Tonight I tried Gardein meat-free Chick'n Filets for the first time. I am impressed with the very realistic chicken-like texture. While it doesn't exactly taste like chicken, it satisfies you in the same way. This is quite the wonder food. With 20 grams of protein per serving, I can put my mother-in-law's mind at ease that I am indeed getting enough protein. Adding a 1/2 cup of refried black beans, and using Food for Life corn tortillas adds another 13 grams of protein for a whopping 33 grams total for the whole meal. Amazing! For all you vegggie naysayers that say vegans don't get enough protein: Boo-yah!
Nate's Two Cents: I have to agree with Tara on this one. Gardein has a taste all its own, not really poultry-like at all, but the texture is ridiculously meaty and soaks up the seasoning around it wonderfully. Think of a spongier, springier version of chicken with a mild veggie aftertaste (I got used to it quickly). The tacos were fantastic but Tara really went all-out with the fresh tomato salsa and organic black beans, so I'm commenting on the whole package rather than just the faux chicken.
Here's the recipe:
Gardein "Chicken" Tacos
- One 7 oz package of Gardein Chick'n Filets chopped into cubes.
- 2 t. Olive Oil
- 1/2 t. Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 t. Cumin
- 1/4 C. Chopped Cilantro
- Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
- 4 Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas
- Your favorite Salsa
Heat olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add Gardein, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, and toss with fresh cilantro. Add to warmed tortilla shells, and top with lettuce, and your favorite salsa. Serves 2. Enjoy!