My carnivores are Southern to the core, so BBQ has a special place in their hearts – and in their tummies!
Since I had a very busy day, I decided to pit two very different BBQ meat analogues against each other. We’ve had WestSoy Seitan Pulled BBQ before, but Tofurky’s Slow Roasted Chick’n Barbecue was new to us. I thought tasting them head to head with a colorful side dish of corn, red onion, celery, zucchini, and orange bell peppers would make a easy weeknight meal.
To my surprise, both of my carnivores liked the Seitan BBQ much better, while I preferred the Tofurky Chick’n Barbecue. Bill and Nick both said that the sauce with the Seitan BBQ was better, more vinegary, and with the smaller shreds almost tasted (and that’s a very big almost) like pulled pork BBQ.
I guess because I’ve been a stranger to pork for so many years, I thought that the milder taste of the Tofurky Chick’n Barbecue was more appealing. (Perhaps I thought the seitan product tasted a little too much like meat!)
In addition to the corn medley, I served this with a second side of organic maple baked beans and whole grain bread, which rounded out the meal well.
Both products are vegan, with the WestSoy Seitan product having 17 grams of protein, and the the Tofurky product having 23 grams of protein per serving.
My only quibble with either product is that their serving sizes are unrealistic. WestSoy claims that there are 2.5 servings in the 8 oz. container, and so does Tofurky. Honestly, I couldn’t have served five people with the two packages – even with my bountiful corn medley, the side of baked beans, and bread! We had enough for the three of us, plus a smallish container for leftovers. So, note to both WestSoy and Tofurky – get more realistic on your portion sizes, because each of the packages is appropriate for two servings – not 2.5.
Whew . . . now that I’ve vented, I feel so much better!
Less than 30 minutes from my first thought about what to make for dinner to my family sitting down and eating. I think that qualifies as an Easy Weeknight Meal – don’t you?
Why not try both products and let me know which you prefer?