|Looks like chicken. Cooks like chicken. No chicken in here!|
I love my basic, whole-food plant proteins. Give me tempeh, tofu and seitan, any day. But I had never been much of a mock meat person [down with Frankenfoods!]...that is until non-GMO Soy Curls and Field Roast products came around. With veganism inching its way further "center of left," our armamentarium of products, including delicious mock meats, continues to grow – the trifecta now includes Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips. The nice folks at Beyond Meat sent me some free products to try. I sampled all three varieties of their Chicken-Free Strips and to put it simply: I'm hooked.
|I tried all three Chicken-Free Strips flavors: Grilled, Lightly Seasoned and Southwest Style|
Okay, Chicken-Free Strips are not exactly health food – but they are made from pronounceable, non_GMO ingredients and are a nice treat, especially when you're stressing over what to make for dinner. This chicken-sub product, made mainly from pea protein, zings with flavor. I like the Southwest and Lightly Seasoned flavors best. But plain is also good for DIY seasoners.
Chicken-Free Strips seem especially well-suited for vegan newbies or those unwilling to move to a plant-based diet because they like the taste of meat. Chicken-Free Strips' moist, firm texture may just win them over. At $5 a container, they are pricey but currently, most packages include 75 cents-off coupons you can use on your next purchase. I have been buying a container every week. Since I'm running lots of miles these days, I need extra protein, and these provide fodders for no-brainer lunches, in sandwiches as chickenless salad, or as salad toppers.
The Southwest Chicken-Free Strips made for muy bueno improvised tacos. I sauteed some onions, garlic and green peppers in olive oil and added some powdered chipotle, then I tossed in cubed Chicken-Free Strips. I stuffed this mixture in some blue corn hard taco shells and topped with shredded veggies. You could also add some vegan cheese, like Daiya Pepperjack. [Margaritas not pictured!]
When it comes right down to the realities of my currently crazy-busy life, I've used the strips mostly as a salad topper, sometimes sauteed in herbs and white wine – or frankly on some busy evenings, simply warmed through in the microwave. They are most definitely a keeper.
The nice folks at Beyond Meat gave me two free product coupons which I'll share with two lucky readers [one free package each, US only please]. All you have to do is leave a comment telling us how you think you'll use them first. Extra brownie points for liking the Beyond Meat Facebook page me and/or my Facebook page. And don't forget to leave an email or blog where I can contact you. I'll announce the winners next week. Good luck!