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Beyond meat?

Any reviews? Looking for something with a really good protein count that I can make a meal from...

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  1. My only issue with it was the cost (like $8 per pkg!), tasted very good with a good texture. But honestly not significantly better or different from the chickenless strips at trader joes or the version that Yves makes- which are less than half the price. I actually don't even have faux meat very often.... Field roast makes really great high protein products but no faux chicken item. Their sausages are very popular with veg*ns and omnis, highly recommended.

    For high protein vegan options tempeh (approx 25g protein per serving) lentils (approx 18g protein per cup) hemp seeds (approx 10g protein per 2TB) and pressed baked tofu (varies, approx 15g protein) would be my first picks- hemp seeds are amazing since you can add to nearly anything.

      1. I like their product very much. I disagree that it is similar to TJs Chicken-less strips. Those, I believe, are seitan, as are Upton's products. Those are both great, but Beyond Meat has a very different texture and flavor. It is pea-based, and does not have any kind of sauce/strong seasoning, so lends itself better to various preparations. I have used it in a Pad See Ew recipe (the ATK "No-stir, Thai noodles"), as well as sautéed with onions in a mustard sauce, over mashed potatoes.

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        1. re: Science Chick

          The Whole Foods near me makes Buffalo sticks out of Beyond Meat and puts them on the salad bar. So tasty. I buy these from the salad bar and eat them with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing for dinner. Feels naughty, tastes great.

        2. I think they are pretty good as long as served mixed into a recipe on not on their own. For example, I wouldn't just eaten the chickenless strips as my protein with side items, I would want to shred it and make tacos or something. My favorite proteins (outside of beans, which I absolutely adore), or more so my favorite vegan meats, would be Gardein brand or Whole Foods 365 brand. The chickenless nuggets buy 365 are the best I've had. A company called Delight Soy, though not nearly as widely available, has a nugget and patty that are amazing in a chickenless salad (I mix with celery and just mayo or vegenaise).

          Another great one, absolutely amazing, is Butlers Soy Curls. They can be purchased at many places online and they are made from whole soybeans, they aren't overly processed which I love. Plus, they're freaking TASTY.

          I've been plant based for a very long time and if you let me know what kinds of meals you're hoping to make I can attempt to give you some good substitutes. :)

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          1. re: hudleree

            Could you give some ideas for the Soy Curls? I bought some and tried them once, but we really didn't love them that much. Texture kinda weird. I soaked and squeezed them out,as suggested,and made a BBQ preparation as suggested for BBQ sandwiches. I found them to be a bit rubbery and squishy, and didn't absorb the sauce flavors that well.

            1. re: Science Chick

              I agree, SC. Was not impressed with the texture or even the shape. Tried them a couple of times. There are still a couple of pkgs in the pantry so I would love to hear any good ideas for them. Maybe if they were cooked to have crispiness that would help.

              Beyond Meat uses canola oil which I try to avoid. Do not like the taste or the source.

              1. re: ElsieB

                Beyond Meat is going to be helpful to me as my dad developed a soy allergy and I've been using quorn and Grain Roast sausages...so the chicken strips and beef crumble is pretty great. Personally I can recommend Quorn meatballs (veg not vegan) if you lightly pan fry them and then put them in a sauce they have the best texture of all the meatball products I've tried.

            2. re: hudleree

              Could you please add any Soy Curl recipes to this thread about Soy Curls and what to do with them? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987497

              I've only got about a third of the way through one bag and I bought six. Thanks!

            3. I rather liked the Beyond Meat chicken strips. The beef crumbles were not as stellar but if you can grab some free coupons, definitely try it out to see what you think


              1. I admit I haven't tried the product. Though I wish to look at the packaging, where do you buy? Here are some alternatives:

                1. Do with less protein, protein is overrated. If you ever read a book called "The China study" by T. Colin Campbell you will realize the meat industry has lied to us, and convinced the government and even our public education system that protein is awesome.

                2. Nuts and legumes have high amounts of protein.

                3. Just eat a little bit of real meat, like fish. I don't think there's much of a difference between 99% vegan and 100%.

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                1. re: Bottomless_Pit

                  I am curious why you are responded regarding a product you haven't tried. The OP isn't asking for people's opinions about what they should/shouldn't eat in a vegetarian diet, rather they want to know whether folks like Beyond Meat products as a protein source.

                  As an NIH-funded research scientist, I recommend caution when referencing Campbell's book. It is highly selective in terms of the literature it cites to make its case, and flagrantly disregards opposing studies based on rigorous scientific data. This is not a scholarly book, but a biased attempt to promote one individual's agenda.

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    If you disagree with Campbell's book there is plenty more. Avoiding Degenerative Disease by Don Bennett,DAS writes about a 80/10/10 diet. With 80% carbs/10% proteins/10% fats on page 53.

                    1. re: Bottomless_Pit

                      I don't disagree with the likelihood that varying diets can have an effect on longevity and/or quality of life. I am a vegetarian for these very reasons. What I take exception to, and what you as a consumer should also realize, is that just because someone publishes a book doesn't make them an expert on the science. Lay people don't know how to critically read the scientific literature and, 9 times out of 10, I find that non-scientists (particularly those trying to sell you something) cherry pick published papers that make their case, without regard to the quality of the science. There are ALOT of poor studies published. What separates scholars from non-scholars is the ability to critically read all of the literature and separate the wheat from the chaff.

                  2. re: Bottomless_Pit

                    With all due respect, when posting on a vegan/ vegetarian board, to tell people to "just eat a little bit of real meat, like fish" is quite rude. I will not touch meat or fish, and unfortunately for medical reasons I need to be taking in a lot of protein.
                    Fortunately Gardein is excellent quality protein and I was just wondering if there was another source that I am unaware of.

                    1. re: marissaj

                      totally agree: 'eat real meat' is not appropriate for this board.

                      I forgot to add: Seitan is quite cheap and has about 22 grams of protein per serving, soy tempeh is similarly high in protein, Morningstar sausage patties are small and pack a wallop too. Greek style yogurts if you eat dairy can also be that high. there are also vegan protein drinks soy/non soy ones

                      1. re: marissaj

                        I'm sorry, I just wanted to point out all available options. Personally, I'm struggling to go 100% vegan. I just seem to lack the self discipline, so its hard to imagine someone who can achieve such a lofty goal.

                        As for Beyond Meat I looked up the ingredients:

                        "Ingredients:Water, non-GMO pea protein isolate, non-GMO expeller-pressed canola oil, spices, beef flavor (yeast extract, maltodextrin, natural flavoring, salt, sunflower oil, onion powder), chicory root fiber, rice flour, tomato powder, caramel color, sugar, contains 0.5% or less of: calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, lime juice concentrate, citric acid, onion extract, chili pepper extract, garlic extract, paprika extract."


                        1. re: Bottomless_Pit

                          I grew up vegetarian, I recently gave up dairy and I will only buy 100% free roaming eggs that are certified humane. I cannot give up eggs, but dairy was very easy for me to give up. I would eat dairy again before I eat meat or fish, and frankly there is pretty much zero chance of my eating dairy again- being vegan was never really the ultimate goal for me but I felt strongly about giving up dairy for some reason.
                          I cannot seem to find Beyond Meat anywhere- I am most interested in the chicken strips, but I am doing really well with Gardein and Sols Cuisine. Even Quorn, but they don't have as much protein.
                          Another brand (Kosher markets only) that I am a huge fan of is Tivall- especially their hot dogs (vegan, not vegetarian). The 365 range from Whole foods- the nuggets- are also really good (and vegan).

                          1. re: marissaj

                            I have only seen beyond meat in whole foods in nyc. I wasn't the biggest fan of it myself. Field roast and trader joes meatless balls are the only faux meats i seem to re-purchase.... But i love tempeh which is same amount of protein as faux meats (and cheaper and easier to find) so i buy that more often than not.

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              It's funny how tastes differ...I've tried the field roast products several times and always find them dry and chewy. I've only used the Beyond Meat chicken strips and like those occasionally, but usually I stay away from faux meats. TJs meatless meatballs aren't bad, I agree. I make my own now, with a lacto-ovo recipe that has walnuts and tofu and is amazing in texture and flavor. They even hold up simmered in sauce for an hour and stay tender inside!

                              1. re: Science Chick

                                taste is so interesting. Neither do I care for field roast nor my family. I too find it dry, chewy or in the case of the sausages too 'real.' If it were just me I'd be happy without fake meat entirely. I prefer making Adventist loaves and patties, from nuts, oats, beans etc..

                                1. re: Rory

                                  I'm with you, except I really like Morningstar black bean burgers and sausage patties. Faux hot dogs and corn dogs freak me out because they taste too much like the real deal.

                                  1. re: MplsM ary

                                    I too love the Morningstar breakfast sausages and SmartDogs...also those Morninstar vegan corndogs! We have these occassionally as a treat, but try to steer clear of vegan "junkfood", as we affectionately call it in my house.

                            2. re: marissaj

                              The Super Target near me just recently started carrying Beyond Meat. They put a new line of their own product (Market Pantry or Archer Farms) next to it, too. If you have a Target near you, you might ask.

                              Edited to add: This was meant to be a reply to MarissaJ, but I'm not sure I got it in the correct place. :)

                              1. re: adirunner

                                Wait archer farms now makes a fake meat too?! This is great!!

                                1. re: marissaj

                                  Archer Farms is just Target's house label, probably made by someone else....I wonder which faux meat product(s) they sell? I don't see any on the website, but it is a bit confusing to search (don't know what they are calling it)

                                  1. re: marissaj

                                    It's Simply Balanced. I have yet to try the frozen stuff, except for vegetables, but all the Simply Balanced items I've tried have been very good.

                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                      Thanks! Any idea what they were called...looks like they have over 250 products in that line! I would love to see what they have for these products...

                                      1. re: Science Chick

                                        I'm heading to Target tonight. This will be my last big grocery run for a month or more while our building repours and rebuilds our very steep, heated parking ramp entrances. This will be the last easy grocery run until repairs are complete, so I'll be buying all the bulky and/or heavy stuff. I'll keep an eye out - maybe take a couple pics if I can.

                                        It looks like instead of straight up mock meats, they are focusing on frozen dinner-type things. I'll let you know what I find.

                                        1. re: MplsM ary

                                          I had the Simply Balanced Mushroom Miso Meatless Turkey for dinner. I actually think they use Soy Curls, not Beyond Meat. The packaging looks like Beyond meat, the innards look and taste like Soy Curls.

                                          It would be really good over noodles or rice. Just plain it was a salt bomb. For a frozen dinner - thumbs up.

                                        2. re: Science Chick

                                          This is a pic if that's helpful at all. I've not tasted them yet, but I'm hoping they'll be good for those "can't be bothered to make something wholesome" nights.

                                        3. re: MplsM ary

                                          Yes! My apologies. It is the Simply Balanced line, not Archer Farms.

                                  2. re: Bottomless_Pit

                                    BottomlessPit; don't force or judge yourself: if you are Vegan 20 out of 30 days that's great. It's just that in this forum we want vegan and vegetarian advice and support.