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Asda Meat Free Chicken Style Fillets

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Brand: Asda / Type: Vegetarians

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      12.03.2010 04:18
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      Don't eat them plain!

      My mate being a Vegetarian and me staying with her at the moment means it easier for me (for the most part) to assume a Vegetarian diet. From time to time I do have a bit of meat but to be honest I eat so well being a veggie, eating meat doesn't really bother me at all anymore.

      The one thing that did get on my nerves though was having dinners only made up from vegetables. She'd make a roast and nothing would be in the meats place and as a meat eater it was really odd and off putting.

      It was me actually that decided to try soya and quorn products out and believe me she had huge objections to that at one point screaming she didn't like it and that was that. I bought stuff though and cooked with it though and she soon changed her mind which is why I bought this product the other night to try out. I simply got it actually to use and to serve with mushroom sauce and with rice and stuff for a dinner. I couldn't bear the thought of pouring a sauce such as that over say sprouts or something and believe me that used to be her idea of a good meal!

      The Packaging:

      Orange and red box and on the front of it there is a photograph of one of the fillets. I'm also told on the front of the box that it is Asda Meat Free '2' Chicken Fillets 'A tasty alternative to chicken' and that the product weighs 230g, that it can be cooked in the oven, is suitable for Vegetarians, that there are no artificial flavours in it, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly displayed. On the back of the box other information stated includes ingredients and allergy advice being stated, a full nutritional rundown chart being displayed along with cooking instructions and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough box and it's all very informative and understandable of course.

      The Fillets:

      Pale white and sort of long, thick and very like chicken breasts really in their appearance. However when you handle them (frozen or cooked) they are obviously not meat and feel soggy and a bit rubbery.

      These cook from frozen in the oven in about 20-25 minutes, on the grill in 10-12 minutes or you can even BBQ them if desired.

      I oven cook these always now (since the first box we've had a few of them this week to be honest with you!) and the reason for this is once they defrost they are really difficult to handle and fall apart but if you leave them in the oven you don't have to mess about with them and they firm up well and don't fall to bits so easy. Also I have tried to grill them but found them to dry out quickly and go a bit hard as they have no real oil content to them.

      These are of course made up from soya protein. They are a little spongy in texture and plain in flavour. As a meat eater like I said earlier they don't, to me taste like meat at all.

      As these don't contain a lot of flavour they are good to top with ingredients, pour sauces and gravy over though if you try to chop them up and cook them within a sauce or something they do crumble and go to a sort of goo.

      On their own these are dull but get imaginative and they are actually tasty and of course very healthy. We like them and I find them a great alternative to meat and now I don't have a space on a Sunday roast anymore as it is now filled with one of these and that in my opinion is better than nothing!

      Nutritional Information Per Fillet:

      Calories: 225
      Sugar: 0.2g
      Fat: 11.3g
      Saturated Fat: 0.8g
      Salt: 1.2g

      Only available in Asda stores priced at £1.00 a box (for two fillets).

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