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May 12, 2010

Recipe Experiment: Chicken-less Strips


My latest experiment with veggie meats has been TJ's Chicken-less Strips. I thought I'd make a stir fry, casserole, or some other great meal with them sometime when I was entertaining. Then I ate all the rest of the groceries in my house, and was home alone, scrounging for something semi-healthy to eat. I took the easy way out and made what turned out to be a fairly good, terribly simple Asian chicken salad.


According to the directions, these can be heated in the microwave, though I suspected that would make them a bit tough. So I tossed the opened package in some Asian-sesame salad dressing for moisture first. I also added about three "cutie" mandarin oranges, peeled and in segments. I microwaved for one minute as recommended, tossed and ate. Surprisingly yummy! The salad wouldn't have been good without the citrus.


I was a bit turned off by the sodium content of this product--just one serving has 14% of your daily sodium intake! Meat eaters, how does this compare with regular chicken strips? Then again, one serving also has 40% of your daily recommended protein, which is something my diet is normally sorely lacking. So, as an occasional supplement in my diet, I think this product has its place.


Have you tried any veggie meat substitutes? What's your favorite product, and how do you prepare and serve it? Please leave me a comment on the blog.

2 comments:

  1. I just read something on Web MD about chicken nuggets that said they are super high in sodium. I'm assuming regular chicken strips would be as well. I never buy ready made chicken strips so I have no idea on the sodium content. I use side dishes from a box but I most often cook from scratch. It is just as easy and I got into the habit when Drew was off dairy for 4 years (allergy that he eventually outgrew). There is very little that is peanut safe and not dairy free. So most packaged stuff was off the menu.

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  2. Bbq riblets. Love them. Make some baked beans and cole slaw and no one would suspect that its a healthy vegan dinner. Mostly I don't care for food that pretends to be something else, but I do love those riblets.

    And for what its worth, I am an omnivore.

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