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This time around, I tried the Crispy Meatless cutlets. Taking them out of the box, they had an unnerving orangey colour that was kind of strange. Looking at the instructions, pan frying was the safest bet because the oven instructions were very vague but I still decided to bake them up. I put them in at 375F for 20 minutes flipping halfway and when they finished, they didn't look much different than when they came out of the box. I was kind of expecting some brown but they stayed pretty much the same.
They were addictively crispy which is one of my favourite things about anything that's breaded. They had a really great crunch and wonderfully airy texture on the inside. Much like the last product from them that I reviewed, they were lacking a lot of flavour. After a pinch of salt and some sauce on the side for dipping, they were just fine.
Overall, they are a good value because you get 4 cutlets per box. They're easy to make despite the lackluster instructions, they're crispy and airy on the inside, and make a great main paired with a salad and side. I must admit, the nacho cheese orangey hue was a bit off putting and they didn't really taste like chicken but ultimately, they were good. Worth the money and good to have on hand in a pinch! I suggest picking up a box and trying them for yourselves!
Eating the burgers, there were a few things I noticed. They were wonderfully crispy on the outside despite not getting super brown in the frying pan. I like a crispy outside so that was a treat. Flavour wise, I found that they didn't hold up against the toppings I had chosen so I had to rip a piece of the burger off separately to try. It actually had a great flavour and as I mentioned, a great crisp. I could taste the freshness of the ingredients which was great!
Would I call this the best veggie burger I've ever tried? No, probably not. I would however say that they were tasty, crispy, and full of fresh, wholesome ingredients and that says a lot. I am looking forward to trying some of the other products in their line like their broccoli casserole veggie bites, their root veggie burger, and a few of their salad dressings. Overall, I suggest giving their products a try. You can rest assured that whatever you try comes from a fresh, wholesome beginning.
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5 years ago, I couldn't of told you a darned thing about tea. I was very much a coffee drinker and just found tea was like drinking a beverage that had been watered down significantly, like gatorade or koolaid for example. I always found it to be lacking flavour and really had no interest in it whatsoever. Well, as time has gone on, and I've learned so much more about the benefits of drinking tea, I've replaced a lot of the other beverages in my life for tea. I no longer drink coffee after my morning cup, I rarely drink pop, and aside from several glasses of water in a day, I drink tea!
It's time for a little lesson on tea and the many benefits drinking tea can have for your body!
Other varieties of herbal teas include stinging nettle, hibiscus, rooibos, ginger, turmeric, and echinacea. All of these teas have a variety of reported body benefits so it's important to try and get a variety to reap all of the rewards.
5 TIPS for TEA-ING PROPERLY
What I loved about the patties, was how nicely they crisped on the outside. That crisp was the perfect contrast to the pillowy, potato filling. Although they were small, they were perfect for halving and serving on a sub roll. I paired them with avo, spinach, mayo, and pea shoots, and they were pretty fabulous.
Now, the confusing thing to me is how they're labelled. It says, "Veg Burger Patty" on the front of the box which to me, implies they are good to enjoy as burgers. I would put mayo, mustard, relish, pickles, ,cheese, lettuce, tomato, hot peppers, and avo on a regular burger. Some of those toppings would not pair well with these "burgers". I feel like a different description is in order.
Being overly picky aside,, they're pretty good. Just plan on enjoying them a different way than your traditional burger. Enjoy them as patties with a few sides like mashed taters, steamed / roasted veggies, or rice. You can also enjoy them on buns, but be mindful of those indian flavours when choosing your toppings!
This also shines a light on the importance of reading your ingredients before leaving the grocery store. It's apparent that they stock their shelves without realizing they are mixing vegetarian / vegan products and I unknowingly purchased a product that was pretty egg forward. I was ok with this but someone who is vegan obviously wouldn't be so it's super important to take the time to read your labels!
Garden Lites product line is chalk full of veggies in every serving. They have quite a great selection of products with extra veggies hidden inside like frozen waffles, chocolatey muffins with carrot and zucchini, and savoury bites like these Kale and Brown rice bites. I am now a total fan of this line and will be looking for more of their products the next time I shop.
I strongly recommend giving these products a try and would love to hear from you guys should you try one that I have not yet.
They had a really great texture as well which made them easy to eat. Often times, I find bean balls / burgers have a bit of a refried bean consistency inside but these actually had quite a nice bite to them. They definitely held up to the chipotle mayo and salsa in my wrap without getting soggy or falling apart.
I strongly recommend picking these up if you spot them at the grocery store. Having tried two of their products so far, I'd say Oh Naturel is one of my favourite plant based frozen food makers. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the products they offer especially after these tasty black bean bites!
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!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Lover of a variety of things including cheese, fresh produce, and baby animals of all varieties.