While shopping at our local PCC Natural Market a couple of weeks ago, my partner and I came across Vegan Black Pepper Steaks in Black Pepper Sauce made by Vegetarian Plus. Neither of us had ever tried them and they looked like a hearty, savory vegan meat alternative, so we decided to give them a try.
These soy-based steak medallions make a great meat substitute for a hearty meal on a cold day or a savory vegan entrée for a filling dinner. The black pepper sauce is very thick and rich – like a black pepper jelly – and I didn’t need to add any herbs or spices to dress up the flavor. I served these vegan black pepper steaks with brown rice and vegetables, but I think that baked or mashed potatoes would also be a very nice side dish for this vegan meat alternative.
Product Information and Nutrition
Vegetarian Plus‘ Vegan Black Pepper Steaks in Black Pepper Sauce are cholesterol-free and trans fat-free, are made with natural ingredients and non-GMO (non-bioengineered) soybeans and have half the sodium of Vegetarian Plus‘ Vegetarian Black Pepper Steaks.
There are four servings per container and each serving contains 170 calories, 10 carbs, 8 grams of fat (including 2 grams of saturated fat), 400mg of sodium, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 13 grams of fat, 8% of the daily recommended value for iron, 4% of the daily recommended value for vitamin C and 2% of the daily recommended value for calcium.
I’m not thrilled with the saturated fat and sodium, but I do like the 13 grams of protein and the 170 calories – these hearty, filling black pepper steak medallions certainly taste like they would have a higher calorie count.
They are certainly healthier than their animal-derived counterparts and make a good non-meat protein source for vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and meat eaters looking for meat substitutes.
Cooking Tips and Overall Review
Vegetarian Plus Vegan Black Pepper Steaks in Black Pepper Sauce can be cooked on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave. I sautéed them on the stove with a small amount of oil, but I would also like to try them in the oven. The sauce is thick (almost like a jelly) and I think it wrapping the medallions in aluminum foil in the oven would produce some very tasty results. I’m not fond of cooking this type of food in the microwave and have found microwave cooking just doesn’t do this type of vegan pre-made food justice, but if you try them in the microwave and they turn out well, I would love to hear about it.
Vegan Black Pepper Steaks in Black Pepper Sauce by Vegetarian Plus are some of the most savory, hearty, rich vegan meat substitutes I have ever tried. Because the sauce is so rich and these steak medallions make such a heavy entrée, I don’t think we will eat them more than once or twice per month. With that said, Vegan Black Pepper Steaks are very flavorful and are a unique departure from typical vegan fare in your grocer’s freezer.
So, if you are looking for something a bit outside of your normal vegan or vegetarian diet or would like to try a hearty, savory meat alternative, then you should certainly give Vegan Black Pepper Steaks in Black Pepper Sauce a try. They might be a bit hard to find, but if you like rich, flavorful, filling meat substitutes, I think you will find them well worth the effort.
For more information on Vegetarian Plus Vegan Black Pepper Steaks in Black Pepper Sauce, or other vegan and vegetarian products made by Vege USA/Vegetarian Plus, visit their website at vegeusa.com.