When I first started this blog I was vegetarian. One of my missions since going Vegan 4 years ago was to show people how easy it was to be fit and healthy on a plant based diet. I started doing recipes, nutrition posts and food reviews… then somewhere along the way I kinda, well, stopped. Recently I’ve had no less than 5 people in the last month as me about a plant based diet. So I’m bringing back the food reviews, recipes, nutrition, and yes the workouts. Basically more blogging in general and especially more videos! More on that soon, let’s kick off with a Vegan food review of the Gardein Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes.
As I mentioned I want to do more. My word for 2017 after all is “DO”, so what better time that midway through the year to step things up a notch. I know not everyone absorbs information the same so I am trying to do more videos too. I already posted the taste test video for these crabless cakes. I’ve embedded it below, but you can check it out on YouTube. Plus don’t forget to subscribe to my channel while you’re there!
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It’s so easy these days to get meatfree replacements for just about anything, I’ve written about all the different companies offering meat replacements and one of the leaders over the last 5 years has been Gardein. The Gardein range includes, burgers, chicken replacements, fish, crumbles, strips and so much more. Like for instance crabless cakes.
Gardein Crabless Cakes
Touted on the Gardein Website as “swimming with flavor” (10/10 for puns) I was eager to try these. I don’t think I’ve ever had ‘real’ crab cakes. compare. The closest I’ve come is probably a generic fish cake. Crab isn’t something that’s eaten much in the UK where I grew up. So obviously that means I cannot compare taste wise to the real deal. These Gardein Crabless Cakes are found in the frozen section of most supermarkets (I found mine in Ralph’s), and cost approximately $2.99 for a 250g pack. As you can see the cakes are pretty decent in size, maybe a little smaller than a golf ball.
These crabless cakes are super easy to prepare. They literally take 10 minutes to cook in the oven. All you have to do is flip them over halfway to ensure even crispiness. You can cook them on the stove top too. Though that is the ‘preferred method’ according to the bag, I preferred them oven baked. Stove top cooking required using oil, and honestly I’m a lazy cook, so setting a timer for 5 minutes to turn them over was enough of a chore. After 10 minutes in the oven, they came out to crispy perfection.
A serving size of these isn’t big, just 3 of the cakes (75g). That tallies up to 130 calories, with 6g fat, 11g carbs, and 9g protein. That’s a macro breakdown of 27% protein; 33% carbs; 40% fat. These crabless cakes by the way are non-GMO, and the protein comes mostly from soy and wheat. They are also certified vegan, and dairy free so even if you have dairy allergies or shellfish allergies these might be a good alternative.
As I mentioned, I haven’t eaten real crab. Ever. Ok, I may have had some kind of crab sandwich paste as a child but I definitely haven’t had any fish or shellfish for 25 years! Holy Moly. Time flies. So, I’m not going to try and compare it to crab. Honestly that’s not something I think I should be doing when I haven’t eaten any animal in 25 years. Plus my hope is that these products stand alone for what they are, plant based alternatives. So how did they taste?
They were reminiscent of sushi (again non-fish sushi), and fish cakes I used to have as a child. Herby, and similar kind of texture too. They didn’t have an overwhelming flavor, it was subtle, and maybe a little ‘seaweedy’. I really liked the breading used, and would love to have that on more products. In all I enjoyed them but the real flavor came after I added some lemon juice, and this…
I don’t know about you but it annoys me when people do taste tests and don’t add condiments. How often do you eat food without some kind of dressing, sauce, or even a drizzle of vinegar? Not very often if you live at our house. So I added some fresh lemon juice and then some Hampton Creek Just Thousand dressing. Seriously, just the lemon brought out the flavor so much more, and the Just Thousand, well that was the proverbial cherry on the top! I have a feeling these would have been amazing with the Just Tartar but our local Target hasn’t had that in for months… so that taste test will have to wait. Seriously, if you try these crabless cakes add lemon for more flavor.
So yep, definitely a double thumbs up for these Gardein Crabless Cakes. They would be a great starter at a dinner party. Especially as an alternative to prawn cocktails. As an entree I’m thinking vegan ‘caesar salad’ with the crabless cakes or something like tacos and wraps. These are great for anyone vegan, dairy free, or allergic to shellfish. Delicious, and cruelty free… what’s not to love?
What do you think of all the new meat replacement products available?
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