Albeit, a bit of an oxymoron, however, some of these new vegan meat substitutes are GREAT and some are well… better left in the freezer. That’s why I’m here, to help you decipher which to buy and which to save your hard earned money (some of these will run you almost 6-7$ for 4 servings of so!)
I discovered Beyond Meat on vacation with my boyfriend. We stayed in a cozy AirBnB and decided to cook most of our meals to save money and eat healthier. He prefers to eat vegan, and I have also been trying to reduce my meat intake, so we purchased the Beyond Meat Beyond Beef crumbles and the “chicken” strips. — I was going to post a review of the “chicken” strips, which, were so awful, they were barely edible, but I saw the company has recently discontinued them. I’m almost annoyed I spent money on them.
BEFORE you judge me, I eat meat and I eat meatless. I have found amazing vegan alternatives that I actually prefer over meat. So this review is ENTIRELY unbiased.
However… Beyond Meat is Beyond terrible. For both products we purchased, my boyfriend (who eats way more vegan products than I do) picked around the meat. I sauteed the beyond beef crumbles in oil as instructed, and I did not overcook. We combined them with Amy’s refried beans and Whole Foods taco shells with salsa. A cute taco night, right?
More like a taco night fail. We ended up eating tacos with salsa and refried beans. The meat was chewy, dense, and rubbery. I set some aside and added some stir fry sauce to have with vegetables and found myself picking around the chewy, rubbery, bland “meat” and just eating the vegetables.
The verdict? AVOID. At least avoid these two. Will update you guys and gals as I buy more meatless products but I’m not exactly thrilled about trying the other products Beyond Meat has to offer.
1 star. (0 stars for the “chicken”).