Gardein Protein

Soy Product Post #1

We’re committed to producing foods that people just love to eat, are good for you and are light on the planet.”-  Gardein Company’s website

The Gardein slogan is Gardein- Garden Protein, which immediately stands out for those who are vegetarian and are looking for plant-based sources of protein.  However, I believe that the entirely meatless Gardein Tuscan Breast product would suffice for meat-eaters as well.

While the taste doesn’t exactly match up to that of meat, the texture is almost identical to the texture of chicken.  As a vegetarian, I personally miss and crave chewiness.  I’m not sure if this is because of lack of meat, but I know for sure that my regular consumption of tofu just doesn’t quite satisfy this craving.  With that being said, I am quite impressed with Gardein’s Tuscan Breasts.

The breasts not only have the same consistency of chicken, but also look pretty much identical to a baked chicken breast.  They come in a prepackaged tomato-like sauce, made from tomato paste, spices, red bell pepper, vinegar, and citric acid.  However, the sauce doesn’t provide enough flavor or quite mask the hint of the slightly unpleasant “soyness”, so I prefer to create and add my own seasonings.

I actually cooked up two of these breasts last night.  If you can wait 20 minutes, then these make the perfect, hassle-free dinner.  All you have to do is set the oven to 375, put the breasts in a baking dish, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.  Last night, I sauteed some mushrooms and onions (about 1/2 onion, and 4-6 ounces of button mushrooms, sliced) in a little bit of olive oil, S&P.  When the breasts were finished cooking, I topped them with the mushroom mixture.  Delicious.

I even had one of my picky, non-vegetarian friends sample a few bites, and he said that he actually liked it!

The breasts also come in a “Sante Fe Good Stuff” version, which includes a mixture of beans and corn stuffed inside of the breasts.  I would suggest making your own sauce for either of these products in order to enhance the flavor.  In addition to sauteed mushrooms, a simple marinara, or mushroom gravy would also pair nicely with the Gardein breasts.

If you’re looking for a mock chicken, then I’d definitely recommend this product.  Because of their meaty texture, Gardein’s breasts would work perfectly as a replacement for any recipes that call for breasts/cubes/strips of chicken.  Additionally, each breast contains a substantial 26 grams of protein and only 3 grams of fat.  The protein is derived from a combination of non-genetically engineered (yay) soybeans, wheat gluten, and a blend of protein rich grains consisting of quinoa, amaranth, millet, and kamut.  The breasts also provide a good source of iron (30% DV), and 3 grams of fiber.  Not too shabby!

Have you ever tried any of Gardein’s tuscan breasts or any of their other products?

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Heather
    December 10, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I am always looking to try something new – my husband isn’t so much a fan of the texture of tofu so this might be a good change of pace for us.

    I guess I need to head to Whole Foods to find it – perhaps soon!

    Thanks for the great review.

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    Mari
    December 10, 2009 at 10:37 am

    thanks for the review honey! I have not tried any of their products but will keep a look out for them =)

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    theemptynutjar
    December 10, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Maybe they can send you free products!
    (I complimented you on my yesterday post just to let you know).

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    December 10, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I generally get my dose of soy from edamame or veggie burgers—I’m not a huge fan of the texture of tofu. Also, I thought you’d find this study interesting (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091208162639.htm). There’s been a lot of research that says soy is linked to breast cancer, but this new study suggests eating soy may be protective against breast cancer recurrence.

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    Nicole
    December 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of Gardein…I’ll have to keep a lookout, the entree looks really good!

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    Melinda
    December 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    That looks awesome. I am totally jealous right now. My options at this commissary are pretty limited. I would love to try that product. Maybe next time I am visiting home I can locate some. Thanks for the info on this.

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    Simply Life
    December 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    oh what great ideas! I’m always looking at new ways of brining foods home that I think my husband might actually like and this looks like it might just work!

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    Bekah
    December 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Great product review! 🙂 I like this recipe too.

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    Corinne Dobbas
    December 10, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks for the review! I will have to seek these out 😛 They sound yummy!

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    eatmovelove
    December 11, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Great review -as always! How’s your freelance writing going?
    I just did a Book Review on my blog…if anyone wants to read do so :).
    Cheers!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes
    December 11, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I had never heard of this product. Thanks for the review! I like that besides the soy, the product contains protein rich grains. Something to try!

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