Right Stuff vs. Food Porn
Looking for a new veggie burger to stand in for beef? Give Lightlife Backyard Grill’n Burgers a whirl.
For starters, each burger has 20 grams of protein. Middle-aged and older people need about that much at each meal in order to prevent muscle loss, according to some studies.
Some veggie burgers, especially those that don’t try to mimic the taste of meat, are low in protein. Gardenburgers, for example, have just 3 to 5 grams. The meat stand-ins are higher. Most Boca Burgers have 13 to 15 grams of protein. MorningStar Farms Grillers Prime have 17 grams.
But Backyard Grill’n Burgers have even more. That’s partly because of ingredients like soy protein isolate and wheat gluten, and partly because of size. They’re “25% bigger than the leading national brand,” as the label boasts. That means more calories (190) than you’d get in, say, a MorningStar Farms Grillers Original (with 130 calories and 15 grams of protein). But if you can spare the calories, you may find the bigger burger more satisfying.
Backyard Grill’n Burgers aren’t low in sodium (350 milli- grams). Few veggie burgers are. But they beat (smaller) Grillers Prime (360 mg) and Boca All American Flame Grilled (380 mg).
Then there’s taste. “Fire up some backyard barbeque deliciousness with this veggie burger that more than lives up to its name,” says Lightlife. Bingo! You can’t beat that fresh-grilled, meaty flavor, especially when you cook them in a skillet (rather than the microwave).
Don’t look now, but there’s a backyard in your kitchen.
Lightlife: (800) 769-3279
CARAMEL APPLE AMBUSH
“If only Mom’s apple pie was this good,” says the LongHorn Steakhouse online menu. It’s referring to the Caramel Apple Goldrush, a “fresh baked pie crust packed with sweet, juicy Fuji apples, vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with made-in-house Maker’s Mark bourbon-caramel sauce and raspberry sauce.”
Let’s leave Mom out of this. There’s no way she would have packed 1,640 calories and 25 grams (more than a day’s worth) of saturated fat into one serving of apple pie. Don’t blame it on the apples. The culprit is mostly the thick wrap-around pie crust—not to mention the sugary sauces, filling, and ice cream.
Every other LongHorn dessert that serves one diner—from the Bananas Foster Cheesecake to the Ultimate Brownie Sundae, Mountain Top Cheesecake, and Molten Lava Cake—has fewer calories. And they sound more decadent than “juicy Fuji apples.”
Ordering a Goldrush is like having a full rack of LongHorn’s Baby Back Ribs with a side of Seasoned French Fries for dessert after you’ve polished off your LongHorn steak dinner.
“We believe in offering our guests a broad range of dining experiences that appeal to a variety of taste and dietary preferences...” says LongHorn’s Web site.
So some guests prefer a dining experience that leaves them with two dinners’ worth of calories?
You’d never get that baloney past Mom.
Darden Restaurants: (407) 245-4000
Dish of the Month
Curried Tofu Scramble
Drain and blot a 14 oz. package of firm tofu. Sauté a diced onion in 1 Tbs. of canola oil until lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. of curry powder. Crumble the tofu into the skillet. Sauté, stirring, until the tofu is evenly coated with the curry powder. Season with up to ¼ tsp. of kosher salt.