By Jolee Keplinger (C’20) | Principia Center for Sustainability
Move over tofu, Beyond Meat has created a variety of meat alternatives! My favorite product is the Grilled “Chicken” Strips. They look just like traditional chicken, and taste very similar. On their own, you can tell it’s not real meat, but when they’re served with other ingredients, it’s hard to tell the difference!
If you’re not sold by this amazing “meat” substitute, let me give you a few reasons why you should be.
- Complete protein — 20g per 3-oz serving
- 46% of your daily value!
- 20% DV of iron
- No saturated fat or cholesterol
- May contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- May promote animal exploitation
- Potential for E. coli contamination
- Waste pollutes the land and water
- Some are fed arsenic to make them grow faster (toxic to humans)
The best feedback was received when the “chicken” was incorporated into plant-based dishes such as the stir-fry pictured above, quesadillas and melts. The melt pictured below was made with Daiya provolone “cheese”, “chicken”, tomato slices, and a bit of pesto spread on top of toasted whole grain bread.
Student Feedback (“chicken” only)
Yenum Egwuenu 6/10
- “It tastes very veggie. It’s okay but I prefer meat. I’m open to eating it in the future though.”
Stephen Stuart 8/10
- “It has a fish-like flavor. It’s really good but it doesn’t taste like the chicken I ate for lunch. There’s a blandish flavor. It would be great with spices and other things mixed in.”
Cheesy Chicken Melt – Student Feedback
Adelainee Biang 8/10
- “It tastes like meat. At first I didn’t like it but after eating it all I think it tastes good! I normally don’t like cheese, but this tastes really nice.”
Boyo Amuka 10/10
- “The chicken alternative tastes like normal chicken! It’s a great substitute! I think it’s best when combined with other things.”
This chicken alternative is by far, the most similar to chicken out of all the plant-based imitation chicken I’ve tasted. It was received by students, making it an excellent option for plant-based eaters here at Principia.