Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fajitas + Trader Joe's Chicken-less and Beef-less Strips

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This is my standard I-really-don't-have-time-to-cook-and-all-the-restaurants-are-closed-and-there's-no-way-I-will-eat-more-pizza-or-bad-Chinese-delivery dish. It's really pretty simple -- slice up one onion, one green bell pepper, one red bell pepper, one jalapeno pepper, add some mock chicken (or beef) strips and some salsa. Voila! Fajitas!

It brings us to the second installment of the product review feature, where I eat fake meat and tell you just how they taste. Some are good, some are okay, others are just downright inedible. For our fajitas, I used Trader Joe's Chicken-less Strips and Beef-less Strips. These meat-less strips are mushy when compared to meat -- there is no density, chewiness or "meaty-ness" in these strips. The texture is all wrong and not at all similar to meat. But appearance-wise, these strips can fool you into thinking they are the real deal if you're not looking closely. If you bite into a strip, you can see that the cross section looks similar to the muscles in real meat.

Taste is where these strips really fail to emulate meat. Before you ask, there is no significant difference in taste between the two products. If there is, then I'm sorry because my palate is not sophisticated enough to discern those subtleties. There are some red pepper flakes that are packaged in with the strips, but the strips are pretty bland and don't taste like either chicken or beef. But they don't taste like soy either, which is a big bonus. Spicy salsa is a good condiment to add to this product because it provides flavor that this product clearly lacks.

Texture: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Taste: 3 out of 5 stars
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

In A Nut Shell: Meh. Not horrible, but not awesome. It's edible with some spicy salsa.

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