Product Review: Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari

Sophie's Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari
Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari

Product: Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari – $5.99+

This is it!

The final product from Sophie’s Kitchen for me to review.  Well, there are a couple other products out there, just none that I have found in this area yet.  All the ones that are available in the various natural food stores around here…have now been eaten, consumed, and reviewed.  It all ends here…with Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari.

Yes…my freezer has now been cleared of my delicious vegan seafood.  And the Vegan Breaded Calamari is another fine example of how Sophie’s Kitchen is doing vegan seafood well!  I mean…I was blown away.

Back before I became a vegetarian, I began eating calamari after moving to Indiana.  My roommate and her family were huge fans of splitting the appetizer calamari at any restaurant it was offered in…especially Red Lobster.  That being said, I grew to have a taste for the little rubbery rings of…squid.  But after making a conscious decision to go vegetarian…I gave up seafood and all other meats.  And when going gluten-free was necessary, anything breaded went the way of the dodo in my diet.

Until…Sophie’s Kitchen brought breaded “seafood” back into my life.

The other night, the Breaded Vegan Calamari remained in my freezer.  And as I had been out of town and had no fresh produce bin delivered…I was living out of my pantry, fridge, and freezer.  This seemed like an easy enough thing to prepare for dinner.  All I hoped for was that it would live up to the standards and quality of the other Sophie’s Kitchen products I had in the past.

I should have known it wouldn’t disappoint.

Sophie's Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari (frozen)
Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari (frozen)

Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari is so simple to prepare.  You can do it in either the oven or a skillet, but I opted for the oven this time.  I placed the Breaded Vegan Calamari rings on a pan and put them in the oven for about 15 minutes.  When I retrieved them, they smelled amazing and were now a beautiful golden brown.  I plated the rings and served it up with some marinara for dipping (because calamari should always be eaten with marinara…always!).  My roommate and I tucked into our basic, simple dinner…and we were both once again WOWED!  I mean…totally in awe at how accurate the texture and taste of these vegan seafood products are to the real thing.  I loved how the Breaded Vegan Calamari rings had that bit of rubbery texture…just like actual calamari.  I thought it had amazing flavor, and the breading was more than seasoned correctly and packed with amazing flavor.  I might have devoured mine in record time.  I told my roommate that this one was ranking up there in popularity as far as my favorites to eat.  So delicious.  Beyond impressed.  And now I want to restock my freezer with all of the products again…and work my way through them once more.  This just clinches the fact that Sophie’s Kitchen makes high quality products that gluten-free vegans can enjoy!

So…what exactly is vegan seafood made from?  Well, the Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari is made from water, konjac powder, beta glucan, potato starch, organic agave nectar, sea salt, canola oil, rice flakes (from brown rice), potato starch, turmeric, white pepper, carrageenan, alginate, and calcium hydroxide.  Is it clean eating…nope.  Not even close.  But…it’s not too bad as processed, frozen products go.  Not at all.  These are soy-free, vegan (100% plant based), non-GMO, gluten-free, contain no artificial preservatives, no artificial colors, no MSG, they are free of trans fats, and they are cholesterol free.  These also contain no added sugar.  Nothing about them is artificial.  Nothing.

Nutritionally speaking, a serving size of Sophie’s Breaded Vegan Calamari is 4 pieces (or about 3 ounces).  This serving size will dish you up 210 calories and 9 grams of fat.  You will also be taking in 250 mg sodium and only 2 grams of sugar.  Love that!  In addition, you will be consuming 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.  Trust me…you will feel full after eating these.  But deliciously full!

I have become a huge fan of Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood items.  The Breaded Vegan Calamari ranks right up there as one of the best products in the lineup.  Try it.  Even if you aren’t a vegan, you might appreciate a healthier, and environmentally-friendly seafood.  You won’t be disappointed.  Trust me!

Sophie's Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari (served with marinara sauce)
Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari (baked) (served with marinara sauce)

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