Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Match Meats - Stuffed Vegan Chicken Mediterranean Style

Match Meats is a brand of meat analogs (faux meats) made in St. Louis, Missouri. I have had these meats at a couple of Chinese restaurants and on pizza at District of Pi, but had never seen their packaged products until I stumbled upon them at Pangea. I decided to try the Stuffed Vegan Chicken Mediterranean Style.

The bag of 4 stuffed "chicken breasts" cost $11 -- pretty pricey, so, of course, I was expecting something special. I heated up my skillet with a couple tablespoons of oil and placed a breast in the pan, then covered it and cooked it for 5 minutes as per the directions.

I then flipped it and cooked it for another 7 minutes. When it was "done," I placed it onto my plate and tried it. It was cold. The directions do not allow it enough time to heat so I stuck it in the microwave for 1 minute, which seemed to heat it adequately.

Upon first bite, I really didn't like it. There was entirely too much going on in this breast. They stuffed it with a bunch of stuff such as vegan cream cheese, tofu, soy protein, sugar, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and kalamata olives. They also breaded the outside. I really didn't enjoy these at all. Not to mention that the calories and fat are outrageous!  In just one breast, there are 220 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 580 mg of sodium. Ugh.

You can see the stuffing here
I won't be buying these again. I'm not entirely turned off of Match Meats yet though. I know some of their other products are much better.

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