It's All Good is part of Gardein's line of meat analogs that began popping up in local groceries within the past few months. These mock beef skewers had piqued my interest a few months ago but I was put off by the fact that they were pretty pricey. Yesterday, I noticed they were on sale at Whole Foods and picked up a pack thinking they'd make for a good, quick dinner. It was fortunate that I did that because the baked tofu I made last night for this week's lunches turned out inedible. It's All Good stepped up to the plate and became lunch.
The skewers look like turds on a sticks when uncooked. It was a little off-putting. After microwaving for 2 1/2 minutes they really took on the appearance of meat. The smell was pretty appealing, too. Upon the first bite I was a little alarmed; the taste and texture was very close to real beef. After getting over the initial shock, I really enjoyed these. They were pretty tasty straight out of the package, without any kind of added sauce. These would be probably be a great addition to a stirfry for a really quick dinner.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I'd give these an 8. They'd be great to have on hand for a night when you don't feel like cooking or to replace the tofu you made for lunch that tasted like hot garbage. The downside is that they're not really cheap. A pack with 4 small-ish skewers will run you $4.99. Those 4 skewers will feed two people with moderate appetites. Cooking these for a family would probably get pretty expensive. They're worth it but they'll remain an every-once-in-a-while treat for me.