Are you soy you can tell the difference?

For our little New Years Eve gathering, we had a plethora of yummy delights to eat.  Micah made portuguese bean soup and a creamy, cheesy dungeness crab dip (he shelled the crab meat too).  It was delish!  And I made enchiladas…random I know. 

But one of our friends is a vegetarian – so I made half of the enchiladas with ground beef, and the other half with soy crumbles (meant to look and taste similar to ground beef).  I haven’t cooked with it before so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.  I made both versions exactly the same way and used the same sauce. I wanted to see if anyone could tell the difference. 

Oddly enough, I stumbled on this in the produce section of the grocery store.  But I guess it does read “veggie protein crumbles” on the front.  Also, it was $3.99 for the box.  Compared to the price for real ground beef – I think it was a pretty decent deal.



Can you tell the difference?  Which one is made with the soy crumbles and which one with the ground beef?

Taste: Honestly, both of them tasted the same.  The soy crumbles just picks up the flavor of what you are cooking it with.

Texture: The texture is not that close to ground beef, but it’s not bad either.  I think the difference in texture (ground beef being more chewy and meatier) is the easy way to distinguish the two.

I had our friend Anthony do some tastings to see if he could figure out the difference.  He claims he despises vegetarian food, so he was the best candidate for my enchilada test.

What is Lisa making me eat?

The verdict: so he was able to tell the difference, BUT he really liked the enchiladas with the soy crumbles.  He ate it all up!  And so did everyone else who tried it too. 

I’m thinking…had I only served the vegetarian enchiladas…perhaps no one really would have known the difference. 

Anyways, I would definitely use again and plan to.  Micah isn’t the biggest fan of meat alternatives…but he liked it as well (I just can’t tell him when I’m using it). SmileAnd I’m not turning vegetarian in case you are wondering – but it’s always good to ease up on the meat consumption from time to time. 

1 Response to “Are you soy you can tell the difference?”

  1. 1 Tera January 7, 2011 at 4:22 am

    It looks soy gross!!

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