One of the many reasons I love Gardein is that they make it possible to have plant-based Asian food right at home that’s easy to make and is delicious! Sweet and Sour pork used to be one of my favorite Chinese food dishes, and now I can enjoy that flavor once again.
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of these Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites at first because just from the picture on the bag they look puffy like the Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips which is not in my top faves.
As soon as I took a bite of the cooked Porkless Bites from my plate, all that skepticism disappeared. These Porkless Bites are a good way to transition from eating real pork. For a plant-based version of sweet and sour pork, these bites are pretty darn delish and they have 13g of protein per serving which is awesome!
To mimic the Chinese restaurant experience, I added some carrots, onions, and red pepper to my Sweet and Sour Porkless Bites. So good! The sauce comes in a separate packet so if you do not like the sauce that comes with the bites or you want to try another sauce like an orange sauce or Peking sauce, you can totally do that.
I love shopping at Asian markets because you can find so many cool different kinds of vegetables, starches, and fruits. But even for me being Filipino, I can find Asian markets intimidating or confusing because there is SO much selection there. I find it mind boggling how many varieties of bok choy there are which is awesome because bok choy is one of my favorite greens.
As another example, have you heard of Banana blossom? There is something inside the plant that is like hunting for Saffron. The leaves are also wonderful for use in salads.
This is a really good video with Chef Mike of Green Vegetarian Cuisine taking us on a tour of an Asian market where the owner of the market describes many of the fresh foods you’ll see and what kind of dishes each is traditionally used in or can be used in. For example, she’s made empanadas using Ube, a purple yam used in traditional Filipino dishes. Now I want to make Ube dessert empanadas.
One of my favorite points that Vanessa, the co-owner, makes is that Asian cuisine is loaded with greens for health because taking pills for health issues is not a big thing in Asia. So true! Better to eat from the Farmacy to prevent the need for visits to the Pharmacy for food related health issues.
So, load up on the greens because it’s better for your health and the planet!