This is a sponsored post with Markerly and Beyond Meat. All opinions are my own.
I recently was challenged to surprise my family with family favorite dishes using Beyond Meat products. Anyone heard of these products before? Many people might know that I was vegan for almost 2 years and I was always on a search for the best meat substitute when preparing meals. Although I could never convince my husband to go vegan he would go meatless a few days a week. Now it has been almost 4 years and our family leads more of a flexitarian way of eating. We do our best going meatless on Mondays and on another day of the week, but we mostly eat a variety, including fish, turkey, chicken, and beef.
When Beyond Meat sent me a few products to try out and to incoporate in our daily meal plan I was excited. At first, I thought my husband would find me out,but then I was able to keep the products hidden in the freezer. I am always on the lookout for making more meatless meals during the week, not only for our health but also for our budget. I know that when I go to the grocery store to buy for 2 weeks worth of groceries, I cringe looking at how much meat and chicken cost.
I received Beyond Chicken Grilled Strips and Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles and Beefy Crumble. Since I know that my husband likes Mexican food, I decided I would make a few favorites of ours like enchiladas and empanadas. Sometimes I can’t get by hiding what I make because most of my bulk cooking happens in the evenings when he is home, so this time, I tried preparing my meals on Sunday evening.
I started by making my Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce. Instead of using shredded chicken, I sliced the Beyond Chicken Grilled Strips a lot thinner and cooked them with garlic, sliced onions, and some seasonings. I then placed the strips into corn tortillas, rolled them up and placed them in a 9×13 dish. Next, I made the tomatillo sauce and poured it on top of the tortilla roll-ups. I added cheese and baked in the oven and they looked super delicious.
My husband came home and he was so excited to have them for dinner the next day. He was happy I had made them since I had not prepared that dish in a while. I anticipated that he would be sorely disappointed because I just KNOW my husband but I had added a lot of the original ingredients to my dish that I felt that perhaps he would be convinced to like the chicken substitute.
Want to know what he thought? Check out the video below:
I am a more adventurous eater and I look forward trying the rest of products. I made some vegan nachos one evening with Daiya cheese and Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles.
I was determined to post my meal which only forced me to make a meal on my craziest day of the week. It’s when I’m alone with 3 kids under 4 all day! I made #vegan nachos with @BeyondMeat crumbles & @Daiyafoods cheese. I then topped with guacamole and fresh shredded beets. It was delish especially with beer. Lol #picoftheday #foodblogger #foodpics #veggies #meatless #instayum #beer #instafood #instadaily #nachos
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I enjoyed it and was really surprised. I never used to be a texture person when eating foods but after several pregnancies I am really sensitive to textures and unfortunately, I was not a fan of the Beyond Chicken Strips BUT I am looking forward seeing how the Homestyle Tenders taste.
While the products might not have been a hit for my husband or kids, I am also thinking as I stated in my video that I might have chosen the wrong type of meal for the strips. Beyond Meat is widely popular among many elite athletes because it does have a high source of protein and is considered the future of protein. Beyond products are made with either both non-GMO pea and soy protein or just non-GMO pea protein.
Beyond Meat has partnered with April Ross, considered one of the elite athletes, to effectively communicate–by example–the benefits to other families and their children.
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