Gardein are perhaps the quickest expanding line of plant-based products out there. It seems like there’s something new every other week. Canned soups, frozen meals, individual faux meat products. With such a huge array of items in their line up, there are some huge stars, and some massive misses.
Cooking: You’ll want to bake these in effect. There are no pan frying or microwaving instructions which makes them fairly limited in scope. I turned to the air fryer for the best results, juicy interior and crisp shell.
Taste and texture: Shell is the key word. The coating on the exterior is thin and unremarkable. It delivers the minimum amount of crisp to the spongy interior. While pea protein is listed, I found the flavor a very dominant one of wheat gluten. These tasted like old school meat free nuggets – the gluten flavor dominates everything and then some. It’s not awful as such, it’s just tremendously dull and uninteresting.
Verdict: Unless you have no other suitable options – skip. These are at best mediocre with no overtly standout plus points.