Chef’d & Beyond Meat Smash-Up – Part 1 – Vegan Beast Burger & Cucumber Dill Salad

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To see images of my past posts & get links to the recipes – look on my Pinterest board – HERE.

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There has been a huge rise in food services that send either already-prepared meals to your home for you to heat up and, more interestingly, ones that send pre-measured fresh ingredients & recipes & you make the food at home.  I tried Blue Apron – which is the latter service – and was not totally impressed.  One issue was the lack of selection for vegetarians (and nothing for vegans) & the fact that there was no option for a single person.  Their subscription plan meant I would get 3 meals – for two – each week – which meant six of my seven dinners were decided for me each week – with me eating the same thing twice – three times in a row.  Also – if you happened to LOVE a dish – you could not order it again soon – but had to wait – indefinitely – hoping it would eventually reappear in the cycle.

Chef’d has solved those problems.  No subscription – meaning order what you want & when you want it.  Get the same thing every day for two weeks – or just get one thing – different things – a few times a month.  Here is how they work:

Choose from Famous Recipes

Browse through hundreds of recipes from your favorite chefs, and cook them in the comfort of your own home!

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Fresh pre-portioned Ingredients delivered to your door. Reorder what you like, when you like. No subscriptions!

Cook, Love, Live

Enrich your life by creating memorable delicious experiences of love through our hand-cultivated recipes.

And look at the various tastes & lifestyles they accommodate

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HERE is the list of the famous chefs contributing recipes.  And HERE are the vegan & vegetarian meals currently offered (kind of amazing looking).  I was given the opportunity to try the service & jumped at the chance.  I am a long-time fan of Beyond Meat & the pairing of these two companies is exciting to me.  I got the Beast Burger & Tacos & will post about the burger here – and the tacos in another post HERE.
Here is what showed up (for the burgers):
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The box included everything I needed to make 4 Beast Burgers & the Cucumber Dill Salad.  I take childlike delight in tiny condiment bottles – to the degree that I didn’t want to open these & used some existing condiments I had.  So goofy.
Anyway – everything is outlined very clearly & the ingredients are pre-measured so – no measuring & no extra ingredients to leave around, unused, forever.
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The Cucumber Dill Salad came together in five minutes & was tangy & crisp & light.
And – no surprise – the Beast Burger was huge & meaty & delicious!  I have had many Beyond Meat burgers in the past but – it was nice to have all the things I needed right there – including just 4 buns for the 4 burgers.  My freezer is jammed with freezer-burned buns that I stuck in there after buying a whole bag but only wanting one burger.
Assembled – the burger really is a beast & just as messy as any burger ad you see on TV – in the best possible way.   I feel like this is a great choice for a family of four on a night when there is minimal time to get dinner together – OR – to bring to a meat-eaters BBQ.  With this meal plan – you can walk into a BBQ with everything you need to provide 4 vegans/vegetarians with something as tempting as anything else likely to be served there – no fuss & no waste.
Be sure to check out their TACO dinner (seen below) HERE.
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Beyond Meat Vegan Beastly Nacho Cheese Sliders

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All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2015

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This is not really a recipe.  It is more of an endorsement of this product.  I have long been a fan of Beyond Meat & use it in all kinds of ways but this was my first experience with their veggie burgers.   First things first – you can get Beyond Meat coupons HERE and there is a store locator on the site, too, so you can see where you can buy this stuff near you.

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So – as you can see – they LOOK pretty beefy (which is half the challenge) and their texture is chewier & meatier than say, a Gardenburger.  They chew a bit closer to how a McDonald’s burger chews and, let’s be honest, McDonald’s burgers probably are not real meat either.  And even when your burger is a bona fide beef burger – did you know that any burger patty you eat might contain meat from up to 100 different cows – from several different countries?  GROSS!

These Beast burgers taste delicious – though no real meat eater will be fooled.  I actually find it frustrating that meat-eaters expect there to be no way to detect the difference between real & fake meats.  Though Beyond Meat chicken comes as close as anything I have ever experienced in the department of trickery (in that, if cooked right, some folks might believe it really is chicken) – but the point of these products, from my perspective, is to offer a viable, healthier & cruelty-free replacement/substitute to unsustainable & cruel real meat products.  Diet Coke doesn’t fool anyone that it is real Coke but people have adjusted – in the interest of saving calories.   Consider fake meats the same way – that they are a reasonable substitute for real meat that is full of fat & hormones & pain & unbelievable agony.  These Beyond Meat products look convincing & have none of that aftertaste that some earlier fake meats had.  These burgers are the best faux burgers I have ever had & Beyond Meat faux meats take on sauces & other accoutrements like champs & the more you season them with things like my vegan nacho cheese sauce or Asian flavors, etc, the more convincing they get.

HERE are a bunch of vegan chicken dishes I have posted in the past.

HERE are a bunch of vegan ground beef recipes.

 Here – I melted my 2-ingredient, 5-minute vegan nacho cheese sauce in a pan & poured it over the cooked burgers.

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I then added red onion, tomato, arugula, pickles, mustard & ketchup.  The result was a trio of sloppy, delicious “beef” sliders that everybody could enjoy.  Top yours with your favorites but be sure to try the Beast in either version – slider of full-sized.  Again – go to the site for a store locator and coupons are HERE.  These guys will make you proud at the 4th of July BBQ’s you attend!  I recommend them without reservation.