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Veggie Brothers Product Review: Black Bean Soup

April 24, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

It’s been a little bit, but I’m back with some more Veggie Brothers reviews. Let’s start again with their Black Bean Soup.
As with many of the other Veggie Brothers products, you simply place the pouch in water on the stove and bring it to a boil. A few minutes later, you get a steaming bowl of soup.

Once again, Veggie Brothers impresses by delivering a flavorful bean soup that features fresh celery, onions and carrots. There are also little bits of jalapenos in the soup that help give this earthy soup a little zip. Overall impression: It’s hard to believe that only a few moments before the soup was frozen.

Sure, you could grab a can of soup off your shelf and heat it up in the microwave. The extra steps are worth it for this soup.

Veggie Brothers Review: Grilled Mahi Mahi Steak

January 03, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

Grilled mahi mahi steaks are the next to be tried as part of the Veggie Brothers review series. Veggie Brothers describes this dish as “Savory soy fish steaks grilled to perfection and served in a lemon / garlic sauce with fresh rosemary.”

I prepped the frozen meal using the boiling water method.

And, well, let’s just say that the reaction to the taste of this product was the funniest I’ve ever witnessed in my kitchen. My In-house Taste Tester took a forkful of the mahi mahi, put it in his mouth, wrinkled his nose and immediately spit it out into the sink with a decisive, “Yiiiiiick.” Uh-oh.

To be fair, my taste tester never liked fish even when an omnivore so it definitely was the reaction to the fishiness of this product. It does pack some serious fishy taste from the nori that wraps the soy steak. I enjoyed the flavor once I got over the fact that I wasn’t actually eating fish. The sauce was rather buttery and the rosemary added an interesting depth to the flavor profile. I ate the mahi mahi with the Veggie Brothers risotto. I thought the sauce paired well with the risotto.

But, be forewarned, if you don’t like fish…don’t eat this. If you do (or did) like the flavor of fish then you’ll be in mahi mahi heaven.

Grilled Mahi Mahi Steak

Original Price: $9.49
Serving Size 6 oz (168g)
Serving per container 1

Veggie Brothers Review: Escarola con ceci

January 01, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

Now it’s time to try some greens – escarola con ceci – as part of the Veggie Brothers review series.

The description on their website of this side dish is:

Organic escarole brusquely sauteed with organic chick peas, garlic and olive oil for that fresh garden-to-skillet flavor. A little touch of the Italian countryside basking in the Mediterranean sun! High in iron and vitamin A.

I made mine using the boiling method and the greens were steaming as I cut open the packet.

You could definitely taste the garden-to-skillet flavor. In fact, I was amazed that the greens didn’t get too wilty or mushy in the freezing and reheating process. The garlic was very pungent which is a flavor I liked. My In-house Taste Tester found the greens to be a little to bitter for his taste. I tasted the bitterness, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. It brought a nice “punch” of flavor.

Escarola con ceci
Original Price: $4.49
Serving Size 5 oz. (142g)
Serving per container 1

Veggie Brothers Product Review: Southern Fried Steak

December 27, 2010 By: Megabeth Category: Product Review, Veggie Brothers Reviews

As part of my Veggie Brother review series, I next take a taste of their Southern Fried Steak.

Veggie Brothers describes this dish as: “Our delicious high protein vegetarian veal steak, breaded with organic flour, soymilk and breadcrumbs then prefried in non-GMO expellor pressed Canola oil “veal” never had it so good!”

My serving size was a little off in my packaging. Although advertised as “2 servings,” I received one giant piece of steak and one little itty bitty steak. It was like receiving a planet and then its moon. I’ll assume that packing is done by weight and that’s what happened – one small piece for a man, one giant piece for mankind, perhaps? No fears, the big piece was giant and easily cut into two portions.

Following the “preferred cooking method” instructions, I placed the “steak” in the oven for 20 minutes in a baking dish and covered loosely with foil.  The result, was a crispy piece of “steak” so I am glad I took the time to cook it that way.

Meanwhile, the little packet brown gravy happily simmered in a pot of water for 10 minutes in its original packaging.

Before I get into a review of the taste of the product, let me do a Megabeth flashback….

When I was little, I loooooved to eat at a place called Po’ Folks. (Seriously, that’s what it was called and no I’m not embarrassed to admit it…although I’m sure I’m going to hear about this from someone.) Anyway, their specialty was down home cookin’, drinks out of mason jars and red and white checked plastic tablecloths. I ordered the same thing every time – country fried steak or rather “kuntry fried steak” as their menus spelled it out. Yes, that’s right, Megabeth wasn’t always a vegetarian and yes I’ve cited something called “kuntry fried steak”…but stick with me.

You see, what I loved about their country fried steak wasn’t the steak – it was the peppery, spicy, crispy, flavorful breading and the peppery thick gravy. It was durn good. Anyway, while I know that “Po’ Folks” was not Michelin Star rated, that does not mean that I can’t let them set the bar for country fried steak, er, kuntry fried steak.

Now, back to the review…

Let’s just say that, as provided, the Veggie Brothers steak and gravy got about halfway to that really high bar. The texture was correct for the breading and the gravy but it just didn’t have that ooooomph of what I found to be perfection in a Po Folks country fried steak. But, after some heavy handed application of some freshly ground pepper I hit that high note of seasonings for both the gravy and the breading. So, as prepared, the southern fried steak needs a little more seasoning but that’s easily remedied.

My advice, also, would also not let the gravy sit too long on the steak or put it to the side. In the time I took the final shots of the prepared dish, the part under the gravy got a bit mushy. But, heck, you’re not taking pictures of everything you eat, right? You should be just fine.

Southern Fried Steak

Original Price: $9.99
Serving Size 3 oz. (140g)
Serving per container 2

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