I am an unapologetic sucker for new products. The shiny packaging, the allure of something new to taste- yes, bring on the processed food! While I make a great effort to source my life from whole foods, these meat analogues are fun to play with from time to time. The Gardein meatless ground is now available at Costco stores in the refrigerated section. According to the package, it can be frozen for up to 3 months. Once thawed, it should be consumed within 1-2 days. Though not organic, the soy and wheat ingredients are non GMO.
I used one package and crumbled it before adding it to my sauce. Simple sauce: 1 onion diced, 4 cloves garlic, one 15oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, one 15oz. can fire roasted crushed tomatoes, 1/2 jar sun dried tomatoes in oil pureed, 2 small carrots finely chopped, Penzey’s Tuscan seasoning, fresh basil, salt+pepper to taste.
The crumbles are added after the sauce has been simmering for about an hour. One package of Gardein ground equals 1.2 pounds of ground beef. I found that the crumbles soak up a lot of liquid, so I would only use a half package of the crumbles next time. I like a saucier sauce consistency, so use less crumbles or add an additional can of tomatoes. Two 15oz cans for half pack OR three 15oz cans for a whole pack of meatless ground.
Behold, the sauce!
Of all the vegan ground products I’ve tried, this is the most convincingly “meaty”. The texture isn’t weirdly spongy like other meatless grounds. I’ll definitely keep some on hand for lazy days when I want to make tacos, sloppy joes or pasta sauce.
Winner, winner Gardein dinner!
Spaghetti ala Bolognese
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