I liked steak before I went vegan-ish. I was a rare to medium rare gal. I’m a vegan who was never squeamish about meat. I’ve seen vegans try to shame people for not being physically grossed out about meat. I’ve seen non-vegans utter things like, “If you miss meat, then why are you vegan? Just eat meat.” I don’t understand either of those groups. If reducing or eliminating meat is only for those grossed out by it, then that’s almost no one, right? Most people aren’t grossed out by meat! And I’ve never seen the same argument about dairy. For some reason, you are allowed to miss cheese. (I’m sure there is the rare vegan who has argued you should be violently repulsed by dairy but it must be pretty rare, as rare as the steak I used to eat. But for some reason, generally, it’s okay to admit you miss cheese.) Just a little background info on me, I used to work in hospital settings, both on a medical-surgical floor then later in an emergency room. I dealt with objectively gross stuff. I am not squeamish, and I think that can be a great thing. You don’t want someone who gags at the sight of blood when they are doing a blood draw or witnessing victims of gory accidents. And you also don’t someone with a sensitive stomach who can’t eat their lunch during a very physically demanding 12 hour shift! So screw this idea that it’s a virtue to be physically repulsed by eating meat. It’s morally neutral. It might be easy and helpful to be grossed out by meat if you want to pursue some variation of a veg diet, but that’s all.
But anyway, I liked steak, but having not eaten meat in almost five years, I am over the hump of actively missing it. I am not repulsed by it, though. I would love to be able to experience steak again anyway, and it may just be that time is here!* Today my Juicy Marbles arrived. Juicy Marbles is a combination of soy and wheat proteins, but that’s not what makes it so unique. There’s a patented process that allows for the marbling and layering (I think it might have something to do with 3D printing?). There’s another vegan steak called Meati that is fungus-based (think Quorn) but I’ve had trouble getting it. Like seriously, I thought I was getting some Meati but as soon as put my credit card info in, it said it was sold out. I was pretty mad then, but I’ve calmed down…LOL. Right now you can get three 24 oz. whole loins for $165 with free shipping. That should make 18 servings of filet mignons if you were to serve them like that. I’m loving the nutrition on it too. Every 4 oz. serving has 26 grams of protein, 80% of vitamin B12 and 25% of your iron, and only 0.9 grams of saturated fat…all this in 200 calories. For reference, according to the USDA, a beef version has 300 calories, 29 grams of protein and 8 grams of saturated fat with only about 10% of your iron and 28% of B12. Per calorie, the Juicy Marbles definitely has more protein and much less saturated fat along with more iron and B12.
Now this is kind of pricey, I think, compared to what a beef filet mignon would cost, although I haven’t shopped for the beef version in years. However, I don’t know if I ever ended up with tender ones! So if this is tender, which I suspect it will be, then I don’t know what grade of beef to compare it to. I think the last ones I had, which was many years ago, were from Aldi and they weren’t that tasty or tender. I recall them being okay, but I don’t think I paid a lot for them. I usually reserved steak for restaurants because my luck getting good ones at the grocery store was slim. If the restaurant one was bad, you could send it back.
I’ll be making it tonight. I haven’t decided if I’m going to cut up the one loin I have thawing into filets or if I’ll cook the loin whole. I’ll be posting what I did, and my opinions later though!
*Oh, and I did some review of Juicy Marbles that claimed it was so realistic that the reviewer didn’t like it because she had been vegan so long, it was too meaty she even checked the package to make sure it wasn’t meat, as if that’s what always happens when one goes vegan. She also said something about it “ending excuses” to not eat meat by meat lovers. I thought the whole thing was cringe. One, meat eaters don’t eat just steak, there are much cheaper meats that people eat more regularly. Even meat eaters, like I was once, might eat steak rarely. Two, it’s not a given you will ever hate meat so much even vegan versions gross you out. Hasn’t happened to me yet and I have not bitten into meat in nearly five years. I can only speak for myself when I say I just don’t miss it after this long, but I will happily try a vegan version. Needless to say, I don’t think she was helpful in convincing meat eaters. I am not here to start drama, so I’m not going to link her article or name the journalist. Just wanted to vent!