Thursday, July 19, 2012

Revelry Review: Beyond Meat

I was strolling through our sort of local vegan-friendly grocery store last weekend and came across Beyond Meat!  I had heard of this new chicken substitute through Mark Bittman's article in the New York Times a few months back and the fact that the founders of Twitter were financially backing this product.  While we don't eat too many meat substitutes in our house, I was particularly looking forward to giving Beyond Meat a try since it is gluten-free and could open up some new dinner ideas for us.   Here is the nutritional information.  Here it is in the package:

Up close (this stuff looks and feels JUST like chicken!):

We added some to burrito bowls that followed this recipe

Also got this new product on our grocery jaunt (melts really well but I think I prefer Daiya):

The completed bowls (with Tofutti sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and avocado over brown rice):

Another quick weeknight dish with Beyond Meat: brown rice pasta with tomato sauce, Beyond Meat, olives, dino kale and chickpeas:

The verdict?  I had to keep checking the package for the word "vegan" because this stuff tastes just like the real deal (without the cruelty).  It would have been a great transition food for me (chicken was the last thing to go!) and we may get it again when we want to cook something that calls for chicken.  Beyond Meat is a huge step forward in the faux meat category!

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