I have officially pledged to go meatless on Mondays! Yeah for me! I do love meat, and will not be giving it up forever, but I figure one day a week will be a fun way to explore vegetarian entree recipes and meatless food products! I also realized that most days, I actually don’t eat meat until dinner, so this shouldn’t be too hard!
For those of you not familiar with the movement, you may be wondering, why meatless? The short: Red and processed meats are linked to lots of health problems and diets high in fruits in veggies are linked to good health. AND the meat industry is not really environmentally friendly. (If you want a little more detail than that, click on that link up there!)
So I actually started Meatless Monday last week, if you happened to catch my tweet. I am looking forward to featuring what I had the week before on a regular basis. Well, as long as what I eat is actually worthy! Since this is going to be highly experimental for me, I may come of with some crap, and I will not waste your time!
Now, on to the inaugural Meatless Monday meal! I basically “short-cut-ed” it! I went for a prepared meatless food product in my freezer, Quorn Meatless & Soy Free Gruyere Chik’n Cutlets. I actually discovered these back in 2008 when I started Weight Watchers for the first time. At the time, Kroger had a pretty decent selection of Quorn products. This last one I picked up at Whole Foods. I pulled up a picture I took for a review I intended to do on the old blog, and it turns out they have updated the packaging since then too. Quorn products started in the UK and were introduced in the US in 2002.
Ok, so it has full fat Gruyere. We know that is yum! And that is what makes these higher in fat. But cheese is good. I don’t have to convince you of that! But what you need to know is that this is a different kind of meatless product than what you find with say, Morningstar Farms or Boca. This is actually made with a Mycoprotein. It has all the essential amino acids found in protein from meat, and it has a meat-like texture because it has a similar structure to animal muscle cells. The main ingredient is from an ascomycota from one of the largest groups in the fungi family, like truffles and morels. There are studies that the main ingredient is one of certain fungi species that lower serum cholesterol in animals.
So what does it taste like? Well, chicken-y! Personally, I don’t actually think any meatless products taste like the actual meat they are trying to replace. I just know if I like the taste or not, and I like the taste of this. And well, the Gruyere does help! And while it does have a texture much like meat, it is lighter… I guess more mushroom-like! It says you can cook them in the microwave, but I haven’t tried it. Usually things with breading don’t fair too well in the microwave. I cook them in the oven or toaster oven, but be careful. If you leave it in too long, the breading gets way too hard. You will literally be hacking into this thing, and you might even break a tooth! It’s just not tasty that way! I think this might happen more often in the toaster oven, since it is closer to the actual heating element, so using a regular oven is your best cooking option.
Besides being soy-free, they are also high in protein, a good source of fiber, and made from all natural ingredients. So, if you are looking for another quick and convenient meat substitute (and can handle the higher fat content), I’d highly recommend trying these babies out!
Nutrition Facts: 260 calories, 15g fat, 4g sat fat, 7g poly fat, 4g mono fat, 0g trans fat, 20mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 23g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugar, 11g protein, 11% Calcium
WeightWatchers PointsPlus: 7
Estimated Glycemic Load: 10
Has moderate levels of all of its measured nutrients
Additional nutrition info from NutritionData
Basic Ingredients: autolyzed yeast extract, breadcrumbs, calcium lactate, canola oil, citric acid, corn oil, dextrose, egg white, garlic powder, Gruyere cheese, gum Arabic, mycoprotein, natural flavors, onion powder, onions, pectin, potato maltodextrin, sunflower oil, tapioca starch, water (see packaging for more detailed information)
Store Purchased at: Whole Foods Market
Cost: Oops, I forgot to write it down!