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 Post subject: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:25 pm 
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Scored some Beyond Meat™ chicken strips. Has anyone else had them? What did you think?

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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Are they what WF uses in their sweet and sour vegan chicken? If so, I thought it was flavorless and revolting. Not at all what they use in the General Tsos.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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lavawitch wrote:
Are they what WF uses in their sweet and sour vegan chicken? If so, I thought it was flavorless and revolting. Not at all what they use in the General Tsos.

I have no idea. :/

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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Did you like it? I don't really remember the taste or texture of meat, so I mostly like the vegan products without really referencing back to anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:40 am 
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Those look great! Honestly, I prefer Soy Curls but I think Beyond Meat is pretty fascinating.

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A vegan food cart in my town just started carrying Beyond Meat and using it in their dishes. I had a chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, and some cashew based sauces on a nice bun and it was freaking delicious. I think it's remarkably chicken-like, which will freak some people out, but I am not one of those people. I love it and I've psyched about them.


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I'm definitely curious about this stuff. I read an article about it in Slate last year, and Mark Bittman's take in the NY Times. Both said the product would easily fool them if they didn't know what it was. I remember a quote from the company's founder in one of the articles. It was about how their strategy is going to be to sell the product in grocery stores next to the meat instead of with the produce or with the tofu, in hopes that "meat" will stop being thought of as "meat"/flesh and just be thought of as protein.

Don't want to start a full fledged debate in your delicious food porn thread, but I don't know about this approach. On the one hand, it sounds appealing...but it feels like it would perpetuate the myth that vegans can only get protein from "fake" meat products (even if this product is made from healthful plant protein, not all such products are, and many aren't exactly healthy). Like protein is a nutrient that only comes from meat or something that is meat like, instead of a nutrient that can be had just as easily from whole, unprocessed plant foods.


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I wonder if this stuff will make its way to Canada. I'd like to try it and So far I've found gardein products to just be ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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I had a few bites (before I found out I was allergic) and BM is really chicken like. My boyfriend really digs it. At WF they had it n a verde sauce which was the best and in a cold salad with grapes - it was good but tasted better warm.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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That looks creepily chicken-like. I don't think I'd be brave enough to try it.

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I had it in a burrito a couple days ago, and I thought it was awesome! Your fajitas look great, TuxedoCat!

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Based on the raves, I'm guessing this is not the stuff WF uses in that awful sweet and sour I tried. Has anyone seen this at any of the VA WF stores?

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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This is what I had. I've never grown super fond of tempeh, and I prefer tofu in ricotta form, so having something like this for sandwiches makes me really happy. The place I got it from also has a chicken strip & fries basket with 3 dipping sauces, and is thinking of making some sort of barbeque chicken sandwich with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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lavawitch wrote:
Based on the raves, I'm guessing this is not the stuff WF uses in that awful sweet and sour I tried. Has anyone seen this at any of the VA WF stores?


I had a weird fake chicken that i didn't like at a whole foods in Richmond. It was just plain in the salad bar and I was not into it. I assumed it was Beyond Meat because it was something I'd never had before, but maybe not?

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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Whole Foods tends to use it in things uncooked. This is a mistake because tastes way better when cooked.

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Ohhhhh, that sandwich, sisterlegume!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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I'm very curious to try Beyond Meat, but I haven't seen it anywhere (it might help if I actually went to whole foods more often than once every 3 months).


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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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Sisterlegume, oh my! That looks amazing pants! Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Beyond Meat™ Chicken Fajitas
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Manchego wrote:
I'm definitely curious about this stuff. I read an article about it in Slate last year, and Mark Bittman's take in the NY Times. Both said the product would easily fool them if they didn't know what it was. I remember a quote from the company's founder in one of the articles. It was about how their strategy is going to be to sell the product in grocery stores next to the meat instead of with the produce or with the tofu, in hopes that "meat" will stop being thought of as "meat"/flesh and just be thought of as protein.

Don't want to start a full fledged debate in your delicious food porn thread, but I don't know about this approach. On the one hand, it sounds appealing...but it feels like it would perpetuate the myth that vegans can only get protein from "fake" meat products (even if this product is made from healthful plant protein, not all such products are, and many aren't exactly healthy). Like protein is a nutrient that only comes from meat or something that is meat like, instead of a nutrient that can be had just as easily from whole, unprocessed plant foods.


I definitely hear what you are saying. I do however think this is a good thing, especially for those transitioning to a veg diet or treats for the rest of us now and again. Many of us got into veganism for the animals, and not necessarily for our health. I'm certainly paying more attention to the health benefits and eating a lot more whole foods than I was 10 years ago when I initially made the switch. Whatever gets people off of killing animals and the environment is fine by me. So many claim they cannot give up X food (insert into "X" whatever you likely hear), so this could help. One person I met recently even told me she couldn't imagine giving up chicken and she "dreams" about it. If this gets that gal off chicken, I'm all for it.

ETA: A lot of what we crave or want to eat is really psychological in nature. If people feel like this helps them meet their taste for "chicken" so they don't feel deprived, then I'm okay with it.

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Hmm, I think it could be good and sort of promising to sell it next to the other stuff, I mean, I guess if we're trying to remove stigmas from subs, then that is a great place to start. It could be anything from a budget-conscious family trying it because it's cheaper than chicken and liking it, or someone wanting to avoid hormones and antibiotic laden-meats giving it a shot. I imagine both of those are more likely if it's RIGHT there, but it probably would be just one case out of like, 50 or 100, tops.

Now, what I don't like, is that those of us who actually would buy the stuff without question would probably miss it entirely, so I think it needs to be in the produce, too. And no one is going to give the stuff double billing in terms of shelf space. But I imagine the vast number of veggie-oriented people who don't follow the internetz findings on new products would miss this entirely. And to be honest, I'm not sure I would be checking the meat cases on a regular basis to see if it is in stock...and I'm not sure if, at this point, I would probably be grossed out by picking up stuff out of the meat section. Pickles are bad enough surrounded by sandwich meat, but at least they don't look the same. Ick.


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Yeah, I would not prefer it in the meat section either. I assume they are trying to target the other 98% of the population that does eat animal products.

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See, it drives me nuts that I have to go to one part of my store for daiya, another section if I need earth balance, and neither of them are anywhere near the section where actual cheese and butter are. Veganaise should be with the rest of the mayo and dressings, dammit!

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I'm just leery of the whole concept of using "meat" as a blanket term for "protein" and products like this making it seem as though meat is the only "natural" source of protein and vegans have to rely on analog products like this.

From the standpoint of reducing meat consumption by the whole population, it's probably much more on the plus side for the animals than on the con.


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Manchego wrote:
I'm just leery of the whole concept of using "meat" as a blanket term for "protein" and products like this making it seem as though meat is the only "natural" source of protein and vegans have to rely on analog products like this.

From the standpoint of reducing meat consumption by the whole population, it's probably much more on the plus side for the animals than on the con.

I can understand how that may seem/sound disconcerting. I really like what Colleen Patrick Goudreau has to say about using the term "meat" and the history of the word in this interview. She also has a podcast titled "I Don't Eat Fake Meat: An Etymological Appeal for Living (and Speaking) Compassionately" that could provide more food for thought.

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We had this thread when it was first coming out. I love Beyond Meat and can't wait until they release their retail version this year. Right now I can only buy it in dishes that WF is making in their prepared foods section. But they keep making a vegetarian buffalo chicken salad out of it that isn't vegan.

VegNews took a picture of what it will the packaging will look like from the Natural Foods Convention that just passed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =3&theater

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