These are my favorite, the orange crispy chicken. They take just 6-8 minutes to prepare and served with a little leftover rice or noodles and some raw veggies, I have a really tasty workday meal. The orange chicken, unlike many veggie "meats" contains just ancient grains, not just whole wheat flour, such as amaranth, millet, quinoa, and KAMUT khorasan wheat. The coating does have a little wheat but it's non-GMO and non genitically-engineered.
Gardein has quite a line of products and this one and the regular crispy chicken pieces I have every single week when I work from home. The "pork" and "beef" strips are also excellent and make great faux Chinese or Thai "takeout" (recipes on the Gardein blog). Just a note: If you are at Trader Joe's and see the meatless crispy chicken in the freezer case- I am almost positive it's made by the Gardein people for Trader Joes. The Crispy chicken has a real unique look/coating and taste and they are EXACTLY like my Gardein ones and made in the same place, but they are cheaper. So be on the lookout.
Today I worked for home and was able to cook, eat and post about my choice on my 30-minute break. All I needed was a dish with hot water to warm the ready-made sauce and a pan with a little olive oil the heat the chick'n.
Gardein is a Canadian company. I'm beginning to think that Canada has stricter food regulations than the US. I get my Kraft blue box mac and cheese through Canada, which up there is called KD (what they call it). Seriously, I'll buy a case of it at a time. It has way less artificial ingredients and additives than the US Kraft dinner and tastes better with less fat. Even my husband who does not like the US version gobbles it up. The Gardein products as well have way less "science experiment" sounding ingredients than some US brands of veggie "meats". Maybe it's a coincidence but I've been very pleased with the quality of those two items.
You can find Gardein all over the US (Carol - where you live they are at Smith Foods).
Dividing the package in half (no sauce) is
0 grams Saturated or Trans fat
less than 400 mg sodium
and the best part 15 grams of protein.
Adding a tablespoon of the yummy sauce to your entree adds just 40 calories and 8 grams of sugar.
With a couple big spoonfuls of rice and some veggies I had a filling lunch, ready in 10 minutes, for less than 300 calories that was SERIOUSLY better than those frozen diet meals.
click on photo to enlarge -I dare you
Gardein also has 4 yummy gluten free products.
ground Beefless (great in any recipe that calls for hamburger)
chick'n Scallopini (yummy!)
garden burger and
black bean burger.
Enjoy - a Cow or Chicken will thank you!