A New York lawyer's adventures with animal-free eating
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I’ve used these to make everything from nachos to butter curry “chicken” to “chicken” parm, etc. Basically anything that you would use chicken for, you can use this for with great results. I LOVE Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini. Like most similar fake meat products, these little chicken breasts soak up sauces very well for some truly fabulous flavorful dishes. Even non-veg people agree that the taste and texture is quite similar to actual meat.
Verdict: I use these all the time and will continue to do so. I recommend these to others regularly.
Sometimes you just want to eat something that reminds you of being a kid. Gardein’s Crispy Tenders are perfect for those times.
These little guys are pretty good. Not fabulous, but solidly good. Much like their meat counterparts, you’re like “I wonder what’s in these…” But because Gardein products are vegan, you don’t have to worry much. These are super easy to prepare – just pop them in the oven or toaster oven for a bit, then they’re ready to go. They’re excellent for dipping into prepared sauces, or for covering with buffalo sauce and using in a sandwich… whatever you like.
Verdict: I get these pretty regularly.
Awhile back, I decided to give Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon Marinated Tempeh a try, and Ed agreed to give it a go with me. First, I pan-fried a few pieces to go with some vegan pancakes (which turned out more like crepes). The flavor is good – quite close to bacon, I thought. The texture is quite similar to thick cut bacon. Even Ed thought it was alright, which is saying alot. Him being willing to eat something is quite a testament to how good it is (he’s super picky).
Later that day I decided I wanted something I hadn’t had in forever — a BLT. Unfortunately, I was out of lettuce, so it was more like a VBT: Vegenaise, “bacon,” and tomatoes. Again, the flavor was really good. With Vegenaise and tomatoes fresh from our garden, it was a fabulous, fast, and easy meal.
Verdict: Very good. This will probably become a fairly regular part of my diet when I want something super easy and fast to throw together.
I’ve been on a roll, testing all sorts of new products. I’ve been liking some of the Gardein products that have come out recently. They’re definitely better than some of the older, more established products in terms of texture.
With regard to the Burgundy Trip, the taste of the “beef” was alright. Not particularly beefy, but not bad. Good texture tho. And the rice was cooked very well, considering it’s supposed to be microwaved. The sauce was meh. Not great. Nothing special at all. Boring, really. It just didn’t have good flavor.
Verdict: I would definitely eat these again, but I would definitely dress them up with my own sauces and seasonings… I bet this would taste good with a homemade BBQ sauce or a steak sauce to mask the meh flavor.
I found Yves Heart’s Desire Meatless Beef Strips at our local Hannaford the other day. My husband bought some beef, so we decided to have fajitas for dinner last night. I sauteed the strips in olive oil with onions, green peppers, banana peppers and mushrooms, then added my favorite “mexican” seasoning (I make from scratch, so it’s gluten free).
While I didn’t think the strips tasted particularly beefy, they could definitely pass for it when in a strong seasoning. They picked up alot of the flavor from the spices. The look and texture were great – very meat-like. I will definitely get these again when I don’t have much time to make dinner…