Meatless “Steak”

Soy Product Post #4

Two posts ago I mentioned Lightlife’s Smart Dogs.  Today I am going to highlight one of my favorite “fake meat” products, which happens to also be produced by Lightlife.  Lightlife’s Smart Strips is one of my favorite products to saute and cook up for dinner.

The Smart Strips look, taste, and feel like regular steak strips.  They have the just the right amount of chewiness and contain the perfect touch of smokiness.  The only downside to the meatless steak strips is that they are a little heavy on the salt, so I make sure not to add any extra when I utilize them in my cooking.  Other than the sodium content, Lightlife’s Smart Strips’ nutrition info. looks pretty impressive.  Just 80 calories per serving and absolutely not fat or cholesterol, these are perfect for cooking light. And while each package technically only contains two servings, when sauteed vegetables are added, I can usually stretch a package into at least 3 servings.

The strips also contain a substantial 14 grams of protein (28% DV), 560 mg of potassium (16% DV), 15% of the recommended daily intake of iron, and 8% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. As an active girl, consuming adequate amounts of these nutrients is essential.

For a simple and quick meal, I like to saute the strips, fajita styled.

Meatless Steak Strip Fajitas
Serves 2-4

-1 package of  Lightlife’s Steak Style Strips
-1 small/medium onion, sliced
-1/2 – 1 whole green, red, or yellow pepper
-1 garlic clove, minced
-1/2 tsp. chili powder
-2 lime wedges
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-Sour cream, optional

Choose:  Brown rice or flour tortilla

Heat olive oil in large saute pan.  Add onion and green pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add minced garlic and cumin powder and saute an additional 3 minutes, or until onions are just slightly crispy.  Add steak strips and cook for a remaining 2 minutes, or until strips are thoroughly heated.  Remove from heat and place in tortilla or over rice.  Squeeze few drops of lime juice over each person’s plate, and add sour cream if desired.

Do you have a favorite meatless “steak” product that you use?

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Melinda
    December 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Oh you make me so jealous, but I am so happy you are enjoying the prducts and writing up reviews. My mouth is watering. I can pretty much use tofu, tofu and more tofu here for meatleass options.

  • Reply
    The Candid RD
    December 15, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I used to be really into these meatless products, but I’ve weaned myself off for some reason. Probably because I live with Nick now and he won’t touch them! My favorite are the Chik-nuggets, so good. I haven’t tried these before, and I really want to now that you’ve done this great review. I bet Nick wouldn’t even notice (I’ve tricked him before, why not again?!).

  • Reply
    Mari
    December 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I tried the morningstar farms “steak” but I was not too fond of it…

    I love that you are doing these reviews! thanks =)

  • Reply
    Devan
    December 15, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    i cant say I am a huge fan of fake meats.. but I do like soy veggie crumbles from yves.. and yves chikn burgers!!
    I love your reviews!

  • Reply
    Gelareh @ Orange Truffle
    December 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I really don’t. I am afraid that they are way too processed. I am enjoying your reviews though. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Simply Life
    December 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    yum, you make that look so great with your meal!

  • Reply
    kbwood
    December 15, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    wow these look great!

  • Reply
    Heather
    December 16, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hmmm…I wonder if I could trick my husband into believing these are really meat?!?

    I’ve never tried them but they look good – I always get scared of the “Fake Meat” section for some reason…

  • Reply
    How to Grow Taller
    December 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    An ex girlfriend got me to try these not too long ago and while they’re better than MOST substitutes, they were definitely noticeably not meat. So Heather, keep that in mind 🙂

  • Reply
    Annalise
    August 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    When seeing the package, my mouth was watering just at the picture. But once i got home and prepared to cook the strips, something hit me.

    These smell. Really bad.
    Almost to a scent similar to feces.

    I’m not joking. They don’t taste all that great either, and thats coming from a full-time vegetarian who’s never tasted a piece of meat in her entire lifetime.

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