Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Love Gardein!

I'm pretty cheap. Granted, I don't make that much working in the newspaper business, but I'm fairly certain I'd still be a frugalista if I had a million bucks. When I do splurge, it's generally on fancy vegan food items. I rarely buy clothes, shoes, or other necessities. Sometimes, I'm even too cheap to shell out a few extra bucks on faux meat like Gardein.

But after all the hype over Tal Ronnen's The Conscious Cook (a book I still don't have because I've been too cheap to buy it!) and his Gardein faux meat products, I finally broke down and spent the $4 on one package of Gardein Thai Trio.

The Thai Trio is a one-serving, chick'n breast stuffed with tomatoes, red peppers, and bamboo shoots. It comes with a creamy, coconut-spiced red Thai curry sauce and a generous portion of tender basmati rice. I was a little shocked at the tiny size of the chick'n breast. It's smaller than the palm of my hand, and I have small hands. But the texture was spot on. I suspect it's close enough to the texture of a real chicken breast to please an omni, but not close enough to be creepy.

I served my Thai Trio with steamed beets and spinach, which I doused liberally with Asian chili-garlic sauce after I snapped this picture. A quick, delicious week night meal. I've been a little pressed for time this week, which means less time for messin' around in the kitchen. Thankfully, the Gardein meal was ready in minutes. Definitely worth the $4. I think I'll stop being so cheap and start keeping this stuff on hand.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to come back on Sunday night for a super-awesome, surprise giveaway!

24 comments:

Veg is Sexy said...

I just recently fell in love with Gardein too! It's sooo gooood.

Veg is Sexy said...

OH and also thanks so much for commenting today on that topic. Your response made me laugh out loud with you flipping off those activists.

Tiffany said...

Haha I've also been too cheap to try Gardein! The Thai Trio does look good, though...

The Voracious Vegan said...

YUM! I've been wishing I could try that Gardein chicken for ages, it looks so chewy and authentic and GOOD. Of course, it will be another 3 decades or so before they start carrying it in stores here. I will have to live vicariously through your delicious meals!

Sweet @ Adventures in Veg said...

Looks yum! Heh it'll be a while before we get it here in Ireland too!
Although I had fake meat for the first time in months yesterday and it was so realistically like an under-cooked chicken nugget I felt sick D:

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Gardein rules!

T said...

I'm exactly the same- too cheap for clothes, but give me a fancy looking vegan food item and I will splurge!

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

I haven't had Gardein in awhile, but I picked some up after I saw it on a vegan cooking segment on The Ellen Show. It is really good and I didn't used to like faux meats. Great, now I want to go get some. :D

vegiebug said...

$4!!! man oh man that shiz would be crazy expensive in australia. hahaha. $4 is something to be grateful for :D

Jessie said...

I'm a bit tight with my money too, and have recently fallen in love with the gardein chick'n scallopini. I've tried the spicy buffalo wings in the past and really didn't like the sauce, but I love the texture of them.

miss v said...

i haven't seen these around here yet, but i love anything thai-flavoured. yum!

misss_e said...

I definitely want to come to the meet up...its right before my birthday (19th)! And I haven't been to the wild cow but I pass it two day a week when I'm in that area. I am looking forward to it.

Megan said...

Yum! Looks super good. (Those beets look yummy too.) I haven't seen the thai trio flavor yet here in Baltimore. We made gardein tikka masala last week. I'm definitely a fan of the big-G.

dreaminitvegan said...

I'll need to try this product again. It is weird how much it looks like real chicken.

Jennifer said...

I've never eaten this brand before, but just went to the site and saw all their yummy products! I am going to have to check these out the next time I'm at While Foods! *licks lips*

Babette said...

That product seems great. I heard they have some "breasts" filled with Daiya cheese too.

Gardein products are even pricier in Canada...

Anonymous said...

I love Gardein! I was so lucky because my local grocery had them at buy one get one free. My freezer is now overflowing after I cleaned them out. I didn't see the Thai one though. I have to look for that one.

JennShaggy said...

That's too funny...I used to have a friend named Big Amy, too! How weird. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. In retrospect, it's one of my favorite life experiences to this day. I definitely had my share of good trips (and video game care rides) as well :)

You really know how to jazz up the Thai Trio...you make it look great! I bought it, then just microwaved the "chicken" over the rice. I guess I'm a lazy chef once in a while haha.

Courtney said...

I am the exact same way--totally frugal (okay, okay...cheap, lol!) and I cannot even fathom paying so much for a fancy fake meat product, lol! Even after your review...although I will keep my eyes peeled for coupons now for sure. I think with a coupon I could be persuaded to purchase some of the Gardein products, which I have been curious about :-) And I know what you mean, even if I were wealthy (in my dreams!), I think I would still be frugal...shrug.

Courtney

baby cribs said...

I wish I could try those Gardien chicken, too! I haven't really tried those ever since.

Nachos said...

I can't get Gardein here in Australia but I've got to admit, Tal Ronnen's cookbook is totally worth it. Like you, I rarely buy what other peope consider "necessities", instead spending my money on food and cookbooks!

I've made the cream of asparagus soup so far which was pretty good... This week I'm trying out the tempeh creole and lemongrass consommé with mushroom/chive dumplings... And I totally have my heart set on the pannacotta!

Erin said...

I haven't tried Gardein yet (mostly because of the price), but I do have some of their crispy strips waiting in the freezer for the perfect occasion. They've been highly recommended to me!

Anonymous said...

I just tried the Thai one and loved it - it was a little weird looking but tasty!

They carry several of the Gardein meals at the Kroger on Poplar at Kirby - hopefully they will carry them closer to home like the one at Mendenhall once they get it all new and renovated! WFs did not have as many varieties as Kroger and it was a little cheaper at Kroger.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I haven't tried that one! We love the Crispy Tenders