili
  • 3 Way : Spaghetti topped with Chili & Grated Cheese
  • 4 Way : Spaghetti topped with Chili, Onions & Grated Cheese
  • 5 Way : Spaghetti topped with Beans, Chili, Onions & Grated Cheese

OR

  • Cheese Coney : Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Chili, Onions & Grated Cheese

Tips 

  • Dice extra onions for topping when prepping ingredients for Chili
  • Traditionally, oyster crackers are added to the top of the spaghetti (see pic above)
  • The BEST grated cheese we have used is from the Daiya Medium Cheddar Block. When grated, this Vegan Cheese has been the most like the fluffy grated Skyline Chili we remember loving.
  • If making a Coney, place your hot dog in bun then microwave for 20 seconds. The bun becomes much softer to eat. Add toppings after.
  • And the MOST IMPORTANT tip to remember is Skyline Chili Spaghetti is eaten by Cutting It! There will be none of that wrapping your spaghetti around the fork.

I have had omni & vegan reviews from those that KNOW Skyline. I’m told this is LEGIT. I agree!
-Jen

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AVOCADO VEGAN MATTRESS REVIEW

AVOCADO VEGAN MATTRESS REVIEW

You’ve either clicked on this review because you are looking in to buying an Avocado Mattress or are intrigued by the combo of words; Avocado, Vegan AND Mattress. I certainly was when their advertisement came through my Facebook feed a little over 2 months ago. […]

Vegan Protein Cookie Showdown – Lenny & Larry vs Munk Pack

Vegan Protein Cookie Showdown – Lenny & Larry vs Munk Pack

I love testing out all these new vegan protein products that I see all over the place now. A new product I ran across yesterday was Munk Pack vegan protein cookies. Since I’m somewhat of a vegan protein cookie aficionado (check out our Ultimate Lenny […]


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The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

My Saturday mornings as a kid were spent watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and tearing through a box of cereal. Ever since those days, I’ve loved having a bowl of cereal, curling up on the couch, watching some Netflix – or whatever everyone watched before Netflix.
 
Going vegan has taken a blowtorch to all my favorite cereals
 
So, I set out to find what are the best vegan cereals. After spending over $100 on cereal I learned a few things. First, I learned buying 20 plus boxes of cereal will have people look at you like you’re a lunatic. Secondly, I learned what cereals are good, which are great and which taste like the box it came in.

With each ranking,

I’ll give you the low down on the taste, calories and protein and on some cereals Jen (the smarter and more responsible vegan) will give you facts you need like processed sugar being used etc. With that being said, TASTE was the top determiner on where these cereals were ranked. As you’ll learn through these rankings, as I did while reviewing where I placed each cereal, that I’m still that kid on Saturday morning when it comes to how I want my cereal to taste.

Secondary to taste was calories and protein content.

I’m an avid weightlifter and while I’ve learned that you don’t need to consume animal products to get the protein I need, I like to be very aware of where all my protein is coming from. I’ve also switched the serving size from the arbitrary serving size that they give you on the box, which is random and different on each cereal, to my own personal serving size of 2 cups. This is the amount that fits in my cereal bowl that I made in art class in high school YEARS ago.

Here we go – a complete ranking of the 21 best vegan cereals starting with…

Nature's Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple

21. Sunrise Crunchy Maple – When you’re doing a list of the best vegan cereals, someone has to be last. For this list it’s Crunchy Maple. To sum it up in one word – Weird. There are a lot of flavors and textures competing in the bowl and it just didn’t make any sense to me. There are Rice Krispy type pieces, little puffs and flakes – all different tastes and textures. I honestly don’t think any of them on their own would be all that bad, but all together it’s a train wreck. Avoid if possible.

Calories: 330
Protein: 6g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO & Organic on packaging

20. Fiber One Original – Tastes like the box it comes in. Next.

Calories: 240
Protein: 8g

19. Van’s Simply Delicious Cinnamon Harvest – It’s hard to look at the Cinnamon Harvest box and not think, hey, these should taste kinda like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Fact is, they don’t. At all. Maybe they don’t deserve to be this low, but all I can taste when I eat them is disappointment.

Calories: 320
Protein: 5g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Gluten Free, Non GMO, Organic, Corn Free, Dairy Free & Nut Free on packaging

18. Rip’s Big Bowl Triple Berry Walnut Cereal – These are super healthy–possibly the healthiest cereal on this list. Based on pure taste these are, well, not really the reason you’re choosing Engine 2. You have to go into the bowl fully aware that you’re about to have a healthy, really good-for-you cereal. I feel like it would take awhile to get your taste buds to the point where you really enjoy it. However, if you’re all-in on a healthy bowl of cereal, go for it. Also, I believe the term is “nutrient dense” – a 2 cup serving packs over 500 calories and 19g of protein, both second on this list.

Calories: 533
Protein: 19g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan and Low Sodium on packaging

17. 365 Morning O’s – Booooooooooring. So unbelievably boring. These are the 365 version of Cheerios. It’s not that they’re bad, they’re just super bland. There are better options out there. If you are eating these straight up, without adding other things to them then I’m concerned you live a joyless life.

Calories: 200
Protein: 8g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Organic, and Kosher on packaging

16. Barbara’s Original Puffins – Like a slightly worst tasting (although admittedly healthier!) Cap’n Crunch. Very much a, “Cap’n Crunch slightly destroy your mouth,” texture. As far as flavor goes, they have a slight cinnamon flavor and not much else. However, they’re definitely a tier up from the bottom three on the list. I probably wouldn’t buy these again, but if they were in the pantry, I wouldn’t hesitate to pour myself a bowl.

Calories: 240
Protein: 5g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Non-GMO & Kosher on packaging

15. Cap’n Crunch – I think most of us are aware that Cap’n Crunch is not a “healthy” cereal. But when your pantry is loaded up with organic and non GMO cereals with whole grains, protein, flax and all kinds of other health conscious ingredients – my goodness does Cap’n Crunch seem awful for you. If you can get around the food colorings and ingredients you can’t pronounce AND the fact that at 3g it’s the lowest protein content of any cereal on the list, Cap’n Crunch is still the great tasting cereal that will destroy the inside of your mouth with it’s jagged edges.

Calories: 293
Protein: 3g

Jen’s Notes: Contains Brown Sugar, Palm and Yellow Dyes. Brown Sugar gets processed using bone char. Palm oil devastates forests, animals and people. Look for products that use responsibly sourced palm oil or avoid it all together. Yellow Dye #5 & #6–all I can say is do your research. Many studies have been done on these dyes, require special labeling in Europe or are banned all together in other countries. 

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