It’s not often that I eat sandwiches but when I do it’s only with the finest and freshest ingredients as nothing else would satisfy my pallet nor body.
Recently inspired to try Gardein products from the lovely endorsement Tal Ronnen gave the brand in his Conscious Cook Book, I went to Whole Foods and purchased the “pulled pork” flavor. Now, I am not one for buying faux meat products mostly because they are not whole foods and quite frankly I do not miss the texture of meat and for the most part don’t care for that texture in my cuisine at all. However, I felt the urge to try this product out thinking that this could be a good solution to offer people who are transitioning away from meat and searching for a substitute. I took one for the team and tried the pulled pork in this beautiful sandwich and here’s what I thought.
The sandwich was superb in taste, great sweet hickory flavor and a nice addition of lemon and olive thanks to the superb bread from GTA. However, I did not care for the texture of the pulled pork although brilliant as it is, it truly has the exact same texture as pulled pork, I slightly cringe at the resemblance.
I much prefer crunchy whole food veggies to faux meat textures for many obvious reasons. Don’t get me wrong I think the product has a lot to offer many transitioning eaters, it will help many people take steps in a healthier and compassionate direction for this I am very thankful for these products and recommend you try them if you are in the market for this type of food.
The whole sandwich digested very well and did not make me heavy feeling nor lethargic, which has been my experience with other faux meat brands on the market which is a primary reason why I don’t typically eat these type of foods. Overall a satisfying sandwich with great crunch from the bread (I lightly brushed Adams Ranch Olive Oil on each slice and pan toasted them until lightly golden). A flavorful filling of hickory, avocado and super fresh baby romaine from Maggies Farms.
I think meatless solution companies like Gardein and Veggie Grill are making huge steps toward positive change for our planet, species and all of its inhabitants. I think we still need to practice much moderation when eating these products as it’s important to remember they are not whole foods and our bodies thrive from the nutrients found in pure plant food. It would be wise to accompany these Gardein food items with heaps of fresh vegetables and to order the hail kale with buffalo wings if you find yourself at Veggie Grill.
P.S. I’d be happy to post my recipe for the Backyard Baked Fries (pictured in top photo). Leave a comment requesting the recipe and any feedback you have with your experiences using meatless products.
When you’re in the mood for a sandwich make it yourself, you can ensure quality this way and hand select only the finest ingredients for each and every delicious layer.
- 1 package Gardein Pulled Pork
- 4 slices olive bread (or any bread you prefer)
- 1 medium avocado
- 4 leaves baby romaine lettuce
- 4 thin slices vegan cheddar (I used almond based cheese)
- Brush the bread with olive oil and pan both sides until golden brown.
- In a small pan add the pulled pork and warm it up for a few minutes.
- Add the pork onto of the bread while bread is in the pan still heating up and then add the cheese.
- Remove bread once cheese has melted, and add avocado and lettuce.
- Close sandwich and cut in half (it’s easier to eat and much less messy).
Christina Ross is a dynamic chef, educator, columnist and blogger who loves to have her hands in all areas of healthy eating and healthy living. She has made it her mission to spread happiness and health to the masses and does so through her raw vegan food company PatisseRaw, blog Love-Fed.com, column in Natural Child World Magazine and classes taught privately and publicly at Whole Foods Markets. Christina is currently in the works of publishing her first cookbook and in the meantime she has shared some of her energizing, creative and fun recipes and wisdom with us.