Comfort foods. We all have them, we all love them. In America it’s Mac’n’cheese or burger and fries and when you think of England you think Fish’n’chips right? You can take the girl out of England but you can’t take England out of the girl! Growing up chip shop tea is a what of life, and when I was vegetarian living in England I remember having Linda McCartney vegetarian fish fingers that were amazing, and last year I was so happy to find Gardein Fishless Filets. Childhood comfort foods reborn!
Gardein Fishless Filets
When I first saw these Gardein Fishless Filets on their instagram account I scoured my local stores for months till I could find them, nowadays I can get them at my local Target and Ralph’s! Much more convenient. But did you know that if you can’t find them locally you can now buy Gardein on Amazon? Including the Gardein Fishless Filets. Is there anything we can’t buy on Amazon now? lol!
The fillets have 3 servings per bag. With 180 calories, 340 mg sodium, 10g fat, 9g protein and 14g carbs per serving. There are a few ways to cook them too, you can deep fry, bake (recommended) or microwave (then crisp up in a pan). I opted to bake, as I was doing some chips anyway (fries to the Americans reading, hereon referred to soley as chips). The Gardein Fishless Filets only took 25 mins in an oven which was perfect.
They are just the right size for a sandwich, or can be cut into strips for fish taco’s, but with chips and mushy peas they were definitely reminiscent of eating childhood comfort food back in England. Fish & chips for tea/dinner is a staple for many UK households, and now we can do it cruelty free! Of course no fish and chip tea is complete without malt vinegar. We bought a case of Heinz malt vinegar off Amazon recently, if you are looking for malt vinegar British Style I suggest Heinz or Sarsons rather than the London Pub stuff you find in the USA, and if you want to get REALLY British add HP Sauce – My husband’s favorite!
So taste wise what were the fishless filets like? Well as it’s been a good 20+ years since I had fish I honestly cannot say whether they were like fish or not, because it’s been so freaking long since I had the real thing. It’s actually probably closer to 25 years since I ate fish. The filets certainly had the smell, taste and texture that I vaguely remembered and we both said that we enjoyed them, as it reminded us of Chip shop meals in England when we grew up.
Of course we went ALL IN and had mushy peas with ours. If you haven’t tried mushy peas, well you’re missing out on something quintessentially British! No point doing fish’n’chips, without the mushy peas, malt vinegar and HP sauce. Mushy peas can be bought pre-mushed (is that a word?) in cans, but since I got a pressure cooker I’ve been making my own from scratch! I’ll try and video it for a recipe vlog next time I make them, they really are super, and just take you right back to your local chip shop.
Of course if you were to truly have a full fish’n’chip experience along with the HP sauce, malt vinter and mushy peas one last thing… bread and butter (or vegan butter in our case). Because that just finishes off the meal completely! We don’t do the bread often, just on special occasions but it does finish the meal off nicely. All in all we love the Gardein Fishless Filets as they give us that taste of home and just goes to show there are NO EXCUSES to living a cruelty free lifestyle.
What’s your favorite childhood comfort food?
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