Vegan Mofo #25 Smothered Gardein Cutlets

I was in the store doing a little grocery shopping thinking about what I wanted for dinner. The problem? I was already hungry. Isn’t that what people say all the time,  “Don’t shop hungry.”  Well that night, I was hungry.

By the time I got home, I was too tired to put together an elaborate meal. In the store I came across a bag of Gardein Chick’ n Scallopini. I was just going to follow the instructions on the bag and be done with it. Then I  had a craving for something from my childhood just quicker.

I started with celery sauteed with water then I added the Gardein Chick ‘n Scallopini to brown them.

I added water instead of vegetable broth because I was hoping that the cutlet had enough flavor inside that I could coax it out by gently simmering it. I placed a lid on top and waited 10 minutes hoping my hunch was right. When I lifted that the lid, there it was – that wonderful liquid that I wanted. I added a touch of Dijon mustard for a little kick as well as to add some depth. Before the party began, I made Japanese rice. It is just what I like, yet you can make whatever you like. From brown rice to couscous to noodles to stuffing. I also had a little kale saute action happening as I prepared the Gardein.

The entire dish, if planned right work quickly, should only take 30 minutes. If it takes you longer that is okay too. It is not about how fast you can get to the table or in front of the television without a thought of what you just ate. Savory your food, just do not kill  yourself to make it.


Vegan Mofo #25 Smothered Gardein Cutlets

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 cups Japanese rice
  • 1 bunch curly kale, washed, destemed and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, divided
  • 1 package of Gardein Chick 'n Scallopini
  • 2 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Place rice in a saucepan.
  2. Fill with water and swirl water with your hand.
  3. Drain water.
  4. Repeat until water is clear.
  5. For the 1 1/2 cups of rice add 2 cups of water.
  6. Bring to a boil then reduce to low until the liquid is almost gone.
  7. Turn off the burner.
  8. Cover and let rice sit.
  9. Kale
  10. Wash.
  11. Take kale off stems.
  12. Chop.
  13. Take one celery rib and chop.
  14. Add 1 cup water.
  15. Simmer.
  16. Gardein Cutlets
  17. Chop the other celery.
  18. Add to skillet with a little water to saute.
  19. Add the Gardein cutlets until lightly browned.
  20. Add 1 1/2 cups water.
  21. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes on med low.
  22. Uncover.
  23. Whisk in Dijon mustard.
  24. Serve.