Vegan Black Pepper Steak Review

  • Lane
  • Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Vegan Black Pepper Steak

    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!

    Vegan Black Pepper Steak Nutritional Information:
    Serving Size: 2.5 oz
    Servings per Container: About 4
    Calories: 170
    Carbohydrates: 10g
    Total Fat: 8g
    Saturated Fat: 2g
    Trans Fat: 0g
    Sodium: 400mg
    Sugars: 3g
    Fiber: 2g
    Protein: 13g

    DSCF7009The 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."

    One thought on “Vegan Black Pepper Steak Review

    1. I really like this faux meat. Whole Foods carries it for less than what is advertised on the internet, however, be careful of this product if you are allergic to rice. The sauce contains glutinous rice flour. Somehow I must have missed reading this on the label. I kept wondering why I would break out (looks like pimples on my bicep, forearm, calves, and legs) when I knew I wasn’t eating any rice.

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