Monday, May 17, 2010

Gardein Chicken Tacos

Tonight I tried Gardein meat-free Chick'n Filets for the first time.  I am impressed with the very realistic chicken-like texture. While it doesn't exactly taste like chicken, it satisfies you in the same way. This is quite the wonder food.  With 20 grams of protein per serving, I can put my mother-in-law's mind at ease that I am indeed getting enough protein.  Adding a 1/2 cup of refried black beans, and using Food for Life corn tortillas adds another 13 grams of protein for a whopping 33 grams total for the whole meal.  Amazing!  For all you vegggie naysayers that say vegans don't get enough protein: Boo-yah!  

Nate's Two Cents: I have to agree with Tara on this one.  Gardein has a taste all its own, not really poultry-like at all, but the texture is ridiculously meaty and soaks up the seasoning around it wonderfully.  Think of a spongier, springier version of chicken with a mild veggie aftertaste (I got used to it quickly).  The tacos were fantastic but Tara really went all-out with the fresh tomato salsa and organic black beans, so I'm commenting on the whole package rather than just the faux chicken.  

Here's the recipe:

Gardein "Chicken" Tacos

One 7 oz package of Gardein Chick'n Filets chopped into cubes.
2 t. Olive Oil
1/2 t. Smoked Paprika
1/2 t. Cumin
1/4 C. Chopped Cilantro
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
4 Food For Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas
Your favorite Salsa

Heat olive oil in pan over medium-high heat.  Add Gardein, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.  Saute for 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat, and toss with fresh cilantro.  Add to warmed tortilla shells, and top with lettuce, and your favorite salsa. Serves 2. Enjoy!


Morgan-- said...

THese look fabulous!! I'm definitely going to mae these. Thanks for sharing!

Tara said...

Oh good! Let me know what you think :)