Thanks to a recent order through Spencer’s Market (please use my referral to join and check out some amazing vegan offers!), I got a sample of Heidi Ho Organics that included an 8 oz. container of their vegan Feta Crumbles.
We asked ourselves what recipe in which we used Feta Cheese that we would most want to veganize with this one sample of Feta Crumbles. Although Spanokopita was almost the choice we had another recipe that trumped it. We could not find the original recipe to make something we called Broccoli/Feta/Rice (we kinda said it all like one long word) but Jim made it so often, he put it together from memory.
As a side note, Feta Crumbles are a little oily, lemony and are seasoned with basil, oregano and parsley so wouldn’t work for veganzing any Feta Cheese recipes that might blend it with something like a sweet fruit compote or the like.
Broccoli Savory Rice
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 stalk celery, chopped
4 Cups steamed Rice
4 Cups chopped Broccoli crowns and tender stems
1 yellow Onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 Cup chopped spearmint
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 Cup sliced black olives
8 oz. Feta Crumbles by Heidi Ho Organics
1/4 Cup vegan Chardonnay
1 teaspoon dried Basil
salt and black pepper to taste
Heat a wok over medium high heat and add olive oil. Sauté the onions and when they are translucent, add the celery. After about the same amount of time for the celery, add garlic and sauté for a minute before adding the broccoli. Stir to coat broccoli with oil then add the wine and cover to deglaze and steam all of the vegetables in the wok.
When the broccoli is tender, add cooked rice, lemon juice, black olives, Feta Crumbles, basil, salt and black pepper. Over medium heat, stir to mix completely until warmed through. Stir in mint, turn off heat and cover for 5 minutes before serving.
We were really thrilled to be able to try a vegan feta cheese product. The Feta Crumbles are quite tasty but a little less salty and more oily than feta cheese but a fine replacement. We are really enjoying a lot of the samplers that we have been able to purchase through Spencer’s Market. I get a few little perks (like temporary free shipping) if you sign up through my referral. I think you will be excited to see the products that they have. No obligation to ever buy but if you see a set of products you like I suggest placing your order as quickly as possible because they sell out. Enjoy!