NEAT – a healthy replacement for meat [REVIEW]

The adjective “neat” does not even begin to describe Neat Foods Company.

Neat Foods is one-of-a-kind, unique, extraordinary, spectacular…I can go on, right?

The first time I heard about Neat Foods was through another fellow “foodie’s” instagram. I browsed this company’s website, and learned what they were all about and I knew I had to contact them to try this stuff out for myself.

Neat Food’s healthy replacement for meat is not like any other “meat-substitute” company out there. Their products are derived from nuts and other natural ingredients, and are certified gluten-free, soy free and non-gmo. Neat Meat is an easy to make, great tasting replacement for ground beef. Even the most pickiest carnivore will love this healthy and quick way to serve your family’s favorite dishes.

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I was more than thrilled with the generous package the crew over at Neat offered to me to review for you. They sent me a sample of each of their products which included their egg replacer, and original, italian, mexican and breakfast mixes. Each package comes with a little recipe on the back, and how to prep the neat mix. It’s incredibly easy to follow the instructions; each mixture is combined with a little bit of water and a couple of eggs (or you can use their egg substitute to make it vegan), and stirred to combine to use like ground beef.

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As far as the ingredients go, this stuff is very clean and all-natural. The main ingredients are pecans, garbanzo beans, organic whole grain gluten free cornmeal, sea salt, and spices. So if you have a nut allergy, then this product is not for you. When you compare Neat Foods to other meat-substitute companies such as Gardein, it is a much better alternative.

GARDEIN Beef-less Ground Ingredients:

gardein: water, soy protein concentrate*, expeller pressed canola oil*, organic cane sugar, sea salt, yeast extract, onion powder, garlic powder, caramel color, natural flavors (from plant sources), spices.

Neat Original Mix Ingredients:

neat: pecans, garbanzo beans, gluten free whole grain oats, organic whole grain gluten free corn meal, garlic, onion, sea salt, spices.

Here are a couple of the creations that I made with Neat Food’s products thus far.

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Gluten free Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins using Neat Egg Replacer
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Meat-less Taco Pizza using Neat Mexican Mix

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Overall, Neat Foods healthy meat replacement did not disappoint. However, there are always little flaws in even the best companies out there. One thing I did find was that the mixes were very dry, and I had to add extra water and crushed tomatoes to the mexican mix to make it easier to combine. It may also help to cook it for a shorter time, but you just have to experiment with it.

To purchase Neat, you can order them off their website and either pick-two or build a pack of 6. You can also find them on Amazon if you’d like to order individually.

What should I cook/bake next with my Neat Foods mixes?

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Disclosure: Neat Foods sent me 5 packages of their Neat mixes to review for the creation of this post.  I do not accept free product or compensation in return for a fully positive review – all opinions are my own.

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