This was a quick and easy dinner out of a bag. I’ve been hearing good things about Gardein faux-meat products. I don’t usually cook from the freezer section, but it is one of Dan’s dreams that we incorporate a few quick meals in to our rotation. So here is attempt number one from the freezer section.
The ingredients in the Gardein package are as follows:
gardein™ : water, soy protein isolate*,vital wheat gluten*, expeller pressed/canola oil, organic ancient grain flour (kamut ®, amaranth, millet, quinoa), natural flavors (from plant sources), modified vegetable gum, yeast extract, potato starch, sea salt, organic cane sugar, vinegar,pea protein, carrot fiber, organic beetroot fiber, garlic powder, onion powder, extractives of paprika and tumeric. batter: wheat gluten, modified cornstarch, toasted wheat crumbs, soy protein isolate, wheat flour, cane sugar, salt, onion powder, soy lecithin, spices, cream of tartar, baking soda, garlic powder. sauce: water, evaporated cane juice, rice vinegar, less sodium soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt, alcohol), fruit puree (water, mandarin and tangerine juice concentrate, chopped orange peels, natural flavor), salted sake (water, rice, salt), corn starch, thai chili sauce (sugar, water, chili paste, garlic, vinegar, modified food starch, salt, fermented wheat protein, cayenne pepper, citric acid, xanthan gum), ginger, expeller pressed canola oil, white pepper.
I started this meal with brown basmati rice. I chose to make this with one cup of rice, one cup of coconut milk and a half cup of water. I brought the rice to a boil, reduced the heat, covered and let cook for 40 minutes. The rice turned out slightly sweet and held its shape nicely with out getting sticky or gummy.
The main course was frighteningly easy. About 10 minutes before the rice was done I steamed the broccoli with a little orange juice and soy sauce in one pot, while cooking the Gardein in the other. Then I added the little packet of ‘sauce’ to the faux chicken and added the broccoli.
It was a lovely little dish that tasted a lot like restaurant style orange chicken, with a bit of the texture of seitan. Which makes sense, since one of the main ingredients is wheat gluten. If I had prepared the rice the night before, it would have taken me about 10 minutes to get the meal warm and on the table. Which is a compelling reason to keep a bag of this in the freezer.