Thursday, March 15, 2007

Burritos with Lightlife Chick'n Strips


These burritos with poblano chili, onion, Lightlife Chick'n Strips, salsa, and guacamole on sprouted corn tortillas made a super-healthy meal. Typically, I would have used refried or black beans as the protein here, but as the Lightlife folks were kind enough to gift me a box of their vegetarian faux meat products, I decided to try the chick'n strips.

Up front, I have to say I'm not big on faux meat products. I do have some favorites: Lightlife's Gimme Lean sausage is fantastic in my English Sausage Rolls (I'm enjoying one as I write this, in fact); Gardenburger's Chick'n Grills are also favourites; and I love Morningstar's "Bacon" and "Sausage Patties". Do I like them because they taste like the real thing? Nope. I haven't had the real thing in over 20 years, so it's not about authenticity (although meat eaters can't believe those sausage rolls are vegan). Like most food, it's all about taste and texture.


Sadly, I wasn't sold on the chick'n strips. I thought they were a little bland and rubbery and something about the shape bothered me: too uniform, too shiny, too unnatural. They didn't have a layered texture , which I think is critical: Morningstar's Meal Starter Strips are much better in this regard. Also the seasoning was too mild, not hearty or salty.

That said, they are an undeniably healthy source of protein. A 6 oz package contains a mere 160 calories, 0 fat, and a whopping 30g of protein. That's really pretty amazing.

I was hoping to try these on a Thai Chick'n pizza, but I think the texture won't really work. I'm thinking these might be best added to a Korma curry near the end of the simmer time.

I was very excited to find Food for Life's Sprouted Corn Tortillas at our local Whole Foods, however. They are packed with fresh corn flavour:


Blogger Linda said...

i love lightlife products but have still yet to try their chicken strips. i'd love to do it this way! i dont remember the last time i had anything even resembling a chicken taco!

9:46 AM  
Anonymous gilly said...

Hi Catherine - sorry to hear the strips weren't quite up to expectation. I love FFL's Sprouted Ezekiel Tortillas. I've never found the corn ones, but I bet they are fantastic!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Syl said...

That's to bad you didn't like the Chik'n strips. My husband and I really like these a lot. They're really good pan fried in a bit of oil with sliced red & yellow bell peppers. I really like your blog. It's nice to see one focused on vegetarian cooking. :)

5:11 PM  
Blogger Karina said...

Hi Catherine! I must find out if those sprouted corn tortillas are gluten-free. They sound fantastic. [I tried to e-mail you - can you please e-mail me at glutenfreegoddess at gmail dot com? Thanks!]

8:30 AM  
Blogger Karina said...

PS:: It's not a question about the tortillas. I wanted to tell you something re: blogging. Thanks!

8:35 AM  

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