Nick and I hit the jackpot on Saturday morning. While in Iowa City for groceries and a breakfast date, Nick decided to stop by Hy-Vee just to see if their Health Market had anything new. I’m SO happy he did! (even though I was complaining that I was ready to go and get breakfast, haha!) They had something we have search high and low for – Gardein Fishless Fillets!
As it turns out (gotta love instagram!) Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen had actually requested that particular Hy-Vee to carry them. She’d never heard back, so it was fun to “chat” over a few comments and let her know that they were there!
Nick and I couldn’t wait to make them. And, of course, my brilliant husband had the fabulous idea to make them along with some Earth Balance White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. We haven’t been able to find that around here, either, but Nick scored a few boxes while he was out in California on travel.
Now. I’d read lots of comments saying that the Fishless Fillets weren’t as good unless they were fried. But then again, what isn’t better fried?! I mean, really. Well, we didn’t feel like making a mess of the kitchen, so we pulled the toaster oven out and sprayed them with a bit of coconut oil spray to help them crisp up. And they were great! Would they be better fried? Maybe. (see above) But they were really crisp on the outside and the texture was awesome! I was a little nervous, to be honest, but these things blew my mind. They had the mouthfeel and taste of fish fillets and were delicious with a healthy douse of malt vinegar. Mmmmm.
The mac & cheese = DELICIOUS. To be fair, I haven’t had boxed mac & cheese for years, but this one? Awesome. It’s creamy, and perfectly cheesy, but not in a fake cheese kind of way. I preferred the white cheddar flavor, and Nick prefers the traditional. But really, you can’t go wrong with either one! My only tip: use only 3 T of non-dairy milk to keep it creamy. Adding all 4 T makes it a little too thin for my taste. But it’s all what you prefer!
How about you? Have you been able to try these new vegan products? What’s your favorite?