There were several methods to prepare the meatless patties on the box but I decided pan frying them was my best option. I didn't want to chance them getting dried out in the oven because they were fairly thin. A little oil and into the pan they went for approximately 7 minutes per side until brown. They cooked up pretty beautifully despite not looking like chicken whatsoever.
They had a really great flavour and were quite light and airy inside. The outside was deliciously crispy which was exactly what I like. They didn't have any chicken flavour in my opinion and needed a bit of salt to wake them up. The second time around I gave them a pop of pepper flakes and cajun seasoning which really spruced them up.
Ultimately, I would recommend them if you spot them at the market. There are four per box which is technically two meals if you pair them with a delicious side and salad. Totally worth the money and as I said, they were quite enjoyable.
Upon researching Zoglo's I discovered that they have quite an extensive product line! They carry a variety of meatless products including hot dogs, burgers, various vegetable patties, and other specialty products. They boast no preservatives and absolutely no GMO soy which is a big deal. Their products are available in specialty stores across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Israel, and Australia. They will be continuing to expand to new locations so keep an eye out for their products. I know I can't wait to try the rest of their line!
The price was perfect for the size of the bag and the ingredients list was short and without sciency sounding ingredients. Too many crazy ingredients is a red flag so the short ingredients list was a good thing for sure.
I strongly recommend picking up a bag on your next trip to the grocery store. They also offer non traditional flavours like Jalapeno & Cheddar and Mushroom & Swiss but I haven't been able to confirm that those are vegetarian. If you guys try them please shoot me a comment and let me know what you think!
Until recently, I hadn't considered how cheese was made as I had a vague idea and that felt sufficient. I was taken by surprise when I learned that rennet, sourced from the lining of a slaughtered baby cow's stomach, was used in a variety of cheeses I was unknowingly consuming. The enzyme in rennet can also come from plant / vegetarian safe sources as well. I immediately did my research and found out exactly what to look for when it comes to cheese.
I loved that one serving of the tots contained one full serving of cauliflower. Getting enough veggies in a day is so important and this is a great opportunity to slip an extra serving into your day!
There is one small problem with these delicious tots. A serving is considered 6 tots and comes along with 15% of your daily sodium allowance. This is especially troubling if you're anything like me and wanted to devour the whole darned bag in one sitting! Make sure to keep it to one or two servings to reap the benefits of the cauliflower without pummeling your body with a whole day's worth of sodium!
I loved this product and I look forward to trying their other varieties! Find them in the frozen vegetable section of your supermarket!
If you spot these in the fresh section of your market, give them a go! There are some shortcuts that are absolutely worth taking and this would be one of them!
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I found them to be crispy on the outside and even quite juicy on the inside. The texture was pretty close to what I remembered chicken to be like and they had a great flavour. My father ate his entire serving and remarked that they were quite close to real chicken. If my father is convinced they were pretty close, I'd say they were pretty bang on as he still eats meat regularly.
Overall, they were delicious and comparable to a meat product. They are great for snacking or as a meal with a delicious salad on the side. Definitely worth a buy if you spot them at the market on your next trip!
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I seasoned them with sea salt and a drizzle of EVOO and tossed them into the oven to bake. They definitely get brown and crispy like traditional tots but I found that they needed to cook a bit longer than what the package recommended to get that crispy outside I was hoping for.
Flavour wise they were pretty delicious and I definitely enjoyed the flavours of broccoli. It was a welcome change from traditional tots. I enjoyed the crispy outside but did find that the inside was a bit of a mash so the texture was a bit different than a traditional tot. Not that big of a deal when you consider the benefits of switching to a veggie tot now and again!
Overall, they were crispy on the outside, tasty, and no more expensive than name brand tots. I loved the flavour of broccoli and I loved that every serving of the tots came with a serving of veggies. I would seriously recommend making the swap to veggie tots every so often to keep things interesting and benefit from the veggie servings. After eating these, I'm looking forward to trying the cauliflower tots they offer as well!
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I always read these articles because I like to see how many of these superfoods I consume quite regularly. One might think it's difficult to eat so many things but there are great ways to incorporate a variety of superfoods into your everyday diets. I'm going to share with you a few of the superfoods mentioned in this article that I enjoy regularly and the ways that I enjoy them. You'll see there are plenty of options when it comes to getting more good for you, antioxidant and nutrient rich superfoods.
MORAL OF THE STORY - Don't give up on Parmesan! Most grated Parmesans I looked at did not list rennet as an ingredient so it's my understanding that they are vegetarian. Expect that if you buy a piece of Parmigiano that you're expected to grate, it's definitely authentic and has rennet.
Very sad news for all the vegetarians out there who are enjoying these cheeses and that includes myself. I stumbled across this post today and was shocked to discover the facts about them. Let me explain!
There are 5 cheeses currently that utilize "rennet" to help with the curdling process. Rennet is an enzyme found in the stomach lining of a calf to help them digest milk products. Unfortunately, using rennet in the curdling process actually makes the cheese a non vegetarian cheese. These 5 cheeses are:
As a Vegetarian, it's important to educate yourself and there will always be something new to learn. I've been a Vegetarian now for almost 16 years and this was news to me so it's definitely a learning process. I will be reading my ingredients a little better when I purchase any cheese the next time I visit the market and y'all should definitely do the same. It's going to be hard to stop using parmesan but I refuse to eat anything that involves the stomach lining of a slaughtered calf.
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Lover of a variety of things including cheese, fresh produce, and baby animals of all varieties.