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  • Post #91 - November 10th, 2020, 4:54 pm
    Post #91 - November 10th, 2020, 4:54 pm Post #91 - November 10th, 2020, 4:54 pm
    JoelF wrote:How about Veg-i-Mac, or McMeatless?

    "McVeggie" sounds better than your two.

    I'd fire McFire you, too.
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  • Post #92 - November 10th, 2020, 9:03 pm
    Post #92 - November 10th, 2020, 9:03 pm Post #92 - November 10th, 2020, 9:03 pm
    McPlant sounds like a Beatles/Zeppelin tribute band.
  • Post #93 - November 11th, 2020, 10:18 am
    Post #93 - November 11th, 2020, 10:18 am Post #93 - November 11th, 2020, 10:18 am
    Presumably it could be called McSoybean but that would not sound good?

    My first experience with a veggie burger was IIRC gold coast dogs on State (Wabash?) just north of the river in the 1980s or earlier. I asked and was told the main ingredient was brazil nuts. It was not imitatioin beef, but very good in its own right, I'd buy them just because they were good.

    Does anybody know of anything like that?
    --Carey aka underdog
  • Post #94 - November 11th, 2020, 12:20 pm
    Post #94 - November 11th, 2020, 12:20 pm Post #94 - November 11th, 2020, 12:20 pm
    JoelF wrote:
    Dave148 wrote:
    McDonald’s to launch its own plant-based burger, the McPlant, after Beyond Meat test

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mcdon ... 1604949575

    Ugh, fire their branding manager.
    McPlant? I'm not McLovin it.
    How about Veg-i-Mac, or McMeatless?


    Odd. If they don't have vegetarian fries I doubt it will move the vegetarian customers to McD's.
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  • Post #95 - November 11th, 2020, 1:47 pm
    Post #95 - November 11th, 2020, 1:47 pm Post #95 - November 11th, 2020, 1:47 pm
    diversedancer wrote:My first experience with a veggie burger was IIRC gold coast dogs on State (Wabash?) just north of the river in the 1980s or earlier. I asked and was told the main ingredient was brazil nuts. It was not imitatioin beef, but very good in its own right, I'd buy them just because they were good.

    Does anybody know of anything like that?

    The first Gold Coast Dogs opened on the southwest corner of State & Hubbard in 1985. Even in their early days GCD served meatless items like veggie burgers and grilled tuna sandwiches. I think a veggie burger is still on the menu at whatever locations may be open now. I have no idea how similar it is to what you describe. It sounds a bit like a 'nut roast,' the classic British vegetarian main dish. I imagine you could shape it into burgers instead of forming it into the traditional loaf. You can find countless recipes; this one from BBC sounds especially good.
  • Post #96 - November 11th, 2020, 3:15 pm
    Post #96 - November 11th, 2020, 3:15 pm Post #96 - November 11th, 2020, 3:15 pm
    The late M Henrietta (former companion restaurant to M Henry) made a vegan meatloaf that was legitimately one of the best meat substitutes I've ever had. It was a blend of nuts, brown rice, nutritional yeast and some other ingredients. Truly delicious. Just did a quick google and found it (almost 10 years old):

    https://abc7chicago.com/archive/8354012/
  • Post #97 - November 12th, 2020, 6:09 pm
    Post #97 - November 12th, 2020, 6:09 pm Post #97 - November 12th, 2020, 6:09 pm
    Hi,

    A few weeks ago, a friend dropped off the Farmland version of plant based kinda sorta like meat. Her husband had been sent to the store to buy ground beef and came back with plant based look alike. They were not interested in trying it, so they wisely dropped it off at my house.

    A few people have inquired privately why people send their unwanted food to me. Exactly when this trend started, I cannot really recall. I guess in my circle of non-food-centric friends (yes, I have friends who don't really think too hard about their next meal), I am known to like a challenge. Plus they don't want to throw it away and know I don't mind being the place the can lands after being kicked again.

    I recall from eating prior examples of plant-based 'meats,' I am fine until I identify some underlying non-meat-associated tastes like cooked peas. I have found drowning the plant-based meat substitute in a strong flavored sauce works well for me.

    Today, I made a taco salad with the major components of cooked ground plant-based 'meat,' chopped onions, tomatoes, slivered cabbage (a substitute for lettuce) and cheese are cloaked in Catalina dressing.

    'Browning' the plant-based 'meat' was a study in futility. It never browned, it remained red while crumbling smaller and smaller. A small taste of this cooked 'meat' had enough salt and seasoning without any additions from my side. Unlike some plant-based 'meats,' there was no oozing of oils when cooking. Nor does the volume shrink by 10-20% like ground beef. A one-to-one substitute of the Farmland product to ground beef nets a greater volume of plant-based 'meat' to the ground beef it substitutes.

    The family liked the overall taste of their meal, which I squarely give a nod to the homemade Catalina dressing. It would offer great flavor to cardboard.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #98 - November 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
    Post #98 - November 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm Post #98 - November 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
    Rene G wrote:It sounds a bit like a 'nut roast,' the classic British vegetarian main dish. I imagine you could shape it into burgers instead of forming it into the traditional loaf. You can find countless recipes; this one from BBC sounds especially good.

    Nut roasts (with ten recipes) are in the news today!

    In The Guardian, Stuart Heritage wrote:If you don’t eat meat, then Christmas (or Thanksgiving, or even just a Sunday lunch) can be upsettingly hit and miss. The closest thing to a traditional meal you will encounter is an old-fashioned nut roast, and God knows what a minefield those can be. Pick a bad recipe and you’ll end up with something inedibly dry, or unattractively crumbly, or just plain dense and tasteless.
  • Post #99 - November 16th, 2020, 12:59 pm
    Post #99 - November 16th, 2020, 12:59 pm Post #99 - November 16th, 2020, 12:59 pm
    Rene G wrote:
    Rene G wrote:It sounds a bit like a 'nut roast,' the classic British vegetarian main dish. I imagine you could shape it into burgers instead of forming it into the traditional loaf. You can find countless recipes; this one from BBC sounds especially good.

    Nut roasts (with ten recipes) are in the news today!

    In The Guardian, Stuart Heritage wrote:If you don’t eat meat, then Christmas (or Thanksgiving, or even just a Sunday lunch) can be upsettingly hit and miss. The closest thing to a traditional meal you will encounter is an old-fashioned nut roast, and God knows what a minefield those can be. Pick a bad recipe and you’ll end up with something inedibly dry, or unattractively crumbly, or just plain dense and tasteless.


    I had the pleasure of a delicious meal years ago prepared by petite gourmande. She made incredible vegetable wellingtons. It wasn't close to hit or miss for that holiday meal.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #100 - February 2nd, 2021, 11:11 am
    Post #100 - February 2nd, 2021, 11:11 am Post #100 - February 2nd, 2021, 11:11 am
    Hi,

    I was talking to a friend whose diet is Kosher-style, though does not buy Kosher meat. She will not mix dairy with meat.

    Via products like the Impossible Burger, she now enjoys a cheeseburger without breaking from Kosher-style.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #101 - May 3rd, 2021, 2:16 pm
    Post #101 - May 3rd, 2021, 2:16 pm Post #101 - May 3rd, 2021, 2:16 pm
    Tyson Foods, Beyond Meat face off with new plant-based burgers

    https://www.reuters.com/business/retail ... 021-05-03/
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #102 - May 23rd, 2021, 6:54 pm
    Post #102 - May 23rd, 2021, 6:54 pm Post #102 - May 23rd, 2021, 6:54 pm
    Bought some Impossible from Jewel.
    I'm not impressed.
    Raw, it doesn't hold together like ground beef, more like wet bulgur, and a bit of a roast chicken scent.
    Even oiled, it stuck to the grill pretty badly, and cooked a lot faster than the beef on the other side of the grill.
    Taste? Closer to falafel than beef.
    Better than other veggie burgers, sure, but not really meaty.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
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  • Post #103 - May 24th, 2021, 7:24 am
    Post #103 - May 24th, 2021, 7:24 am Post #103 - May 24th, 2021, 7:24 am
    JoelF wrote:Bought some Impossible from Jewel.
    I'm not impressed.


    I haven't yet bought Impossible retail - my Jewel is always sold out when it's BOGO, but I've bought plenty of the Beyond bulk pkgs and made burgers. It's a little "wet" compared to ground beef, but they hold their shape just fine, and no bad sticking issues.

    We've also tried Beyond Brats - not bad at all.
    Can't say the same for Beyond Breakfast Snausage - really weird tasting, imo.
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  • Post #104 - May 24th, 2021, 9:42 am
    Post #104 - May 24th, 2021, 9:42 am Post #104 - May 24th, 2021, 9:42 am
    We received a shipment from One Potato, a vegan meal delivery service, and made the vegan burgers, tacos and pizza, all with Impossible Burger. Each of these recipes, particularly the burgers and tacos, had a great many condiments to add; for instance, the burger came with vegan mayo, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion marmalade, "cheese," and special sauce. And that, I think, is a clue to making foods with Impossible Burger "meat" -- you have to add a lot of flavor to it because it doesn't, inherently, bring a lot...and it doesn't have any of the juicy, fatty goodness of a beef burger. All that said, my doctor and I know that I eat too much beef -- because it's my favorite food -- but I'm trying to correct that, and Impossible Burger is a start in that direction. Is Impossible Burger good? Let's just say it's good enough.
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  • Post #105 - May 24th, 2021, 3:11 pm
    Post #105 - May 24th, 2021, 3:11 pm Post #105 - May 24th, 2021, 3:11 pm
    I do have to add that my grandkids (1 and 3) devoured the burgers with no reservations whatsoever -- and no condiments.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #106 - May 24th, 2021, 4:03 pm
    Post #106 - May 24th, 2021, 4:03 pm Post #106 - May 24th, 2021, 4:03 pm
    I have tried both the beyond and impossible patties recently, "griddled" on a skillet.
    The beyond did not crisp up, expelled a lot of liquid and really stunk up the house in some bizarre unnatural smell, which somehow also came out when I peed, ala asparagus. The impossible actually crisped up nicely and made an acceptable smash burger. Neither had any meat flavor, or really much flavor at all despite the beyond's odor. I was a bit impressed by the consistency of both, in a medium/medium well, fast food sort of way. the beyond burger will not again enter my house, though I suspect I got a bad batch. Their Italian sausage is serviceable, though. I probably will do the impossible ones again at some point, serving with blue cheese and various other things to overcome the lack of flavor.

    -Will
  • Post #107 - June 22nd, 2021, 11:46 am
    Post #107 - June 22nd, 2021, 11:46 am Post #107 - June 22nd, 2021, 11:46 am
    A short while back, I opted to take one for LTHF and try Burger King's version of 'the Impossible Burger'.
    The BK I usually order from (@ 3127 N. Milwaukee Ave.) was still closed for dine-in, so I wound up at the store within staggering distance from Kuma's Corner, the DMen Tap, and LTHF GNR Carniceria Guanajuato #3 - @ 2828 W. Belmont Ave. Please forgive my blasphemy. :oops:
    I utilized BK's BOGO for $1 deal. I subtracted tomato and mayonnaise just as I do for the Whopper.
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    I thought this tasted about the same as the Whopper. :shock:
    If I was fiendish, I might serve this to somebody to see if they could tell it was not meat. :wink:
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  • Post #108 - July 9th, 2021, 6:39 am
    Post #108 - July 9th, 2021, 6:39 am Post #108 - July 9th, 2021, 6:39 am
    Beyond Meat Introduces Chicken Tenders to a Crowded U.S. Market

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... u-s-market
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard

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