Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A vegan faux meat you've got to try

I saw this new frozen vegan faux meat product at Whole Foods and thought, "sure, the last thing we need is another faux meat" but bought it just the same. Hey I have to know what things taste like before recommending them, right?

This stuff ROCKS. It ranks top 5 (along with May Wah's edibles) for Best Vegan Meat Experience Ever. The soy-wheat protein blend cooks up into chewy, satisfying, non-uniform "cutlets" (more like small, irregular chunks). It's not organic but it is made with non-GMO soy. The sauce is absolutely delectable. The ingredients state that the sauce is just maltose (a sugar), plum juice, and vinegar, but the spices added to the product as a whole end up in the sauce, which is a wonderful combination of sweet, tangy, earthy, and spicy-hot.

I just microwaved it as directed; it was perfect "as is." But this is a fantastic meal starter, perfect for stir fries (I envision snow peas, broccoli, pineapple, carrots, and bell peppers with it); on skewers with grilled onions and bell peppers; chopped and tossed cold with edemame and soba noodles... the possibilities are deliciously endless.

One serving (1/4 of the box -- watch out; it's easy to overdo!) contains 210 calories, 12 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, 530 mg sodium, 3 grams fiber, and 6 grams sugar.

Brand: Vegetarian Plus
Web Site: vegeusa.com
Item: Vegan Citrus Sparerib Cutlets in Plum Vinegar Sauce

Vegetarian Plus sells other faux meat products as well, some (but not all) of which are vegan.


thedanmancan said...

Celebration Roast, if not my favorite faux meat, is definitely in my Top 5.

LC said...

You may want to read this article about VegeUSA products not being being Vegan....http://www.quarrygirl.com/2009/07/01/operation-pancake-the-plot-thickens/

Dina said...

LC, Holy Crap that is scary. I appreciate the tip and will definitely be on the lookout for more info on this. Incidentally, I contacted the company due to a labeling faux pas (one of my areas of expertise is in nutrition labeling) and they assured me it was an error and would be fixed. This is getting a bit to fishy for comfort, so I will go ahead and hold off on buying any more of these products until they get their act in gear and are definitely trustworthy (if that happens -- I have hope).

LC said...

Yes, that is definitely scary. Especially all the research and findings QuarryGirl turned up about supposed "vegan" products.