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Anyone tried Gardein?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I heard about Gardein for the first time when Oprah hosted Tal Ronnen this week. I had never heard of him either...or of his new cookbook, The Conscious Cook.

I was intrigued with cashew cream...which he Ronnen used to prepare a Celery root soup. I have a daughter who cannot have dairy...this sounded really good.

For years, we have been what is now called flexatarian. Ronnen talked about his recipes and how he has applied french cooking techniques...with Asian influences...to achieve flavor without all the bad for you stuff. Well, THAT sounds good to me, too.

Then he made a recipe using Gardein...never heard of that either!!!but it sounds like a great Idea also. Now to find the stuff to try it.

For that matter, I want to round up the supplies to try the recipes as well as the Gardein.

I would love to succeed with more vegetarian and/or vegan recipes. I don't cook much anymore compared to when I had four teens home plus my DH who eats like a teen.

Ah well, adventure ahead...will try the recipes...will try Gardein if I can find it...and would like to look at that cookbook. Guess I will report back when I have taste tested!






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BOOKWERME 11/9/2009 9:42PM

    Decided to try the gardein before I got the cookbook...and I didn't do any thing fancy with it. I eat chicken so prob. won't need to use this stuff, but it does taste very much like chicken..texture is slightly different. In some recipes, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. I am glad I tried it and can recommend it. VERY handy if you are entertaining vegans or vegitarians!

The cookbook arrived shortly thereafter. It is a lovely book with what looks to be good ideas. I am looking forward to trying some of the things there.

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BOOKWERME 10/29/2009 7:22PM

    Well, I have ordered the cookbook (it hasn't come yet) and found the Gardein at the Whole Foods Store in the fresh foods section. The Gardein website says it is also available at Kroger but I havean't looked there yet. I have not had a chance yet to try it. Will report!

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HONEYDRIPPER 10/29/2009 5:05PM

    Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen' styles.
I'd never heard of it before reading your blog so had to google it to even find out what it is. Sounds interesting and a lot better than all the fake meats made mostly with soy that are available in the supermarket.

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FRENCHTOSD 10/25/2009 2:11AM

    I'll be interested to hear how this goes. We are almost totally vegetarian here now. I eat some fish once in awhile and dairy and eggs. I've had meat in restaurants, but I don't seem to like it anymore now that I've gotten away from it.

My son will barely eat things that have animal products at all. I tried TVP, but I don't like it too much.

Good Luck!

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BOOKWERME 10/24/2009 10:45PM

    Did you find that info at the Gardein website...there is a link there to locate where you can buy Gardein locally to you. You can also watch a clip of Tal Ronnen cooking with it.Thanks for your comment.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 10/24/2009 10:22PM

    I'd never heard of it, but looked it up and found this:

Gardein (combination of the words "garden" and "protein") is a line of plant-based foods with a meaty texture. It is made from a blend of soy, wheat and pea proteins, vegetables and grains. Gardein is healthy; it is high in protein and easy to digest.

Gardein is free of cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fat; the majority of Gardein foods are low fat, too. Gardein products are vegan-friendly.

Gardein is available in a variety of forms and flavors, both 'fresh' and 'frozen'
styles.

Also found that there's a company planning on introducing mainstream grocery stores to a line of frozen Gardein foods soon. Sounds interesting. I wish I would have caught that episode of Oprah, I'm sure I would have been intrigued too.

Have fun exploring the new and exciting! emoticon

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