Are You Sure This Isn’t Chicken?

Oh, Trader Joe’s. Is there anything you can’t do?

Because seriously–wouldn’t you think that was chicken? It has almost the exact same taste and texture as dark meat chicken. And while I didn’t really enjoy the dark meat before I became a vegan, it’s nice to have a little reminder of my former life now and then. My husband was completely fooled, except for the fact that he knows we don’t eat meat! It also has a really good health profile (high in protein, low in fat) and is unbelievably easy to prepare. Two minutes in the microwave! That’s it!

I also made the Easy Mac & Cheese from Happy Herbivore as a side, and then made my own version of her Dijon Green beans to go with it. The beans were SO GOOD. And also pretty easy!

Easy Dijon Green Beans (makes 4 servings as a side dish):

  • 3 cups of frozen green beans
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • 2 T white wine
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup veggie broth

Heat one tsp of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, until fragrant. Add the thyme, pepper flakes, and salt, stir for a few seconds. Add in your green beans, and cook until the frost comes off. Then, pour in the wine. When the wine reduces, add in the veggie broth & dijon and cook until the beans are hot all the way through and the sauce is no longer liquidy.

I really wanted to make biscuits to go with this, too, but I was too lazy!

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