If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I've had a little blogger project going on.
I also don't like fish. The flavor is too strong. I want to like it though. It just hasn't happened yet. Oh and I don't eat shrimp because of the texture....And because of the poop thing.
I simply think meat is gross most of the time. I've been this way since I was a pre-teen ish kid. I didn't cut up my first steak/chicken until I got to college. *laughter/smirks* Because if my mom didn't cut off pieces for me from her plate I wasn't interested in eating any. I just never have had a desire to chow down on a hunk of meat. If I brown meat for tacos, I usually can't eat those tacos, because of what I just saw. BJ has to cook it. Or trim up the chicken breasts and get the nasty stuff cut off. It's all just disgusting to me usually.
Oh side note--I'll eat bacon, if it's almost burned.
As you can tell, it's mainly gross to me because of it's appearance/texture (or in the case of fish--flavor). And the ability to make you very sick. And let us keep in mind we don't know if the animal was diseased or kept in clean facilities or hopped up on medication. Ick.
All of that ^^ is why I needed some more options.
Moving onto the experiment--mainly I wanted some new things to give me more of a variety to chose from and to replace the protein I don't get from refusing meat. I also need something that has normal flavor, and most importantly, CORRECT TEXTURE.
Here is the stuff I tried:
Not pictured--The chicken patties (original)
Pretty sure each of these cost $3.67 per box at my Walmart. Most of the boxes contain 4 servings--that's less than a dollar per serving. Also--the average cooking time is 1 min- 1 min 30 seconds. So quick!
Only one of these products didn't make the cut. We'll get to that.
Lets start out with the box that isn't pictured--the chick patties. I googled an image to include in this mini collage. If you're wondering why it looks strange.
I tried the patties alone and on a sandwich like you see above (wheat 70 calorie bun), and both ways it was good. Way better than the gross chicken patties my high school cafeteria served at least. I would buy these again.
Can't say that for these guys though:
What is up with that (bottom right)? I guess it's just veggie chunks--but these things were dry and didn't have flavor like sausage would and I didn't even finish them. Even if they are 80 calories, it wasn't worth it.
They MIGHT be better on some type of bread (toast/biscuit) with jelly on it to sort of add a different flavor and some moisture--but I didn't have time fo' dat! Maybe on a weekend I could try that. But after I have a bad experience with something, it doesn't matter if there's still some left in my cabinet/fridge-- I ain't going to do that to myself again. Ha!
Now that we're past the FAIL, lets move on to some burger options.
Grillers original flavor were tasty!
I would buy these again for sure. I'm curious about the other flavors though, so I might wait until I've tried a few different flavors to buy more of the original kind.
Last of the fake meat: Spicy Black Bean Burger.
So happy to have found this stuff. It's affordable, not complicated to cook and I'm actually getting some protein from something other than a Clif bar. It keeps me full and I'm probably helping my cholesterol/triglycerides too.
I've seen Morningstar versions of crumbled meat, meatballs and bacon. I'll have to try all of that stuff too and see if there are any more awesome meat fake-outs.
If I've successfully grossed you out enough where meat is concerned, don't be afraid to try some of this Morningstar goodness! And just in case you were wondering, Morningstar did NOT pay me to say/try any of this stuff. I'm not that big of a deal. Yet. Jk jk.
Oh and here's a picture of my morning snack I've been having lately. This can is like 70 cents. I put it in the fridge when I get to work and then it's kinda chilled when I get hungry. The entire can is 120 calories, so that's not bad! Plus I love that it's just in 100% juice. A lot of fruit comes in that weird thick stuff, and I am not a fan. Yum!
|70 ish cents!|
If you've got any awesome meat fake-out suggestions PLEASE let me know by commenting or emailing me at samsmithgriffin (at) gmail (dot) com. So far I am NOT a fan of tofu, FYI.