Thursday, March 12, 2015

Prepare A Meat-Free #Dinner with @Gardein - BzzAgent Unboxing and #ProductReview (Video Inside)

Here at Selena Thinking Out Loud with Purpose I tried a new meatless product brand called Gardein. Being a vegetarian, I am always open to trying new meatless products. It makes my life a whole lot easier with quick meals, which is what I have to prepare during the week. I enjoy cooking from home so when I can whip up a healthy, fresh, seasoned, wholesome, meal, I am all in! I tried three of Gardein's meat-free products and have my personal review of each below. I did have the opportunity to try a free Gardein product with a free coupon I got free as a BzzAgent as well.

In the following YouTube video, I share the BzzAgent Unboxing and what were some of my experiences eating the Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers and their Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n. Then I review another Gardein product below the video as well. If you would like a coupon to SAVE $1 on any Gardein product, read below a little further for those details. Happy Eating!

Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers
This was the first time trying the Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers. I could taste the lime accentuating these meatless fingers but I didn't notice too much of the Chipotle though. They are small, but the serving size of two was actually just enough because they do have that lightly-breaded Chipotle, Lime, breading. It was a meatless, food item I never thought that I would purchase, but they are fast to prepare in the oven on 450 degree for 20-25 minutes and they come out crispy, but be careful to oil the pan a little bit so that they don't stick. They brown pretty quickly so monitor them halfway through baking. 

I did prepare these with some grits and it really turned out to be a pleasantly-satisfying dinner for me. I will buy them again because they are fast and easy, taste fresh, and meatless with a nice lime flavor. I bought them at Kroger (Ralphs) for about $3.49, so that's reasonable. 

Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n
I just happened to pick up a bag of Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n, when I was shopping at Kroger (Ralphs). I was looking for something really quick that I could prepare and feel full after I ate it. I decided to prepare the entire bag so that I could reheat any leftovers the next day. I put a little olive oil into a frying pan and then the meatless chick'n. They gradually brown on medium heat and I turned them frequently because they do brown very quickly. However, I wanted to make sure that they were cooking thorough. I noticed a packet of Mandarin Orange sauce inside of the package and I put it into some warm water until it thawed, according to the package instructions. Once the sauce was ready, I opened the packet and combined it with the chick'n and it quickly affixed together to form an attractive looking orange chick'n. 

If I wasn't a vegetarian, I would have thought that they were from an Asian take-out restaurant. They tasted great too, like a restaurant-prepared, crispy, orange chicken. I would recommend taking them off of the stove as soon as they are finished combining with the orange sauce to avoid overcooking the meatless chick'n, but they were nice. I had them with some brown rice and it was definitely filling and I was satisfied. I will most likely buy this one again also. They cost the same as the Crispy Fingers so, nicely priced.

Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs
Wow! These were fantastic to be meat-free. I have tried a lot of different veggie burgers and another brand of meat-free meatballs, and these are much better. They have a nice flavor. The size of the meatballs are worth the money. I believe that I paid around $3.49 for them at Kroger (Ralphs) and they went SO well with a side of freshly-grown, green beans I bought from the produce section. They heated quickly within 20 mins of being put in some tomato, pasta sauce. 

Since I have not always been a vegetarian (I converted in the year 2000), I can compare these to hamburger meatballs and say that they have a very similar consistency and texture. When I bit into them, they were flavorful and meaty as if they were not meatless. I believe kids, friends, and meat-eaters would like these if you didn't let them on to your secret. 

Since I have been a vegetarian now for 14 years now, I see how much meat-free foods have improved and these are a great example of this. I would buy them again for sure. I could also do meatball subs or a nice spaghetti pasta with sauce too! I like having different options.

Want a SAVE $1 Coupon on Any One (1) Gardein Product?
I still have some coupons available so that you can try a Gardein meat-free product for yourself. Even if you are not a vegetarian, like me, you can still give this brand a try. Who knows, you may just like the meatless meatballs too! ;)

To receive one FREE SAVE $1 Coupon, just send me a message with your *mailing details in the form, on my blog, HERE

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