I grew up eating vegetarian meat, tofu, and various vegetables along with kosher meat and kosher fish. I knew it wasn’t the norm when I was a child, and now as an adult, it’s not really the norm so much as it’s merely a trend. I know in other cultures, and on the west coast of the US, eating healthy is more common, more the norm, but here on the east coast it is damn near impossible to find healthy alternatives for cooking. I was told recently that Target started their own line of vegetarian meat, so I had to buy some and test it out. Good vegetarian meat and tofu can be cooked the same way you cook traditional meat. Do you enjoy BBQ chicken? You can season vegetarian chicken to taste just the same. Believe me, it’s just as good, if not better, and much healthier. While eating too much soy isn’t healthy, it is important to substitute the veggie meat with real vegetables too. Continue to check back for more mouthwatering vegetarian recipes!
This week I threw together the Gardein “The Ultimate Beefless Ground” with some gnocchi, side of peas and garlic bread.
I did not add any oil in the pot before adding the beefless meat and chopped onions and green peppers. I think the next time I cook this I will add some oil. When I added the sauce the beefless meat absorbed a lot of it so it was more a “Sloppy Joe” texture than a meat sauce. (I can not call this gravy because there is no meat. ha!) I think some oil will help coat the stuff so it’s less likely to absorb anything else. Cooking can be a science! I also did not add any salt to this mixture. Vegetarian meat can be very salty, at least to my pallet, so I don’t use much of it when cooking this kind of food. The other spices, I tossed them in. Oregano, basil, black pepper, garlic – all the fun.
The gnocchi is from Trader Joes, and the finished product was delicious (and smelled fantastic). I will buy the Gardein Brand again, and hope to try Target’s other vegetarian items as well.
Have you tried this product yet? What is your go-to brand for vegetarian products? If you are meat loyal, what is your favorite dish to prepare?