Back at it again with the Mock Meats! What can I say, it can be easier to transition to vegan choices when we still have the option of (mostly) meat-like substitutions. This week, we tried Gardein's Turk'y Cutlets and weren't dissapointed!
I have long been a fan of Gardein products. It seems like they are always coming up with (mostly) satisfying approximations to my old favorite meaty dishes, and Mr. R generally isn't picky (thank goodness) so he is my co-guinea pig in plant-based cooking adventures!
Generally speaking, these are a huge win! I was craving comfort food, and these cutlets definitely delivered. The texture is just a teeny bit mock-meaty, but the breading is perfectly crispy and delicious. I actually liked the gravy even though I've never been a "gravy person". They cooked evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and I flipped them halfway through. Served with a baked potato (vegan butter!), mixed green salad, and broccoli, it definitely is going to be a cold-weather favorite, (with a glass of wine of course).
The fact that these cook so quickly was a huge plus! It only took about 20 minutes total to get a satisfying dinner put together, which meant more time for Netflix and dessert.
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Okay, so I know this is tricky. Some in the faux-meat camp like their substitutions to taste as close to the "real thing" as possible, while others are happy to use a totally dissimilar food as a stand-in. I am a born and raised Chicagoan, and hot dogs are a huge part of the culture! Since I haven't quite warmed up to the idea of using carrot sticks as hot dogs, this post is about my favorite "Not-dog", Lightlife!
I first tried these over Independence Day last year. Everyone was enjoying the typical fare of potato salad, beer, chips, and salad, accompanied by a gigantic burger or hot dog fresh off the grill. For those of us who aren't big fans of meat, we usually have to cobble together a dinner of potato chips and wilted iceberg. This clearly won't do!
I had originally been hunting for a different brand of dog, coming up unsuccessfully, when the really nice guy at Fry's steered me towards these, saying they were their top seller.
And oh my, am I glad he did!
These come in two varieties, a regular dog and a "jumbo" dog. They are super easy to prepare in the microwave, with a little bowl of water to steam them. I made mine with a steamed bun, vegan potato salad, and some chips. The dog has a little bit of a "fake meat" texture, but looks and smells like its pork/beef counterpart. The big question of course, is taste. It has been quite some time since I've enjoyed a regular hot dog (really, check out the ingredients!) but with a little ketchup, mustard, and dill relish, I was in heaven. Just don't tell my friends back home in the Chi ;)