Jane and I were invited to try some of Sophie’s Vegan Kitchen entrees. They offer a line of vegan “seafood.” Both Jane and I loved seafood in our pre-vegan life, so we were excited to try these products. As with all meat analogs, we expected something close, but not the real thing. With that in mind, we picked up their Vegan Crabcakes, Vegan Breaded Scallops, and Vegan Breaded Shrimp.
We tried the Vegan Crabcakes first. This was the item Jane was most excited about. She was a big fan of crab cakes in her past, so we tried to temper our expectations a bit. After all, how close could these really be. And really, they weren’t. The texture resembled lump crab meat, so kudos to Sophie’s Kitchen for that feat. The crab cakes themselves were good. We heated them in the oven and both thought they’d be better sauteed in a skillet with a bit of oil and tartar sauce to accompany them.
The crab cakes come 4 to a box. Each cake is supposed to represent a serving. We each had two. So we consumed 240 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein (reminder, this nutritional info is for two servings).
For our next meal Jane prepared both the Vegan Breaded Scallops and the Vegan Breaded Shrimp. We both thought the scallops were the tastiest of the three dishes and the shrimp were the weakest. We shared this meal with an omnivore friend. He exclaimed that there was no way this would be confused with “real” seafood. We both thought the scallops had the same texture and mouthfeel of authentic scallops, but we didn’t care for the shrimp at all. The scallops were only 50 calories and 1 gram of fat, but provided no protein. The shrimp were 240 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein.
Jane and I tend to look for “meat” analogs which actually serve as “meat” replacements. By that I mean that they provide an adequate amount of protein as could be expected if consuming a meat based meal. None of the Sophie’s products we sampled fit that bill. And while they were interesting, we don’t expect to run out and buy any in the immediate future.
Have any of you tried this product? What do you think? What are your favorite meat analogs?