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The garden protein!

I love this brand. I've only very recently discovered them at Whole Foods in the frozen foods department; they are a bit pricey at about $5-6 dollars for a small box but this brand is very high quality. They list quinoa and amaranth as some of the main ingredients and use both soy protein and vital wheat gluten. They do use cane sugar and I was happy to see it was one of the last of the ingredients on the label so it is a small amount.

The plain tenders were easy to heat in the oven and also not bad in the microwave for those nights when you're so starving you can't wait more than three minutes. They were tasty plain but I also liked dipping them in bbq sauce---sort of like when I was a kid and would eat chicken nuggets only healthy!

The scallopini cut has a nice flavor and goes really nicely with some pasta, olive oil and a little lemon. Toss some steamed asparagus in there and it looks pretty impressive!

The buffalo tenders had a nice mild heat to them--I added my own hot sauce on top because I like them absolutely slathered in buffalo sauce and because I like my mouth to be on fire sometimes.

Hope you guys enjoy them too!

The chicken tenders are the bomb.

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I'm not sure how I feel about the chicken tenders. They look so pretty, but the taste seems...off to me. I might have over cooked them (ok, I did over cook one of them to near blackness) so I'm going to try them again for lunch.

The only other product I tried was the pulled bbq, which smelled and looked awesome as well, but I couldn't deal with the taste. How can something look and smell so good, but taste like rubber? Maybe my taste buds just suck.

I want to try the other products, but am not sure after my last purchases. What other items do you guys find tasty?

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I'm not sure how I feel about the chicken tenders. They look so pretty, but the taste seems...off to me. I might have over cooked them (ok, I did over cook one of them to near blackness) so I'm going to try them again for lunch.

The only other product I tried was the pulled bbq, which smelled and looked awesome as well, but I couldn't deal with the taste. How can something look and smell so good, but taste like rubber? Maybe my taste buds just suck.

I want to try the other products, but am not sure after my last purchases. What other items do you guys find tasty?

There are reviews for their products in this thread. http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=24055.0.  I would suggest staying away from the BBQ pulled shreds and hot wings.  They were not that great.

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The stuffed chicken and nuggets are ick.  The tenders are "meh, but they are good in a pinch".  The Tuscan chicken breasts are the bomb.  I unthaw them in the microwave and sautee in olive oil for a couple of minutes and throw them on some whole grain bread for a quick dinner when I don't feel like cooking after a 12-hour shift.

Like other products of this nature they are a processed food and shouldn't be a staple, but they are good in a pinch.

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The Gardein Meat-Free Tuscan Breasts  with a tomato and basil sauce are truly excellent.

I have had a box of these in my fridge for a while and I can't remember where I picked them up.  I am not a huge fan of other gardein products but I thought these were very delicious.  And one pouch was only 120 calories (with 21 grams of protein).

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Oh man, I just tried Gardein for the first time, and I am so ridiculously in love with the Buffalo wings.  :)>>>

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I've only tried one kind because they're so expenisve but it was really good. This is what I had: http://www.gardein.com/products.php?t=fresh&p=9

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I tried the buffalo chicken tenders when they were on sale at WF.  They were pretty darn tasty.  The buffalo sauce didn't taste like the bright orange sauce I remember, but it was pretty good- sweet and spicy.  I chopped up the 'chicken' and threw it in with my steamed veggies, rice, and sauce.  I hope they go on sale again soon.  Or I hope that I'm not broke forever :)

eta:  The  "Garden Blend" mock meat they now have at Chipotle is Gardein-- soooo good.  AHHHHHHHHH WANT!

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ive tried a couple versions of these - both were chicken style. really weird..maybe the texture was too meaty for me? i had to cut them into teeny pieces so i could finish eating them.. i love the dense amount of nutrients without a huge calorie content, but i don't think i'd buy them again. if you miss meat though i guess i'd say go for it!! :) plus theyre super convenient.

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The frozen chicken nugget ones are really good, best fake chicken nuggets I've ever had.
I've also had the scallopini and it is AWESOME!

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My crazy little food thrift store usually has this stuff for about 1.49, so I buy it there sometimes. I'm actually not a huge fan. It is really meaty-like, and not a huge portion (barely feeds 2 people). I'd never pay full price, but I'll try anything for a buck fifty, yanno?

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Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, I'm jealous! They sell the frozen here for $3.99 and the refridgerated stuff for about $4-$5. The portion is fine for me because I only have to feed myself.

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The only other product I tried was the pulled bbq, which smelled and looked awesome as well, but I couldn't deal with the taste. How can something look and smell so good, but taste like rubber? Maybe my taste buds just suck.

I want to try the other products, but am not sure after my last purchases. What other items do you guys find tasty?

The shreds were almost inedible to me, too. I had to choke them down on some crackers because the taste was so blatant when on a bun.

BUT. I have noticed that there's a big difference between the refrigerated and the frozen items. Frozen is MUCH better. And the cooking has a lot to do with it. You can't overcook or else these things get all tough and wonky.

The plain (or lightly seasoned?) breasts are the best when lightly sauteed on the stove. I try to keep them moist and add a little balsamic at the end and they're super. The 9-grain (or whatever grain) tenders are super just baked in the oven until no longer greasy. They're good enough to eat plain but I also like to chop them up for quesadillas or nachos.

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Okay, so I tried to bake the Scallopini, and it turned out really bland, so I piled some stringed beans on top. I baked them at 350 for about 10-15 minutes, and there was oil coming off them so i figured they were done. Any suggestions as to what went wrong?
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I tried the pulled "pork" shreds...and EWWWWWWW.
I was so disappointed, I couldn't force myself to take more than a few bites.  Gross, gross, gross.  Such a terrible texture, bland, and the sauce was...wierd.  Not bbq-ish at all.

*sadface*

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here's what I do for the scallopini:

in a frying pan sautee the scallopini on med-hi, in just enough oil so that it doesn't stick to the pan and about 1 tbs of lemon juice (maybe a little less if you don't la la la love lemon)

when the scallopini is heated through and browned, put it on your plate and reduce the heat to low. add 1-2tsp earth balance and a couple tablespoons of white wine, plus another tablespoon of lemon juice. use a spatula to scrape the pan if any pieces of the scallopini have stuck on there, you can just let them float around because they are tasty in the sauce. whisk it all together and let it heat for a few minutes until the wine sauce has reduced to about half. whisk in any fresh herbs--parsley is usually what i use--and pour it on the scallopini.

well now i want this for dinner.

usually i serve this with a little pasta (usually angel hair because it feels "light" to me) and maybe sauteed mushrooms or fresh sauteed spinach and chopped tomatoes.

ooh you could also mince a little clove of garlic and whisk that in to the sauce too.

now i really want this for dinner!

hope this helps.  :)

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:)>>>

I just had my first gardein- BBQ pulled shreds- and it was delectable... And I feel like singing of its merits to all vegans! I highly recommend it!

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Wow I think squab was the only one who had anything good to say about the shreds, should I try them or not?! Our first experience with Gardein was over Thanksgiving, my parents made my SO and I the scallopini. It wasn't bad but wasn't great either. The texture was good, but the taste was very bland. I did buy the same recently but cooked it a bit differently. I liberally sprinkled seasonings on the frozen patties, both sides. I used garlic salt, pepper and Old Bay. I followed the directions to finish the cooking then put it on a bun with some pesto on one side of the bun, ranch on the other side and some sauteed onions on top. It was actually very good! These have potential, but definitely have to play with it a bit. Next time I want to try it with italian seasonings and cook it with marinara.

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I used the shreds to make bbq pulled "pork" type sandwiches and they were very good. I really liked them because i love bbq sauce (i put my own on) and then we piled them with coleslaw too but my SO said that a downside to them was that they really only taste like bbq sauce.

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Personally I don't like Gardein Products. They seem to have a weird taste and texture. Maybe since I don't eat alot of processed food I don't like it. The price is to expensive. Processed food  whether they are vegan or not should not be a staple in our diets.

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