There’s nothing like a good root

We ordered takeaway from Roots Catering this evening and I got to try the Beyond Meat burger patty for the first time. For those who don’t know, Beyond Meat is a US-based food technology company that makes meat-like food products from plants. You can buy the Beyond Meat burger from Tesco but I’d never tried it until now. I tend to prefer the burger patties that have visible chunks of vegetables and legumes in them. Nevertheless, I’d heard good things about Beyond Meat and was keen to give it a go.

We each got an O.G Back Wynd burger from Roots with a side serving of fries. It was delicious and tasted just as I remember beef burgers used to taste although it has been a very long time since I’ve had a burger. Daniel is particularly fussy and despises fake meats but he wolfed this burger down with gusto and gave it the thumbs up.

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Sometimes plant meats can be dry because they’re not as fatty as real meat which is a bonus for health but if you’re after the succulent and juicy texture you get with beef then Beyond Meat ticks both boxes. Our burgers also came with an onion ring, lettuce, caramalised onion, pickle, cheese, and bacon – all made from plants. It was truly delicious and so filling I was too stuffed to finish my chips.

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Roots Catering usually has a vegan food van parked by the beach in Aberdeen but they’ve adapted to the pandemic and are running an online service where you can order and have the food delivered. If you want something a bit more sophisticated than the burger they’re also offering a chef-prepared three-course meal delivered to your door. We’ll try that next.

 

8 Replies to “There’s nothing like a good root”

  1. That looks really good. I’ve tried a few of the meat substitutes when I’ve been foraging about for proteins in health food shops but so far they come across as drier versions of factory farmed reclaimed meats, which can’t be a good thing. I’ll look for that in Tesco.
    I like the veggie/legume based burgers too of course!

    1. Yes, I like veggie and legume burgers best and will stick to those but this is nice for meat-eaters who are reluctant to give up meat. I’ll probably get some for our freezer for Daniel too because he really liked it.

  2. I eat the occasional plant-meat burger or sausage, but I haven’t tried Beyond Meat yet, as I don’t think it’s available in NZ yet. I find it interesting that a lot of omnivores don’t get why Vegans will eat plant meats, but not animal meats. When I explain to them that many Vegans didn’t reject eating animal meat because they didn’t like the taste of it, but for reasons of conscience, the omnis seem surprised. To me, it comes across as never occurring to them to have a conscience about it. I think that this is indicative of the callous disassociation we’re encouraged to have towards animals we regard as ‘food’.

    1. I find it interesting that a lot of omnivores don’t get why Vegans will eat plant meats, but not animal meats.

      That’s just stupid. I’d have thought it would be obvious.

  3. Last night I had tacos made from Beyond Meat, and I agree, you can’t tell them apart from those made from ground beef. I was a little dismayed that they cost more than the ones made from beef, but I guess it will be more expensive the way organic fruits and vegetables are more expensive than the ones that aren’t. But given that there’s a projected meat shortage looming in the United States, this may be the moment for plant-based meat substitutes. Farmers are talking about killing animals that they can’t sell for meat, which I find horrifying, both for the waste of resources and the pointless taking of life. The pandemic has shown how broken and cruel the food supply chain is in the US.

    1. I had heard about the snowballing problem in the US with the meat supply chain. That is sad but the conditions that so many factory-farmed animals endure probably make it kinder to end their miserable lives sooner rather than later. I know I’d rather be dead than alive in a factory farm.

      As for meat substitutes being more expensive, I think a large tax needs to be added to all animal products to pay for the enormous cost of the pandemic. That would make plant foods relatively cheaper. They could also be partly subsidised by the new tax.

  4. I love these burgers! We have a few grocery chains that make their own now, too, in the US, including Kroger and Trader Joe’s! Glad you got to try it! I still like a traditional veggie burger, too. Variety is the spice of life, right?

    1. Variety is definitely the spice of life. We eat homemade burgers quite a lot. This is the first time I’ve eaten a takeaway burger for a while and it was a nice treat.

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