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Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger Melt w/Daiya Cheddar and Chipotle Island Dressing

23 Jun

I am SO happy to tell you that Gardein’s new ultimate beefless burgers are finally available! I can finally make tasty “steak” sandwiches of my very own just like the fancy vegan restaurants! They did not disappoint! This sandwich combines two of their delicious patties to make one delicious, protein packed, flavorful sandwich smothered in melty Daiya cheddar and topped with a yummy chipotle thousand island style sauce of my own creation. I was going to make AFR’s OMG baked onion rings, but we were too hungry to wait!

Ty’s Chipotle Island Dressing

(More than enough for 2-4 melts!)

1/4 c. vegan mayo (hello Vegenaise!)
2 tbsp. organic ketchup
2 tbsp. pickle relish
1 tbsp. adobe sauce from chipotle pepper can (for extra kick, mince a miniscule amount of a pepper.)


Combine all ingredients really well in a large ramekin. (I used a fork!)

Burger Melt w/Daiya cheddar and Chipotle Island Dressing

Makes two doubles or four singles.

1 package Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burgers

4-8 pieces of bread, I used sprouted grain

Daiya cheddar vegan cheese shreds

above recipe for Chipotle Island Dressing


1. Spray a large skillet with a little olive oil and raise to medium heat. Add burgers to hot skillet and brown on both sides. This takes about 4-5 minutes on each side.

2. Meanwhile, arrange bread slices on plates. Cover all pieces with Daiya cheddar. Toast in toaster oven as desired, and then Broil until cheese is melty. Return to plates.

3. Drizzle cheesy bread with sauce, add burgers, and assemble. Cut diagonally and serve with additional sauce and accoutrement as desired.


Gardein BBQ Wings

4 Jun

I’m not the biggest fan of Gardein’s chick’n products. (Their beefless tips are my fave.) Mostly because they remind me of eating somewhat overcooked chicken. Surprisingly (to me) though, it’s actually a big hit with ex-chicken lovers, or lovers of vegans who are also lovers of chickens. (Note: I stopped eating chicken a full year before going fully vegan, and it’s not something I ever miss. The only exception is Foodswings (nyc – vegan)  southern style bbq drumsticks. Man, those things are good.)

Anyway, back to the BBQ wings! ; ) These were really easy to make and done in a jiff. They tasted awesome, but that’s never a problem. Gardein does a really good job with all their seasonings and sauces. I just wish they’d make the texture on these things a little less dense! I made them in the toaster oven, and ate them straight outta the pan with a fork and knife. I know, I know, but cooking for just me is not all that inspiring. It’s more like, look, I fed myself, done.

Red Curry

29 Dec

I’ve been meaning to write down my red curry recipe for awhile. I’ve always made curry using a combination of two different recipes. One quick and easy, and the other more traditional. Here’s my vegan version using Gardein Chick’ns, but pan fried tofu or chicken flavor seitan would work really well here too. I served it over quinoa because I didn’t want to wait for brown rice to cook, and I added a little bit of canned bean sprouts too.

Red Curry Chick’n

olive oil
1 package of Gardein Chick’n scallopini cutlets
1 bag of frozen vegetables, in this case i used a bell pepper mix
1 13.5 can light coconut milk
1/2 c. chopped onions
1 tbsp. red curry paste
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
dried basil, optional
chopped dry peanuts, optional


1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Gardein and saute for a few minutes on each side, and remove from pan. Cut into strips or bite sized pieces and set aside.

2. If necessary add more olive oil to pan, and saute onions for about 2 minutes. Add frozen vegetables and cook an additional 2 minutes. Add curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, brown sugar, and salt, and reserved chick’n. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, sauce should thicken. Garnish with a little dried basil or chopped peanuts.

Gardein Beefless Tips

9 Oct

have you tried the Gardein brand Beefless Tips? they’re really yummy, low in fat, and pack a TON of protein into some very easy to make bites. they’re great to throw in the pan with some frozen veggies for a quick stir-fry (below) or cooked up with some onions and peppers and served steak sandwich style.

The above dinner was made with 1 package of gardein beefless tips, browned in a skillet misted with olive oil over medium-hi heat for about 5 minutes. I then added half a package of frozen bell pepper strips and some steak seasoning, and cooked until heated through.  I served it over some leftover quinoa. YUM! super nutritious and quick.

quick chick parm

13 Apr

ok, so let’s be realistic. you don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen everyday, right? sometimes you need to come up with something quick. double or triple for your needs, this is a single serve…

quick chick parm:

1 gardein chick’n cutlet
1/4 c. canned pizza sauce

3 tbsp. daiya italian blend cheese, or other mozz. sub
1 tsp. nutritional yeast
2 tsp. vegan parm

1. pre-heat broiler. i used the toaster oven.

2. place cutlet[s] covered in pizza sauce in microwave/oven safe dish and microwave 1 minute each side (more if you are increasing amounts). remove dish from microwave.

3. sprinkle nutritional yeast, half vegan parm, italian blend cheese, and other half of vegan parm over top of cutlet. broil uncovered for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is browned.

serve over pasta and sauce or on its own with a steamed veggie and/or salad. enjoy!