I'm going to start out by saying that I typically hate - and I mean, HATE - anything that's trying to be meat but isn't meat. I've been a vegetarian for nearly two years and have tried almost every meat substitute on the market, and I typically end up throwing them away in disgust. 99% of the time I prefer proteins that aren't pretending to be something else - beans, seeds, nuts, edamame, tofu - Those aren't pretending to be meat. The other day, however, I saw barbecue ribs on TV and, while I'm usually pretty happy with my vegetarian diet, once in a while something like this will happen and I will seriously get in the mood for meat. So, one short trip to the store later, and I ended up with these. I'm going to be honest - I expected them to be horrible. It's worth mentioning that you only get two packets of "riblets" per box, and each packet has four "ribs" which is enough for one person, so each box basically serves two. Anyway, following the cooking instructions on the website (the box only had microwave instructions, and I'm not a fan of microwaved foods), I opened one of the packets, took out the "riblet" and sauce, and wrapped it up tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil. I also lined the baking sheet with foil in case of leakage (which did happen). I baked it at 350F for 30 minutes, then took it out. I will say right now that I was shocked when I took that first tentative bite. The texture was spot-on and the flavor was actually good. The barbecue sauce was sweet and smoky, and the "rib" didn't have that weird, plastic, soy taste that 99% of "fake meats" have. I finished one of the little "ribs" and actually had to double-check the package to make sure it wasn't meat. It could have easily fooled me had I not known better. Upon ensuring that it was indeed vegetarian, I put the other three "ribs" and the rest of the sauce on a bun and enjoyed it that way. Yum. So basically, the one "fake meat" that I thought couldn't possibly be any good actually turned out to be the only one I've ever liked and would buy again. Go figure.
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Start your day off right with these Morning Star Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets. Made entirely of vegetable, they're a good pick for vegans or vegetarians. These Morning Star BBQ riblets are covered in a sweet and smoky sauce. They're a good source of protein and contain important fiber, making them a healthy addition to almost any diet.Morning Star Farms Meal Starters Hickory BBQ Riblets, 10 oz:
- Veggie Riblets, Hickory BBQ
- Classics. Veggie riblets in a sweet & smoky sauce. 100% vegan. 210 calories per serving. Excellent source protein. Cholesterol free. See nutrition information for sodium content. Kellogg's Family Rewards KelloggsFamilyRewards.com. Stick to our riblets! Questions or comments? Visit: morningstarfarms.com. Call: 1-800-962-0120. Exchange: 2 Carbohydrates, 1/2 fat, 2 proteins. The dietary exchanges are based on the Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes, 2008 by American Dietetic Association and American Diabetes Association.
Ingredients: WATER, CANE SYRUP, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MOLASSES, TOMATO PASTE (TOMATOES), VINEGAR, TEXTURED WHEAT PROTEIN (WHEAT GLUTEN, WHEAT STARCH, PHOSPHATE, CARAMEL COLOR), CANOLA OIL, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF SALT, NATURAL FLAVORS, YEAST EXTRACT, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, METHYLCELLULOSE, EXTRACT OF MALTED BARLEY AND CORN, WHEAT GLUTEN, CARAMEL COLOR, SUNFLOWER OIL, XANTHAN GUM, ONION POWDER, GARLIC POWDER, SPICES.
Instructions: Cooking Instructions - General - Keep Frozen until Ready to Use. For Food Safety and Quality, Heat to a Minimum Internal Temperature of 165°F. Caution: Never leave cooking appliance unattended while in use. Riblets are hot. If product is overheated, sauce can become Extremely Hot and Cause Burns. Use care when handling this product. Microwave - From Frozen - In the Microwave* (recommended method). 1) Remove frozen riblet pouch from package. 2) Place one riblet pouch on a microwave safe plate. Cut 2 slits on top of pouch. 3) Cook on High for 2 minutes 30 seconds - 3 minutes, rotate once during cooking. 4) Product is Hot. Carefully remove from microwave and let stand 2-3 minutes. 5) Cut one end of pouch open and carefully transfer riblet onto serving plate. 6) Cool briefly before serving. * Cooking instructions developed using 1100 watt microwave. Microwave ovens vary. Times given are approximate. Oven cook - From Frozen - In the Oven. 1) Preheat oven to 375°F. 2) Remove frozen riblet from pouch. 3) Wrap riblet tightly in foil. 4) Bake 30 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and let stand 2- 3 minutes. 5) Product is Hot. Carefully remove from foil and transfer onto serving plate. 6) Cool briefly before serving. Cook thoroughly
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OMG !!!! I couldn't wait to get to the computer to tell you how AWESOME these are. They have a texture that tastes and LOOKS like pulled pork. The sauce is outstanding. Would I recommend these to a friend??? I recommend these to the entire vegetarian world !!!!!
I just tried these today and was pleasantly surprised! They are DELISH!!! I wanted something different from my usual and decided to give these a try.... WOW... the taste and texture was wonderful! I actually kept thinking this can not be fake meat! :) The bbq sauce was also just as good and I am pretty picky about my sauces. I made mine in the microwave, it only took around 3 and half minutes to be done. I know some may think that it isn't very much for the price, since there is only 2 in the box, but for me one serving size was enough with the rest of my meal. I will most certainly by these again!
OMG i love these because durning the summer when my family had ribs so could i and now i cant find them anymore i have been looking but nothing this makes me sad. i cant even order them in to somewhere. i hope they will be brought back
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LOVED THESE! The sauce is great (tangy and delicious) and the "meat" is soft and lovely. I can't believe these have been discounted by Morning Star Farms (yes I contacted them after not being able to find them at my local stores).
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