How Does This Trendy Plant-Based Egg Compare to the Real Thing?

The popular plant-based alternative egg is now available in Canada.

Canadian vegans and plant-based food enthusiasts rejoice: JUST Egg is now available in a number of Canadian supermarkets like Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys, Walmart and Wholefoods.

The new-to-Canada product, JUST Egg Folded, is a frozen, toaster-ready “egg” that reminds me of a basic egg omelette you’d make for a breakfast sandwich. While the company has other plant-based egg products (like their liquid egg), for now, Folded is the only JUST product available north of the border.

According to a press release, JUST Egg Folded is cholesterol-free and has 13 grams of protein per serving. It’s also non-GMO, dairy-free and has no artificial flavours. And, despite its name, its main ingredient is mung beans, the same legume that’s used in other popular faux meat products like Beyond Burgers.

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Just Egg PackagingCourtesy of Eat Just

But how does it taste? At first, I was a little put-off. When you open up the packaging, the product is frozen solid and looks just like a yellow dish sponge. But, once I popped it in my toaster oven for about 10 – 12 minutes, the product became soft and pillowy. I tried it naked and found that it didn’t have a super eggy taste (mostly, it reminded me of Beyond Meat because it had that same mung bean aftertaste), but I loved the texture. It really did feel like an omelette.

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A selling point for this plant egg is that it’s super easy to prepare and that you can substitute it in a number of recipes. You can pan fry it, bake it in the oven, or even just pop it into your stand-up toaster. I added it to two of my meals and tried preparing it two different ways. First, I added a toaster oven-prepped “egg” to a bagel sandwich with hot sauce, avocado, tomato and pickled red onions. I didn’t notice a huge difference between this sandwich and what I usually make with a normal egg. In fact, I appreciated how the plant egg stayed together in one mass (usually, my scrambled egg falls apart as I eat the sandwich).

Later, I sliced the plant egg into strips, pan fried it, and added it to my stir-fried Udon noodles with green onion and soy sauce. Again, I didn’t get the egg flavour, but I liked how quickly it cooked in the pan. Plus, I found that the plant egg slices soaked up all the seasoning, so they turned out really tasty. It was a quick and easy way for me to add some protein into an otherwise carbs-only affair.

While I am going to continue buying normal eggs (I just can’t do without a runny egg yolk!), I’m definitely planning on keeping a pack of JUST Egg Folded on hand to speed up my sandwich process (especially in the mornings when I don’t really have time to fry up an egg and clean the pan before starting my day). And, if you’re a vegan or someone looking to incorporate more plant-based protein in your life, JUST Egg Folded is a great alternative for any dish that calls for a fried egg.

JUST Egg Folded, $7.99.

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