While I am solidly in the meat eating camp, I do sometimes have days where I don’t eat meat for a variety of reasons — mostly because I don’t need to eat meat at every meal. I always appreciate yummy recipes that don’t center around meat. So when I was asked to try and review Beyond Meat’s Beefy Crumbles, I happily said yes! And instantly thought that a true test of the Beyond Meat product would be to create a recipe and have K try it and not tell him until afterwards that he just ate plant protein, rather than animal protein. Beyond Meat’s mission:
Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare.
As they say, meat is no mystery…it’s made up of amino acids, fats, carbs, minerals and water. Armed with this knowledge, Beyond Meat has come up with a meat substitute that is soy-free, has the same amount of protein per serving as beef and contains no trans fats, cholesterol or saturated fat. Also, they’ve been hyped on the Today Show and I kind of love the Today Show.
I was pretty excited to create a recipe with the Beyond Meat beefy crumbles. While I could’ve come up with a lot of things to make, I decided to keep it simple and just make some quesadillas.
- one package of Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles
- 4 soft tortillas
- shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 sweet potato chopped in small chunks
- 1/2 cup spinach
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Cook the beefy crumbles on the stove top over medium heat until they are cooked through.
- Heat up your tortillas.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil to your tortillas.
- Add beefy crumbles, shredded cheese, sweet potato, and spinach. Season with salt and pepper.
- Roll up tortilla and cook on grill pan or stove top for 3-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.
So, what was the verdict? Well, it was two thumbs up. K did think that it tasted like a different kind of meat (maybe turkey or something) but ate 4 quesadillas. Yeah, he liked it. I was really happy with the taste and thought it smelled delicious when cooking and tasted even better. It tasted like beef — but better. Yum!
See where you can find Beyond Meat here – I purchased mine at my local Whole Foods — in the freezer section.
Have you ever cooked with a meat alternative? If you haven’t, is it something you would try?
note: I was compensated by Markerly to write this sponsored post but the ideas, thoughts and enjoyment of Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles are all mine (well and K’s)! I would never recommend a product that I hadn’t personally used and enjoyed.