I generally don’t like fake meat products but I am in love with two brands: Gardein and Field Roast. I can’t get enough of their stuff.
Their combination of wheat gluten and soy protein makes for a chewy texture that’s not too meaty. Products include popular presentations of beef, chicken and fish with such items as beef tips, chicken strips and crab cakes. Most ingredients are organic and recognizable with the sodium content not too excessive for a processed product (about 12% per serving; the ideal is 5% or less). Check out their website for a complete list of products and some recipes. How to have them? Here are some ideas:
- ‘chicken’ and waffles
- mandarin orange chicken with steamed brown rice and sautéed mushrooms and bok choy
- ‘fish’ and chips. Oven roast some organic Yukon gold potatoes cut into wedge shapes. Serve with ‘fish’ and a side of vegan mayo mixed with relish and/or lemon juice for some instant tartar sauce.
Or have one of their pocket meals when you’re too busy to cook but want something substantial, tasty and reasonably healthy.
Field Roast uses what they call ‘grain meat’ i.e. wheat gluten, a plant protein found in wheat, barley and rye. I first sampled this company’s sausages at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival and have been getting them regularly ever since…except for a brief hiatus.
There was a period of time when they were not allowed to be distributed in Canada. Apparently the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency had a beef with Field Roast products.
They’re back now! Use the sausage in gumbo, with scrambled tofu or in a hot dog bun. My favourite are the apple sage ones.
What other inventive ways can you come up with to eat these products?