One of the fun parts of running Go Dairy Free is getting to try new and interesting foods on a regular basis. In fact, I’ve had to become quite particular in what we choose to review, and only take on products that I think we will be able to recommend. That being said, I was skeptical about the new products from Elianni. I’m not really a connoisseur of vegan alternatives, but these products were just too intriguing to pass up. The Veggie Rolls from Elianni are:
- Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and soy-free by ingredients
- Certified organic and kosher parve
- Made with all-natural and completely legible ingredients (seriously, not even a “gum” or “natural” preservative in sight)
- Quite filling, offering a good dose of vegan protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats with no added sugars
- Completely shelf-stable for up to 15 months
- Peanut-based! Yes, peanut – fascinating
I was leery of the veggie rolls, but to my amazement, I truly enjoyed them!
The Elianni Veggie Rolls don’t taste pea-nutty at all, but rather have a pleasant savory flavor that is rather addicting. The texture is unique, almost like a cross between noshing on cold cheddar cheese and a piece of bread or soft crackers. I know, very odd, but I can’t think of how else to describe it. They are tender, and quite suitable for topping crackers and veggie rounds, or simply slice and chomp them as a snack, like we did.
My hands down favorite was the Tomato Veggie Roll. Rich with bold flavorful and a hint of smokiness, I found it difficult to stop grabbing slices of this unique snack, which was surprisingly filling. Runner-up was the Fine Herbs Veggie Roll, which had a more delicate flavor. Taste wise, it was actually on par with the mellow Mediterranean Veggie Roll, but the divine scent of fresh herbs bumped up the pleasure experience. The Mushroom Veggie Roll was still quite good, but the mushrooms made the texture a bit denser.
I’m still not 100% sure on how to serve Elianni’s Veggie Rolls, but for now, we are enjoying them as snacks and I even crumbled some into a big lunch salad. You might find them to be the perfect vegetarian and vegan addition to the “cheese” platter at your next holiday party, especially since they will suit nearly all of your special diet guests (not for the peanut allergic, naturally). If you do come up with a tasty way to serve them, leave a comment, I’d love to hear!
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, this meat-free delight is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. Nonetheless, read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes before consumption if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Elianni website at www.toeatwell.com.