Jane and I were asked to sample a frozen entree of our choice from the vegeusa people. They make vegan and vegetarian foods under the Vegetarian Plus brand name. In all our time being vegan, we haven’t actually sampled their products. Jane isn’t much for frozen meat alternatives, and the Vegetarian Plus foods are not available in our local grocery store, which means a trip to Whole Paycheck… I mean Whole Foods. And these days, like everyone else, we have to be a bit more careful with our money.
Anyway, Vegetarian Plus offers a variety of different products. We opted to try the Vegan Black Pepper Steaks. They were $6 and the box said there were 4 servings; we dished it out as two. No way is that 4 servings!
Serving Size: 2.5 oz
Servings per Container: About 4
Total Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
The texture of the meat was fantastic. I haven’t had any kind of red meat (knowingly) in over 20 years; Jane in over 7, so perhaps we are misremembering. But this product actually had the mouthfeel we remembered steak to have. More so than any other alternative product we have tasted.
Jane served the “steak” with her scallion-rice, and a large green salad. I thought dinner was yum. While Jane enjoyed the “steak” she did not enjoy the sauce it was prepared with. The package ingredients list “spices” so we’re not sure, but Jane believes there to be Chinese 5-Spice among those spices. It’s a flavor she particularly dislikes.
We will likely purchase this product again. Jane has a hankering for Beef Goulash, a dish she had often as a child. She’s thinking she could make that dish by rinsing the sauce off the “steak.” It would be wonderful if vegeusa would start selling the steak unseasoned, so that people could prepare it as they desire. This would also be a great transitional food for aspiring vegans, or those who want options for “Meatless-Mondays.”