In accordance with the Governor’s request that New Mexican’s stay home as much as possible with the exceptions of getting food and medical attention, I am working at home. I am also eating at home.
We knew this was coming due to the rising COVID -19 numbers in this state. We prepared by going to Sprouts to stock up on food. One of our friends had suggested that we try some Starlite Cuisine products. I thought since it was vegan and on sale, that we would check it out. I have cut way back on processed foods but I thought these foods might be interesting to try. As you know I usually frequent restaurants or food trucks. But every now and then I slip back into my old habit of eating processed foods. This food was vegan, gluten-free.
We tried various products from Starlite Cuisine, some products were better than others.
It was ok. But I thought the price was expensive for the Pea Protein Enchiladas Rojas (sale price 5.49, original price was 6.49) There were two enchiladas in a package. As stated on the package, the enchiladas contained pea protein in a white corn tortilla with some bell peppers and black beans. Yes, I picked this product because it was vegan and it had black beans. I am more of a green(verde) sauce but this rojo(red) sauce was good. The vegan cheese was a nice touch but I wasn’t sure where it was. Maybe it just blended into the sauce.
I think that because the tortilla was made in a factory that the tortilla wasn’t filled to the edge with pea protein. Some of the pea protein was very chewy but not bad. A serving size for me would be the 2 enchiladas. One enchilada for lunch or dinner just wouldn’t do it. The convenience of this product was a huge factor. My total description of this meal was ok but I can get much better vegan tamales at Posa’s or vegan enchiladas at Fiesta Oaxaca. Nice Try, Starlite Cuisine.
Next we tried the Rolled Tacos (I think they were about the same price as the enchiladas). They, too, were vegan, pea protein with flour tortillas. The filling did reach to the end of the tortilla. That was good. The pea protein looked like a type of meat.
However, this product was wrapped in a paper towel for cooking to absorb the grease. It was a little too greasy for me. This is just a personal observation. We also had to provide our own salsa. That was ok with me because we tend to have several different types of salsa on hand, including a home made tomatillo salsa that is delicious.
I also checked out the Starlight website where you can buy their products online. The prices for the products mentioned above were $7.99 a piece. As of Monday, November 23, Sprouts still had these products on-sale but I’m not sure about how stocked your store might be. The store I go to in Santa Fe didn’t have the rolled tacos at this time.