Showing posts with label gardein. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardein. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Taco Tuesday!

I'm sure this isn't the first time I've labeled a post "Taco Tuesday," but hey, I'm a sucker for alliteration. Although I made these tacos today (and it's still Tuesday here), the recipe for these Fun & Tasty Tacos came from my weekly Farm Animal Reform Movement "Meatout Mondays" email:

Now, these were indeed "fun" and "tasty," but if this were my recipe, I would have called it something a little more delicious ... like "Beefy" Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Verde Salsa. Because that's exactly what they are. You can find the recipe here.

I didn't realize it until after buying groceries, but the recipe says to use Gardein Beefless Tips OR 3 large portabello mushroom caps. I must have skipped right over the "or" because I thought I needed both for the recipe. After I realized my error, I decided to go ahead and use a combination of marinated mushrooms and Gardein. And I'm glad I did!

This was my first time trying the Gardein Beefless Tips, and all I can say is, "Wow!" These really do have the same taste and texture as real beef tips. Granted, I haven't eaten a beef tip since at least 1994, but I'm certain this is what they taste like. The mushrooms were marinated in verde salsa, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice. And then both were sauteed with frozen corn.

Then it's all topped with a salsa made from more verde sauce, diced avocado, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice. I served my tacos with a side of my Dirty (South) Rice, a recipe from my upcoming cookbook. The rice is a fusion of traditional Southern dirty rice and Spanish rice.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fun with Fake Meat!

Take a close look at this picture:

If this wasn't a vegan blog, you'd probably guess this was a photo of chicken covered with dairy cheese. Right? But since y'all know I haven't turned to the dark side, I'm sure you assume it's fake meat and vegan cheeze. In fact, it's a Gardein Tuscan Breast covered in Daiya Cheddar Shreds served over brown rice with a side of sauteed cabbage. But isn't it crazy how meaty this meal looks?

I've professed my love for Gardein on this blog before, so I won't go and on. But I'm slowly discovering more flavors and textures of this magical meat substitute. Why couldn't this have been around back in my early veg days in the mid-90s? Veg meat has come so far! And so has vegan cheeze for that matter.

What's your favorite faux meat? If it's Gardein, which flavor/style do you love the most?