Have you seen my Instagram lately? I posted a couple of photos of EVO Companion Classic Tabletop, which happens to be our favorite appliance. It is a manually-controlled gas-fired flattop grill with a 25″ (635) diameter oil seasoned steel cook surface heated underneath by a single gas tube burner. The cook surface is durable and easy to clean. The Companion Classic Tabletop can be used to sear, sauté, flattop (plancha) grilling, toast and stir-fry directly, or indirectly, you can braise, poach or pan fry. By covering the cooking surface with its stainless steel hood, it becomes a “patio oven” for steaming, warming, roasting, or smoking, i.e., it melts vegan Daiya slices pretty well on the sautéed vegetables.
So far we made some tasty fried rice, grilled pineapples and peaches, melted some vegan Daiya slices on sautéed vegetables, and so much more. You can also use Evo Companion Tabletop Vinyl Cover to cover and protect the EVO Companion Classic Tabletop.
They also have another one as well: Evo Companion Classic Wheeled Cart Flattop Gas Grill
Evo Companion Classic Wheeled Cart Flattop Gas Grill
I used the Southwest Style “Beyond Meat” chicken-free strips with grilled vegetables (portobello mushroom, yellow squash, Vidalia onion, green bell pepper) topped with fresh avocado, all wrapped in a warm, hearty flour tortilla. I learned a huge lesson with Beyond Meat chicken-free strips. Never cook them longer than five minutes, especially on a very hot cook surface. We did that part and they dried up quickly.
My best advice is to grill the vegetables first, then add the “Beyond Meat” chicken-free strips and cook quickly for a minute (because it’s very hot), and remove them as quickly as possible. I recommend cubing, finely chopping or pulling them apart, layer by layer, if you use an outdoor tabletop or grill. Also create a creamy condiment such as vegan mayo or tahini-based sauce to accompany the Beyond Meat chicken-free strips.
Ethan Brown founded Beyond Meat in 2009, a company that provides consumers with plant-based protein foods without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction. All of the Beyond Meat chicken-free strips are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and plant-based “chicken” that has the protein and texture without antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, trans fats, or cholesterol. They contain 18-19 grams of complete and plant protein and between 100-120 calories per 3-ounce serving. The strips are made with a blend of pea and soy protein.
Three versions: Lightly Seasoned, Grilled, and Southwest Style chicken-free strips in 12-oz. packages. The suggested retail price is $5.29.
where to buy
They are available nationally throughout Whole Foods Markets in the U.S., and for food service customers through many major independent distributors. Check out their store location page for more information.
Southwest Style “Beyond Meat” chicken-free strips
Calories per Serving (3-oz., 85g, about 7 strips): 120 | Total Fat: 4.5g | Sodium: 270mg | Total Carb: 5g | Dietary Fiber: 3g | Sugars: 0g | Protein: 18g
Water, soy protein isolate*, pea protein isolate, amaranth, chicken flavor [vegan] (maltodextrin, yeast extract, salt, natural flavoring, sunflower oil), expeller-pressed canola oil*, soy fiber*, carrot fiber, salt, contains 0.5% or less of: white vinegar, salt, lime juice concentrate, garlic, black pepper, chili powder, onion, sugar, cumin, coriander seed, sodium alginate, dipotassium phosphate, titanium dioxide (color), calcium sulfate, oregano, paprika, red and green pepper powder and cayenne pepper
Contains: Soy • *non-GMO identity preserved.
Keep refrigerated and use within seven days of opening. Previously frozen. For best results, enjoy cold straight from the package or gently heat in a skillet for 2-3 minutes until desired temperature is reached.
Beyond Meat comes in a 12-ounce package with approximately 24 strips and is appropriate for around 4-6 servings. The strips are composed of many layers, that can be pulled apart by hand, and these layers provide a firm texture without being tough. Given that the strips are fairly chunky I recommend cubing, finely chopping or pulling them apart, layer by layer. Beyond Meat can be consumed cold straight from the package without cooking, in fact this is our favorite method of using the strips, but if you do intend on cooking them, make sure to keep them moist so as not to dry them out.
Straight out of the package, the combination of seasoning and texture convinced a few omnivores that they were actually eating chicken. The grilled one has a mild smoky taste to it, compared to the others. The Lightened seasoned was our favorite for our creamy vegan chicken-free salad with dill. The Southwest Style has a very mild smoky taste with very mild spices and herbs, i.e., cayenne, which works well with tacos.
In conclusion, “Beyond Meat” chicken-free strips work very well in stews, soups and creamy-based salads or sauces, which provide more moisture and flavor.
As pictured above, these dark parts are massive portobello mushroom slices, do not be intimidated by the “burned” parts, they are the colors of the grilled vegetables. They are pretty tasty from an outdoor tabletop.
how to grill vegetables
Grilling vegetables is a pretty simple method. For about 3-4 servings, chop 1 portobello, 1 yellow squash, 1 Vidalia or sweet onion, 1 green bell pepper and other vegetables you like (i.e., 1 of each eggplant, tomato, capsicum, or other squash), and add peanut oil onto the EVO Companion Classic Tabletop, after they are cooked, add 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce for flavor. Then add the “pulled apart” Southwest Style “Beyond Meat” chicken-free strips and enjoy with a warm tortilla and fresh avocado. You can add our favorite tangy avocado dressing (view recipe).
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