May 21, 2010
Morningstar Meal Starters Chik'n Strips
Okay, down to business. This week, I tested out the last product available at my local grocery store. It's definitely time to hit up the co-ops for some additional fake meat. I'd had these Chik'n Strips from Morningstar sitting in my freezer for a long time. Ever since the ill-fated Trader Joe's Chicken-less Strips experience, I've been really wary of fake chicken strips. But, since I hadn't gone co-op shopping yet, it was time.
I was already planning on having a stir-fry for dinner, with real-meat chicken, so I threw the fake meat chicken into a separate pan to heat it up. I figured I could have both, just in case the fake meat was terrible. I used a little bit of oil in the pan, to help keep it from sticking, but ended up using significantly more, because it stuck anyway. Man, did this stuff stick.
Finally, everything was finished, and I assembled my plate - stir fried vegetables and chicken, on brown rice, with two different sauces (I was feeling experimental), and some fake chicken. Before I mixed the fake chicken with either of the sauces or the vegetables, I popped a piece into my mouth. Not bad, actually. Very slight gluten-y flavor, but nowhere as strong as I'd expected, considering the fact that gluten was one of the first ingredients. Even better were the extra-crispy bits that stuck to the bottom of the pan. Granted, those had absorbed a lot of oil, and were practically deep-fried - it's hard to go wrong, there. But they had a nice, crispy texture, and an almost-burned flavor that was very appealing. The strips themselves were not as awesome but still good, especially with the sauce and vegetables. I was pleasantly surprised.
Texture - nicely chewy (with the bonus of the crispy bits)
Flavor - not really chicken-y, but not a bad flavor - like chicken it blends well with other flavors
Final grade for this attempt: A-