I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a recent obsession with fake meat products. It’s not because they taste like meat (because they don’t). There’s just something about the consistency that I really like. I’m willing to admit this is a little strange, especially since I’m not a vegetarian.
However, I recently came across two things that make me feel more confident in sharing my love of fake meat. First, there’s a blog out there called Adventures in Fake Meat! Props to Tracy for writing hilarious reviews about pretty much every fake meat product out there.
Secondly, I randomly found an article in the weekend edition of the Washington Post (August 5, 2012) that was all about a new faux chicken product, Beyond Meat, that is making waves for its similarities to real chicken. It’s currently only stocked at Whole Foods stores in Northern California, but the company envisions a future where grocery stores will sell plant-based “beef” and “chicken” in the deli and meat counters, and consumers will think of it just like any other meat option.
I find that news exciting (although, I’m not sure that steak-and-potatoes-loving Americans are really moving towards that). However, while I’m waiting for this Beyond Meat “chicken” to hit stores on the east coast, I will continue to be satisfied by the AMAZING meatless products I’ve discovered at Trader Joe’s. My current favorite is Chicken-Less Pulled Chicken in Barbeque Sauce (calories per serving: 120).
I’m sure there’s lots of ways to incorporate it into meals, but I’m sharing my current favorite: BBQ Chicken-less Salad
- 2 handfuls Spring Mix (or other favorite lettuce)
- ¾ cup canned corn, drained
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- ¼ large tomato, diced
- ¼ Hass Avocado, cut into little squares
- 1 serving Trader Joe’s Chicken-Less Pulled Chicken in Barbeque Sauce (half the package)
It’s super easy to make and delicious! Just toss all the ingredients together. You don’t need dressing because of the BBQ sauce. And, it’s approximately 400 calories, give or take. (I also recently made a version of this salad with mangos instead of corn. So good!)