But as a veg for years, shrimp was one of those foods I loved as an omni, but as time went on I became more and more aware of how much I never wanted to have shrimp ever again. Can't really say why (aside from the obvious ethical perspective), other than that the memory of the mouth feel went from agreeable to not. even. close. I guess once you give up shrimp, you never really eat anything that has that texture.
Either way, I saw these and curiosity got the best of me; immediately I was imagining a pasta dish like linguine with garlic & oil. But instead of the typical Italian preparation, I decided to use the rice pasta I'd bought for my GF sister and try pairing that with garlic, ginger, coconut oil, coriander, some sea salt, and fresh cilantro. Now I was really excited to try it.
|Sophie's Kitchen Vegan Prawns w/ coconut oil, ginger, cilantro, coriander, and lime|
But as the package thawed in my refrigerator, I was less convinced that I wanted to make these convincingly shrimp-looking vegan 'prawns'. Upon opening the vacuum-sealed pack I noticed they had the firm but jiggly? texture of shrimp that were maybe overcooked just a tad. I put them up to my nose and thought they smelled....odd. Not overbearingly like anything at all, not fishy, just odd. Nothing a lot of garlic, salt, lime and cilantro couldn't overcome, right? Right. (I wasn't that confidant).
Not wanting them to be a wasted purchase (or me a scaredy cat who won't try new things), I forged ahead. I fired up a skillet, melted about half a tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat, added 2 chopped cloves of garlic and about a tsp of grated ginger, salting them well. I tossed in the 'prawns' and added some dry coriander, flipping after 2-3 minutes. I then added a couple tablespoons of lime juice and cooked for another 2-3 minutes on med heat. I laid them on the plate over my pasta, completely unsure of how this was going to turn out. Once covered in lots of fresh, chopped cilantro I dug in.
|Vegan Prawns, heated, dressed, & ready to eat.|
|Good news, the flavored coconut oil on the pasta was delicious!|