I recently picked up a couple packages of Beyond Meat vegan “chicken” strips at Whole Foods. Even though I’ve been vegetarian for years, I’ve never tried Beyond Meat, but have heard great things. Since this is my vegan month, I thought it would be the time to give it a try!
At Whole Foods, a 12-oz package of Beyond Chicken was $3.99. Six strips are approximately 120 calories. They’re 100% non-GMO soy and pea-protein, vegan, gluten-free, and antibiotic-free. Fun fact: Beyond Meat is backed by Bill Gates. Another fun fact: Food Network‘s Alton Brown wrote “it’s more like meat than anything I’ve ever seen that wasn’t meat.”
A salad seemed like the best way to taste Beyond Meat for the first time. Leafy greens, broccoli, “chicken” strips, and a homemade lemon tahini dressing. The dressing had a light creaminess to it and complemented the “chicken” very well. As much as I love tofu, tempeh, and beans, it was a nice change to top my salad with something different.
Beyond Meat’s “chicken” strips are similar in appearance, texture, and taste to Trader Joe’s chickenless strips. Beyond Meat seemed more stringy though. I’ll have to pick up the chickenless strips sometime to do a side by side comparison. I’m not sure if Beyond Meat will fool every meat eater, but as a vegetarian, I thoroughly enjoyed it! They were chewy, but tender. The stringy texture is like chicken breast. Be careful not to overcook it or it’ll get too tough.
There are three types of “chicken” strips available: southwestern style, grilled, and lightly seasoned. So far, I’ve only tasted the grilled strips. The flavor was subtle, but tasty with a kick of black pepper. I have a feeling the lightly seasoned strips might be too bland for my taste, so I will be sticking to the other two flavors. Beyond Chicken would be amazing in a vegan fettuccine alfredo. Or you can tear it up and serve it in tacos. Mmm, yummy!
The verdict? I will definitely be buying Beyond Meat again. Many meat alternatives can be mushy or rubbery, but this was not like that at all. I’m also looking forward to trying the Beyond Beef products and the Beast Burgers too!