Product: Sophie’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Shrimp – $5.99+
Sophie’s Kitchen is bringing seafood back into my life…without actually being seafood. What’s even better…these items are things I used to enjoy back when I was a meat/poultry/seafood eater. Nothing could make me happier. Finding a gluten-free and vegan substitute for many proteins is difficult at times. However, thanks to the product line-up from Sophie’s Kitchen…I won’t need to worry about that any longer.
A month or so ago, I gave Sophie’s Kitchen gluten-free Breaded Vegan Fish Fillets a try. And while they tasted nothing like fish…and the texture wasn’t quite right…they weren’t bad. Not at all. They were actually quite tasty and gave me a reason to make a homemade tartar sauce for my roommate and I to enjoy with them. It was a nice introduction to the products that Sophie’s Kitchen offers. While not exactly like how I remembered fish fillets, these were decent enough.
So, while out at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I spotted the Breaded Vegan Shrimp in the freezer section. With the veggies from my CSA bin, I had it in my head that I could totally throw together some gluten-free and vegan shrimp po boys for dinner one night. My roommate was all for that, so we went ahead and purchased a box of the Breaded Vegan Shrimp and took it home. I picked up some Schär Sub Sandwich Rolls to hold the po boys, and then just had to decide on when to make them.
Work had been crazy…and my training schedule for running has taken up a lot more time since my mileage increase as I train for my first marathon. But a week ago, I made up a small snack to tide us over while I worked on putting my shrimp po boys together.
Sophie’s Kitchen really outdid themselves on the Breaded Vegan Shrimp. Honestly. They were really easy to cook. Thank goodness. Just let them thaw in the fridge (I didn’t do this, but managed to break them apart so they could cook properly in the end) and put them into the oven to cook as directed. While they were in the oven, I went ahead and began slicing up my vegetables, which included romaine lettuce, carrots, green peppers and shallots. I topped them off with sliced of avocado for my own personal touch. And…I just honestly love avocado. I mixed up some vegan sriracha mayonnaise to apply to the toasted sandwich buns and had that all ready just as the shrimp was finishing up in the oven.
When they emerged, the breading had turned a beautiful golden color and looked like fried shrimp would normally look. Already, I was impressed. I just hoped that it would taste as good as it smelled and looked. So, I got to work assembling the po boys…giving the bread a schmear of the vegan sriracha mayonnaise, then topping that with the lettuce, The shrimp were next, followed by the rest of the vegetables. The avocado topped it off and then I dabbed a bit more of the mayonnaise on top. Dinner…was served.
And, boy, was I ever blown away when I settled in to feast on my stuffed sandwich. The shrimp are packed full of amazing flavor. With all the different components on the sandwich, it was what really stood out. Rightfully so, as it was the protein. But the texture was fantastic. But it was the flavor of the breading and the shrimp itself that really impressed. I was blown away and kept eating and eating and just enjoying every single bite…until I reached the end of my sandwich and had to lick my fingers clean. Just sensational. Sophie’s Kitchen really nailed it on the head with these Breaded Vegan Shrimp. They are, so far, my favorite item off their product list. And while I was on the fence with the fish fillets, I am standing up and shouting my love for this product. Amazing. Delicious. Outstanding. YUM!
For those of you who do pay attention to nutrition facts, as I do, then you’ll want to take note. Each box contains 2.5 servings, which is about 7 pieces of shrimp per person. My roommate and I just split the entire box. We have no shame. In a single serving of these Breaded Vegan Shrimp, you will consume 240 calories and 11 grams of fat. These shrimpy delights are cholesterol free and low in sodium (only 270 mg). Even better, you get 4 grams of protein in each serving as well. Gotta love that.
I can’t stop singing the praises of Sophie’s Kitchen gluten-free Breaded Vegan Shrimp. Amazing. Super delicious. And next time, I may just eat them on their own. But, the po boy was super delicious and I would make and consume that with as much vigor as I did initially. Super yum. Thank you, Sophie’s Kitchen, for bringing seafood back to this gluten-free vegetarian. I. LOVE. YOU.