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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Picatta in a Flash

I got tired of being asked if I live under a rock, just because I hadn’t yet tried any Gardein products. So, I decided to sample some this week. I’ve been in the mood for something picatta. The Gardein chick’n scallopini seemed like a natural choice. Since I had purple and yellow fingerling potatoes, fresh asparagus, and Meyer lemons in the house, the menu practically wrote itself. It was so easy to make, the meal practically cooked itself too!

Once I got the potatoes and asparagus roasting, I quickly sautéed the scallopini for a few minutes. I then removed them from the pan while, I made a lightening quick picatta sauce with shallots, capers, white wine, Meyer lemon juice, and parsley. I swirled in a little Earth Balance to finish the sauce, then plated and served.

It was a wonderful meal. The tender asparagus and luscious potatoes were out of this world. Perfectly roasted and flavorful, they picked up enough of the picatta sauce to make their naturally delicious flavors sparkle. I don't usually use commercial meat alternatives, but I was impressed with the Gardein product. The texture is great, and the flavor light enough to allow the flavorful picatta sauce to shine through.

Making the sauce with Meyer lemons really elevated the sauce to “oh, wow!” status. I even sautéed some lemon slices to use as a garnish and we ended up eating them too, the lemon was that sweet. All in all, a delicious, an easy and elegant meal to enjoy on a snowy weekend in January.


I love Gardein!!! I also don't usually use faux meat products, but I can pronounce (and identify!) all of the ingredients in Gardein, so I treat myself every now & then. The chik'n tenders are AMAZING, and I have those picatta cutlets in the freezer... Happy to read a positive review!

Your plate looks like Spring!
I've had mixed feelings about Gardein, but I haven't tried this particular one. Thinks for the review and post.
I must be under a rock as well because I haven't tried Gardein either!
Mmm what great presentation too! Love your plate, it looks so delicious. Cheers to your blog also.
This entire dish looks so great. Delicious, healthy, fresh.
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