by Chef Kendall Huff
Native Foods Cafe
Beyond the deliciousness..
On a hot sunny August day, I was cooking and singing away at the Native Foods Café in Lakeview when the GM, Aaron (aka A-Dogg), informed me that I had a visitor.
The smiling lady, with a wonderful tan, introduced herself as Kim, the Beyond Meat Rep from LA. Not knowing what she was talking about, I immediately saw her Tom’s shoes. Same as mine!! Then came her smell. Wait a minute…yes, the same conditioner bar from LUSH!!
After discussing what she had for me, we went to work! Not knowing what to expect, man did I enjoy our visit! Beyond Meat was an idea from Mr. Ethan Brown. From there, this became a realization with a little help from University Of Missouri, University Of Maryland and a few others. His focus was on getting the same amount of protein from a plant-based product as one would from an animal-based meat. And if I may say, Mr. Brown has done an extremely great job!!
This chicken-free chicken goodness is gluten-free, has zero GMOs or cholesterol, and is a complete protein, containing 19g of protein, 100 calories and 190mg of sodium for 3 oz. And the texture is completely amazing!
Here are a few things we did with the strips, which are available at Whole Foods in some CA locations.
We made a Thai Chicken Wrap:
This is a super easy wrap to make! Mix a little cabbage, shredded carrots and cilantro together with some Sweet Chili Sauce.
Spread a little peanut butter in the middle and on the edges (helps keep the wrap closed), as much Beyond fun as you want and top with a little green onion and toasted sesame seeds!!
And then there was the Wardolf Chicken Salad….
In a bowl, add a little vegenaise, toasted walnuts, grapes, celery salt, black pepper, and pinch of lemon zest. Get a box of crackers, made a wrap, or some whole grain bread! Man its good!!
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