Looking for a healthy plant-based alternative to ground beef, then neat Italian Mix might be a product worth trying.
Originally designed as a healthy replacement for ground beef, neat Italian Mix is a dry mix that is derived from pecans, garbanzo beans and spices. Each pouch is equivalent to 1 lb. of ground beef which makes it a perfect choice to use in recipes that would normally call for meat such as lasagna or pasta Bolognese.
I was excited to try this product by making “neat” balls which are the companies version of meat balls except these are super healthy, since they do not contain fillers or preservatives.
My goal was to make spaghetti with “neat” balls, which is something I normally do not eat, since I really don’t care for any of the plant-based products currently on the market.
I stress that when you are trying a new product or recipe for the first time always read over the directions more than once. Unfortunately, I failed to do so and ended up adding too much water, needless to say what should have been something extremely easy to prepare quickly went down the drain and I have myself to blame.
The following night my family decided to make stuffed artichokes, which is something we usually eat once a week when they are in season. That’s where things got interesting.
Normally, I just steam my artichokes and drizzle them with olive oil then add a little lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. I avoid using bread crumbs, since they tend to contain a lot of preservatives.
I guess you can say I was feeling a little adventurous, since I decided to try adding the neat Italian Mix in addition to what I normally put on my artichoke.
Wow, was I blown away by how surprisingly good it tasted. It completely replaced the bread crumbs without sacrificing any of the flavor. It actually tasted much better.
It just goes to show you that with a good quality product anything is possible. The best part is that it is healthy, gluten-free and worth every penny.
Some Key Facts
-Vegan / Vegetarian
-Non-GMO project verified
-Soy free and gluten-free
-Sustainable, plant-based ground beef alternative
-Provides the protein of meat with 60% less saturated fat
-4 Servings per container
Below is my Stuffed Artichoke Recipe:
-4 artichokes, trimmed
-neat Italian Mix
-1/8 tsp salt
-1/8 tsp black cracked pepper
-2 tbsp olive oil
-Squeeze of lemon
1. Start by trimming and cleaning the artichokes, by cutting off about 1/2 to 1 inch of each artichoke to remove the spiky tips. Then cut off any remaining spiky tips with kitchen shears. Trim away the tough edges of the stem. Rinse each artichoke under cold running water, spreading the leaves to rinse out any dirt or sand.
2. To cook the artichokes, put 3 to 4 inches of water in a saucepan large enough to hold all artichokes snugly so they remain upright as they cook. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook the artichokes until tender for about 20 minutes.
3. Place artichoke halves on large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
4. Mix together neat Italian Mix, salt and pepper. Sprinkle over artichokes. If you would like you can top with plant-based parmesan or shredded cheese.
5. Bake uncovered until cheese has melted.
6. Serve with a drizzle more of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.
Courtesy Image: Atlantic Natural Foods