I’ve reviewed a few Gardein products, and I’m always on the lookout for new vegan products to try so when I saw these vegan Gardein szechuan beefless strips I had to try them out. I really like to support the “mock meat” products even though I honestly don’t eat them much anymore. We both tend to prefer plant based whole foods, but on occasion I like to take the easy way out and try new things.
This ingredients list is why I prefer whole foods. Lots of ingredients, and whilst most are whole foods, there are some that I just wouldn’t use in wholesome cooking, however in the grand scheme of things this isn’t going to hurt you when used in moderation. Without the sauce these are pretty decent nutrition wise, with 11g of protein per serving, 7g of fat and only 250mg of sodium. I’m guessing the sauce with the soy sauce, sea salt, and miso paste really bumps that figure up though.
These come with a couple of cooking methods and I chose to use the stovetop method because it’s quick and easy, plus I had things in the oven already… The strips look kind of anaemic straight out he bag…
Once cooked with the sauce though they soon look different. I had mine with pasta and salad, Bob had his with potatoes. Honestly they looked very unappetizing, maybe I should have oven baked them afterall?
So the taste test? Hmmmm, I’ll pass. They weren’t super spicy or hot, definitely not szechuan as we’ve known it. For me with Gardein it’s always been the texture. This is ‘old school’ Gardein, which is kind of rubbery. I like the meatloaf, roast and some other products but this was just rubbery. It’s that weird texture when you bite into it occasionally that squeaks against your teeth as you chew.
In all whilst it was fun to try these, I don’t think I’d buy them again. I’d stick to the chick’n style items instead, they tend to be a lot nicer in taste and texture. If you’ve tried them, let me know what you thought in the comments!