Thursday, September 2, 2010

Helen's Kitchen Review, Part I

Well, even though I struck out a few times at different grocery stores, I continued going back, more than determined by this point to get something that I could eat that was made by Helen's Kitchen, if it killed me! The other night, I saw two things I could eat were actually in stock, so I rushed to open the freezer door and snatched them up before anyone else could. Either these are the most popular frozen foods out there, or Whole Foods' distributor is not very good, because they were actually the last of both varieties on the shelf, and since I've been back, the shelves are STILL empty!

Anyway, I digress. I picked up the BBQ Tofu Steaks and Indian Curry and was ready to eat. This review is covering the BBQ Tofu Steaks

It comes in a 4-pack, and inside is not unlike the usual packaging for any type of veggie burger. It's very convenient, therefore, to ration out for multiple meals. The first time I cooked it, I used a George Foreman grill. I didn't do anything to it besides cooking it in the grill, and served it as the protein in my "Better Than A Baked Potato" recipe. I actually didn't taste it much, as it blended in well with the rest of the flavors, but I did notice a drier texture, and I blamed it on my method of cooking. 

Last night, I tried again, this time sautéing it in a pan with olive oil and serving it with sauteed zucchini, corn, sweet Walla Walla onions and red peppers. It still was a bit dry, but I enjoyed the taste because it actually reminded me a bit of chicken. It's called "steak", and I think it works best in a recipe that calls for an animal protein. When I first had it, I expected it to taste like flavored tofu, but the company has really perfected the taste and texture to be that of a true meat substitute. I definitely would recommend it, and will probably buy it again (if it's ever in stock again!).

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