It’s been about a month now; give or take. I have been on a primarily vegan diet to treat my colon cancer. I juice a lot, follow a gluten-free (did that before cancer) and now a vegetarian, if not vegan diet.
I would say that about 95% of my food intake is vegan. I never thought I could give up cheese. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be. Since changing my diet, I have had goat cheese 4 times and feta cheese twice. Not too shabby. I occasionally will have either fish or shellfish.
I have also given up dairy and eggs, in addition to red meat, chicken and pork. I will occasionally do honey; but limit natural sugar. I rarely have any refined sugar these days. My daughter always wanted a rabbit to join the family. She will just have to accept me as a surrogate bunny.
Onto the review…
I saw a blog post about “The Beyond Burger” about a month ago about this alternative meat. As soon as I read about it, I knew I had to try it as soon as it was available.
Earlier this week, when I was doing the weekly grocery shopping, I happened to stumble upon it. It was nestled in the meat department, right about the ground beef. I picked up a package to try, picked up pre-made burgers for the family (rarely do that) and was EXCITED to try it for dinner.
Last night, I cooked up their burgers in one pan and made my “burger” in cast iron pan. They had a perfect sear to them. The “burgers” are primarily made of pea protein and beets. I have had pea protein milk before. It’s a great dairy-free alternative. However, it tends to be a bit more expensive then, say, almond or cashew milk.
I wish I had taken pics of the “burgers” before I added the avocados. I opted to forgo the vegan cheddar cheese. I didn’t put them on a bun, as I didn’t have gluten-free ones available and didn’t feel like going the lettuce wrap route.
While the “burger” didn’t taste like read meat, it “bleeds” while cooking because of the beets in it. They are also a bit smaller than what I would call a traditional burger size.
A bonus for me is they have 30% of the recommended daily volume of protein. I am continually anemic from my cancer. To say, I love this plant-based option, wouldn’t be an understatement. My husband and daughter thought I was nuts when I was so happy about my dinner. You can read more about the nutritional content here.
I topped the “burgers” with avocado and dipped each bite in a bit of mustard. I love mustard and I use it whenever I can. I really enjoyed the taste. I cooked it with just a bit of salt and pepper. Nothing complicated. I made vegan mashed potatoes. The family wanted fries, which I made them in the air fryer for them, but I wanted mashed potatoes.
I don’t often buy pre-made meals for myself. However, this is one option I will definitely do. It makes prepping dinner a bit easier on my busy nights.
If your family does a meatless Monday or you’re trying to cut back on red meat, I would invite you to give this option a try. I think this is now one of my new favorite foods.