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The Lazy Vegetarian


Product Review: Smart BBQ

LightLife Smart BBQ

Last week, we tried this new product, found in the refrigerated vegetarian section (near produce) of many supermarkets. It is part of a new product line from LightLife that includes Smart Chili and Smart Tex-Mex. I served it on Mrs.Baird's 100% whole grain sugar-free hamburger buns, which are rather small. I noticed the other day in the grocery store that another company has a larger size 100% whole wheat hamburger bun - so look for those.

  • Authentic shredded "meat" consistency
  • Good flavor
  • Nutritious (no fat, reasonable sodium for ready-to-eat food, protein)
  • Easy to heat in microwave
  • Package claims to be 3 servings, but barely made two small sandwiches
  • Too much sauce (too "wet")
It's certainly worth giving a try, if you like shredded BBQ. I contacted the company and shared my views on the product. In the past, I have found that vegetarian food companies are very interested in the opinions of consumers, so, perhaps, we will see changes made to this product in the future.

5 comment(s):

I've noticed that their servings are quite small, too...thanks for this site...it's quite useful for a new vegetarian!

By Blogger Mona, at 4:10 PM  

It's good..but expensive. To make similar sandwiches, use veggie crumbles and sloppy joe sauce OR chop up some of the Morningstar farms steak style strips and heat thoroughly with BBQ sauce.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:49 AM  

One thing I like about this product - beside the fact that it is vegan and tasty - is that it is fairly low in sodium, which is rare for ready-to eat veggie meat products.

By Blogger Gary, at 7:49 PM  

I JUST found this product literally about 15 minutes ago in my corner store. I'm not a vegetarian, but I

1- love bbq pork and
2- can't eat it any more on account of...well...eating too much of it. (high cholesterol, etc. Undertaking a 'dietary lifestyle change.'

This stuff is GREAT! I actually came across your blog looking for the product website so I could sing it's praises in mine.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:28 PM  

It's in my heavy rotation, despite the expense, because the entire package packs a huge protein wallop (18 grams) and is a nice hot lunch alternative for the workplace- you can cook it right in the package. Plus it smells great after you heat it up and makes everyone ask what you're eating! I like the short ingredient list, no filler or garbage or chemical nastiness in there. The color comes from beet powder!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:49 PM  

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