French Black Beans and Mushrooms with Gravy Vegan

There's something really satisfying about mushrooms treated in a french preparation. Wine, mustard and thyme are one of those classic combinations that evoke a fine dining experience without the fine dining price tag. 1 pint baby bella mushrooms chopped small 1 can black beans, rinsed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbl tsps soy sauce 2 tbl spicy mustard 2 tsps  prepared, jarred, horseradish (horseradish, vinegar and salt) 1 tbl hot sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tbls olive oil 2 tsps dry thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsps salt When you cook down mushrooms some kind of molecular magic happens that turns bland, spongy fungi into a delectable culinary powerhouse. Add some wine and a few other components and you've got a deep, dark saucy ragout that will make anything you cover it with irresistible.  It's a simple mixture that yields complex tastes and textures.  It won't take up a lot of your time to make, but you'll have a hard time not eating it all in one sitting.  Start yo

Lightlife Taste Tests

So I've tried several Lightlife foods. Smart Deli turkey, ham and bologna style. Lightlife hotdogs too.

The bologna style is great. Really great. I love it. Perfect smell, flavor and texture.

The hot dogs are also good. Very nice taste. Good scent. Texture, not perfect, but very nice.

The turkey and ham, I liked, but did not love. But that is just me. They had their merits. The texture was good. I just thought the flavor was lacking a little bit. IMHO the bologna style is better.

I still need to try the fake ground beef. I wanted to try the buffalo wings, but the eggs in the ingredients turned me off. I don't eat eggs.

I saw on their website they have all kinds of items I've never seen in my local stores. Sigh. Their veggie burgers look really good. And are vegan from the ingredients listed on their site.

Some of their stuff can be expensive. The ground beef is. $3.99 for that little packet seems extreme. But the deli slices and dogs are very reasonable. $2-3 per pack. And I get 4-5 sandwiches out of them. More out of the dogs. I just eat one at a time. Even when I eat two it's still 4 times.

Their bologna deli slices are great with pickle and onion. If you eat cheese they are supreme with borden american singles (which are vegetarian) or any of many vegetarian cheddar cheeses.

Their dogs are awesome with sauerkraut and some ketchup or mustard. Or cut them up and mix them into some mashed potatoes. Heaven.