Sunday, June 24, 2012
Food Review: Gardein Slow Cooked Barbecue Riblets
My local Fresh n Easy store is pretty awesome...it carries loads of vegan goodies like Daiya cheese, So Delicious ice cream and Gardein products! They added quite a few Gardein products lately, and the other day I was delighted to find Gardein's vegan Slow Cooked Barbecue Riblets!
Do you remember when Gardenburger used to make THE vegan riblet a few years back? I was sooooo pissed when they stopped making those! Of course, we have Morningstar's version of riblets, but they just seemed pricier than what Gardenburger used to charge, so I have gone without vegan riblets for a long time.
So, you can imagine my glee when I saw that riblets from Gardein were available! Now, I'm not sure how long these have been on the market, but since I haven't seen them available before I imagine they must be relatively new.
There are two riblets per pack and I paid either $3.99 or $4.99 for them (apologies for not having the exact amount...I was too excited to try these and didn't pay that much attention to prices!). You prepare them by taking them and all their lovely BBQ sauce out of their packets and sticking them in the microwave for a few minutes. The scent that fills the kitchen while you are making these will definitely get your mouth watering!
I served my riblets on some hamburger buns, but there are tons of different ways to enjoy these, such as over rice with some veggies. I wanted something summer-y, though, so on a bun it went!
It was love at first bite! The riblet is tender, flavorful and is a delicious, cruelty-free substitute! I loved the tangy yet sweet BBQ sauce and the texture was just spot-on. It was filling without being heavy and left me feeling happy and satisfied!
Bravo (again) to Gardein for creating another outstanding faux meat dish! With products like these, I don't understand while people still choose to eat dead animal flesh!
For more info on Gardein and where to find their products (even major grocery stores are carrying their products now), please visit their website!