Wow. Okay. So, I haven’t posted in…almost six months? What have I even been doing in that time? Let’s see, not getting married, not having kids, really not doing anything of any real importance. So for that, I apologize. I have no good excuse. I’m trying to get my life back on track, as it were – weight loss goals, figuring out where I want my career to be, that sort of thing. This post is going to be pretty quick.
It’s a food feature, since I haven’t really made anything too worthy of writing about lately, and I don’t have any pictures of anything I’ve made recently anyway.
If you’ve read any posts of this blog, you may know that I’m a pretty big fan of the Gardein mock meat products. Yeah, they’re “cheating”, depending on how you view vegetarianism; but it’s quick and easy to make, and most of them are pretty delicious. I present to you:
Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n.
Oh man, this stuff is so good. The texture of the “chicken” isn’t overly chewy or meaty, nor is it soft and stringy, like some mock meats tend to be (I mean, they’re made from vegetables, what do you want?). The sauce is absolute perfection. I could probably drink it by itself.
…that might be a stretch. Anyway, so this “chicken” is pretty spot on, right? Low fat, tons of protein. You could do what I did once after a particularly hunger-inducing gym session and just eat the entire bag (which apparently has 3.5 servings in it…if one serving is feeding a very small child?). Alternatively, you could make it into a delicious meal! I really like it over Annie Chun’s Rice Express Sprouted Sticky Brown Rice, which takes one minute in the microwave to prepare. Yeah, it’s a fairly expensive convenience food – but you get what you pay for, which is the ability to have dinner done in less than ten minutes, which is nice. Plus, Annie Chun’s is a pretty great brand in general; there are usually coupons for the rice products in the sleeves of the soups – I’m a pretty big fan of the udon noodle soup.
So. Make your “chicken” in the pan according to directions (also good with some chopped pepper added), heat the brown rice up, throw some soy sauce or Bragg’s liquid aminos and maybe some garlic salt on it, toss the “chicken” on top, and serve with some salad, or roasted vegetable, or something equally good. Bonus: the mandarin chicken reheats really well. I usually get two meals out of the rice and chicken when I make it, so should you be able to restrain yourself from eating the entire bag of “chicken” (seriously, the sauce is freakin’ delicious), save some for lunch tomorrow. You’ll be glad you did.
I promise I have more posts in the works: restaurant review for The Vortex in Atlanta, a wonderful little bakery called Bon Appetit in Fort Walton Beach, and some beer reviews. How exciting.
Also, if you use My Fitness Pal, find me and friend me on there! I’m striving to eat healthier and be more active, and the more the merrier!