Posted in Product Reviews, Soups, Stews and Casseroles on Monday June 22, 2015, 6 a.m.
For months and months, I've heard my partner (who is very much vegan) talk about this weird craving he had for tuna. While this is a totally normal occurence when one has changed their diet and lifestyle from foods they've eaten their entire lives, there are several ways to deal with it. One is to just ignore until it leaves which is does eventually, or make a substitute using whole foods like my chickpea tuno salad. The last is to discover products from compassionate business like Sophie's Kitchen who make alternatives that are cruelty free and vegan.
So this is how this came into our lives, it's not easy to find in Canada, but thanks to a new online business based here called Vegan Supply (who will be officially open soon) we got our hands on 2 cans at Veg Expo 2015. Once I opened it, I was a bit sceptical. As you can see in the picture, it's dark brown and sort of looks like cat food. The smell was somewhat fishy, in a good way.
So I rolled up my sleeves and make a healthy version of one of my pre-vegan favorites: Toona Casserole.
The recipe uses coconut milk instead of the canned mushroom soup and mayonnaise that you would usually find in this dish. It's thickened with a bit of flour to really make it creamy and rich without overloading on the fat. I love it! The Toona did bring a little flavor of the sea without overwhelming everything. This dish is obviously not exactly the same, but it's great dish in it's own right.
Since my partner had a seond helping, the results speak for themselves. While he says it wasn't exactly what he rememebers either, it was satisfying. I don't think I would eat the Toona by itself, it requires a dish or something to meld with, for me anyways. Have you tried it? What did you think?