Gardein Garden Protein is the leading meat-free meat brand and for very good reason! Offering an alternative to just about any meat you can think of. In fact, their selection includes substitutes for crab cakes, fish filets, meatballs, sausages, beef strips, pork bites, and poultry prepared more than 15 ways – from turkey cutlets to breaded chicken tenders!
Tasting Notes for Gardein Garden Protein (Plant-Based “Meatless Meats”)
We tried the Chick’n Scallopini, Beefless Tips, Buffalo Wings, Chick’n Good Stuff, and Crispy Tenders. The kids liked the tenders and the Good Stuff, which is like a stuffed chicken breast. Scott and I liked the Buffalo Wings and Scallopini, but none of us cared for the Beefless Tips.
I might buy the Chick’n Good Stuff sometime because it is like Chicken Kiev or Chicken Cordon Bleu, two dishes that are hard to make dairy free.
What’s Gardein Made Of?
The base of their plant-based proteins is vital wheat gluten and soy protein concentrate. But they also add other proteins (like pea protein), vegetable fibers, and flavorful ingredients to provide “meaty” taste. The Chick’n and Ultimate Beefless Ground are gluten-free outliers that have slightly simpler ingredient lists, which don’t contain any type of wheat or pea protein.
More Facts on Gardein Meatless Meats
Availability: Gardein Meatless Meats are sold at Walmart, Target, Kroger stores, Albertsons stores, and other grocers across the U.S.
Certifications: Gardein Meatless Meats are Certified Vegan. Most varieties are Certified Kosher Pareve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Gardein Meatless Meats are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Some gluten-free varieties are available.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Gardein website at gardein.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.