Product: Sophie’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Scallops – $5.99+
Yes…more vegan seafood!
When you’re a gluten-free vegetarian…you buy and try products like this. There is nothing wrong with that, right? In fact, I encourage all you seafood lovers to give these a shot. Maybe start with the most amazing gluten-free and vegan breaded shrimp…then try some of the other offerings.
You see, this little company called Sophie’s Kitchen, is making these frozen vegan seafood dishes…and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I was on the fence with their Gluten-Free Vegan Fish Filets…but I fell in love with the rich and bold flavors and texture of the Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Shrimp. Well, I had pasta to use up…so I got it in my head to do something with the Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Scallops.
Why not? A nice gluten-free angel hair pasta dish with some sort of garlic sauce would pair perfectly with scallops, yes? Of course it would. Pasta, garlic and scallops are…like…best mates.
So, the other night for dinner, that’s exactly what I set out to make. I got my gluten-free angel hair pasta going on the stove top, worked on a side of roasted asparagus (done in the oven with olive oil, balsamic, a little salt and a dash of black pepper). Then, I pulled the Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Scallops out of the fridge (I put them in there to thaw while I was at work) to get them onto their own baking sheet and ready for the oven as well.
That’s really all there is to these. You place them in the 375°F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden on top, and then…you’re ready to serve them up, however your little heart desires.
My pasta turned out to be an epic fail. My sauce was awesome. And as for Sophie’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Scallops?
I really liked these! I mean…really liked these. Not to the epic scale that I love the Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Shrimp…but the scallops are really tasty as well. The texture was great. They weren’t grainy or anything. They didn’t taste like rubber. They had the perfect texture of a seared scallop. I felt that it really was the star of the entire dish that I whipped together. These just looked and tasted authentic. I was very happy with feasting on them. I actually saved a scallop as my last bite since the pasta was an epic fail (see blog post before this one). My sauce was awesome though. But the vegan scallops, as any “meat” portion of a dish should be, was the star.
So…what exactly are these seafood imitations made from? The answer is…konjac root, which is an ancient superfood staple across Southeast Asia and is very popular in traditional Japanese cuisine. It’s also known as the elephant yam. The konjac is combined with seaweed and other ingredients and viola…vegan (and in most cases, gluten-free) seafood. In this case, the Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Scallops are made from water, konjac powder, beta glucan, modified potato starch, organic agave nectar, sea salt, rice flakes, potato starch, white pepper, carrageenan, and seaweed. Put them together…and you get…amazing imitation scallops that have some of the best texture and definitely soaked up the garlic and olive oil in my sauce. Delicious.
Nutritionally speaking, a serving of Sophie’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Breaded Vegan Scallops is 8 pieces. This serving will only set you back 50 calories! FIFTY CALORIES!! You will also be taking in only 1 gram of fat, 3 grams of fiber…and sadly…no protein here. These little breaded vegan scallops of awesome have no cholesterol, no trans-fat, no preservatives, no added colors, no MSG, no added sugar, are naturally low in sodium…and basically contain no artificial…ANYTHING!
This is the third product that I have tried by Sophie’s Kitchen and these are definitely my second favorite thus far. I would love to try them in another way for preparation purposes. I am really loving what Sophie’s Kitchen is brignign to my gluten-free and vegetarian table. Thanks to their vegan line of seafood…fish can be back on my menu!
I think I’m in love with Sophie’s Kitchen.
No…I know I am.
Thank you…great people behind Sophie’s Kitchen…for giving this gluten-free vegetarian delicious options for a seafood dinner.