If you are thinking about trying JUST Egg but don't want to spend money without knowing anything about it, read my JUST Egg Review to learn everything you could ever need to know about JUST Egg products.
When I first heard about JUST Egg, an egg replacement product, I was skeptical because it's processed. But many people on my Facebook page and blog asked what I thought, but I hadn't tried it, to be honest. So, although I love my chickpea omelet and tofu-based recipes like my vegan breakfast casserole or vegan quiche recipes, I decided to try JUST Egg.
- The Main Ingredients in JUST Egg
- What Do Mung Beans Taste Like?
- The Benefits of Turmeric
- Cost Per Serving
- Product Ingredients
- Nutritional Facts
- Frozen JUST Egg Products
- How to Cook Folded Plant Eggs
- How to Cook Egg Bites
- Suggested Uses
- Other Vegan Egg Replacement Ideas
- What Does JUST Egg Taste Like?
- JUSt Egg Review Recipe Ideas
- The Bottom Line
- Healthy vs. Whole Foods
- Where to Purchase
- 💬 Reviews
Even though I saw JUST Egg in my local grocery store's refrigerator section, I was shocked by its $8.99 price tag. Since then, the price has dropped to a mere $4.99 a bottle, so I decided to try JUST Egg and review it.
The Main Ingredients in JUST Egg
First, the two main ingredients in JUST Egg are mung beans and Tumeric.
Similar to all pulses, mung beans are nutritionally balanced. They contain vitamins, minerals, and beneficial enzymes, making them an excellent part of a healthful diet.
According to a 2014 review, evidence suggests that mung beans may have several potential health benefits, including:
- Antioxidant effects. Research shows that several compounds in mung beans demonstrate antioxidant activity.
- Antifungal and antimicrobial activity. These include some against the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.
- Anti-inflammatory activity. Test tube studies suggest that mung bean improves inflammatory conditions and symptoms, such as allergies.
- Diabetes. Studies in rats suggest mung bean extracts may help lower blood glucose levels.
- Hypertension. Studies in rats suggest sprout extracts may help lower blood pressure.
- Cancer. Test tube studies suggest that compounds in mung beans may have antitumor properties.
However, further studies in humans are needed for scientists to confirm and better understand these properties.
What Do Mung Beans Taste Like?
For instance, mung beans can be eaten as a sprout or raw. But they are also sold dried as well. When eaten naturally, mung beans have a crisp and clean taste, similar to edamame. However, when cooked, mung beans taste hearty like lima beans. Because they absorb flavors well, mung beans can be savory or sweet, depending on how prepared.
The Benefits of Turmeric
Another healthy ingredient in JUST Egg is Tumeric. According to Healthline, Turmeric has several potential health benefits:
- Bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties
- Natural anti-inflammatory compound
- Increases antioxidant capacity of the body
- Boosts brain function and lowers the risk of damage to the brain
- Reduce risk of heart disease
- Prevent and possibly treat cancer
- It helps to prevent and treat Alzheimer's Disease.
- Decreases inflammation in arthritis patients
- Healthful benefits against depression
- May delay aging
Cost Per Serving
JUST Egg's serving is 3 Tablespoons, so it isn't costly as an egg replacer for baking. For instance, 1 fluid ounce is equivalent to 2 Tablespoons. If you plan to make a vegan omelet, though. which requires ½ cup, or ⅓ of the container, it's a pretty pricy omelet.
JUST Egg's motto is "Our ingredients are JUST." Even though I eat some processed foods, I am apprehensive about ingredients I can't pronounce or don't know what they are. So, let's look at the ingredients a little closer.
Ingredients: Water, Mung Bean Protein Isolate, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Contains less than 2% of Dehydrated Onion, Gellan Gum, Natural Carrot Extractives (color), Natural Flavors, Natural Turmeric Extractives (color), Potassium Citrate, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Transglutaminase, Nisin (preservative),(Contains soy).
- Mung Bean Protein Isolate: The mung bean protein was removed using water.
- Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil: the canola plant seed is expressed with a machine to remove its oil.
- Gellan Gum: a vegan gelatin-type substance like agar-agar used for thickening and binding.
- Potassium Citrate: used to regulate acidity in foods but is also used medicinally as a kidney and urinary supplement.
- Soy Lecithin is used as an emulsifier to make oil and water mix well; it is extracted from soybeans.
- Tapioca Syrup: commonly used as an alternative sweetener to sugar, molasses, honey, and especially corn syrup and other glucose syrups.
- Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate: This one is a red flag food additive with no nutritional benefit. It's cut into pet food, used in processed foods like chicken nuggets, and is also used to remove metal. It is vegan, though.
- Transglutaminase: Vegan and a food additive, which is used as a binding agent in tofu, eggs, and cheese when cooking.
- Nisin: Nisin is an antibacterial preservative that keeps it from going wrong in the refrigerator.
Again, I'm not judging, but knowing what we eat is essential. With that being said, you decide. I know many people eat whole foods only. Is this real food? Nope, but it depends on your dietary goals and the plant-based diet you choose to follow.
Frozen JUST Egg Products
Folded Plant Eggs
If you don't like the bottled version of JUST Egg and prefer it already cooked for you, this frozen version is readily available in the freezer section. Instead of making an omelet or using JUST Egg for baking, this version is perfect for a vegan breakfast sandwich.
With a slightly different food label, this folded cooked JUST Egg product has 100 calories, a little more than the liquid recommended serving size of 70 calories.
As indicated on the package, each box contains 4 individually packaged cooked, folded egg products.
So, if you want to make a quick and easy breakfast sandwich, this is a great option.
How to Cook Folded Plant Eggs
Since this was my first time trying the frozen JUST Egg product, I chose the chef's choice for cooking in a toaster.
- Place Just Egg in a standard toaster (like the kind you use for sliced toast) and heat on high for 6 ½ minutes. I assumed this meant on the highest setting.
- My toaster popped up twice during that time, so I kept pushing it down until 6 ½ minutes had elapsed.
- Warm a bit of oil (I'd skip that part) in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook Just Egg for 5 minutes, and flip halfway through.
- In my experience, it was more like 5 minutes on each side on a medium-lo, or it was still cold inside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wrap Just Egg in foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- This worked, but the toaster method was way quicker with fewer steps.
- Wrap Just Egg in a paper towel, place on a microwave-safe plate, and heat on high for 1 ½ minutes.
- My microwave took 2 ½ minutes to heat through on high.
On a side note, I tried allowing it to thaw first, to see what would happen. Unfortunately, the product became soggy and spongy and cooked differently than directly from the frozen box.
Frozen Just Egg Sandwich Recipe
- Toast a vegan English muffin
- Toast folded, frozen Just Egg for 6 ½ minutes on high in the toaster.
- Sprinkle cooked Just Egg with Trader Joe's Everything Seasoning
- Add vegan cheese, sliced tomato, onion, and avocado.
- Served with Vegan Breakfast Potatoes.
New Frozen JUST Egg Bites
JUST Egg Bites come in two different flavors; American style and Mexican Style.
The American style contains JUST Egg, roasted potato, dill, chives, red bell pepper, and black pepper to spice up any breakfast or meal!
However, the Mexican style has JUST Egg, roasted poblanos, ancho chile powder, black beans, corn, and lime to spice up your morning.
How to Cook Egg Bites
This Just Egg product provides three cooking options; a conventional oven, microwave, or toaster oven.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Unwrap the frozen bite and place it on a lined sheet tray.
- Bake uncovered for 22-24 minutes.
- Cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Microwave them for 30 seconds when ready to eat.
- If you have a little extra time, you can also reheat for 2 minutes in a toaster oven (for a crisper texture)
Based on how expensive it is, I think JUST Egg is best used when you need an egg replacement for baking. But, if you want it for eating breakfast or making something that tastes and looks like an egg, you could make:
- Vegan omelet
- Vegan crepes
- Breakfast scrambles
- French toast
- Breakfast Tacos
- Latkas (Potato pancakes)
Other Vegan Egg Replacement Ideas
- Ener-G Egg Replacer: This egg replacer is made from tapioca starch and potatoes. Ener-G is a dried substance that is mixed with water. Although Ener-G Egg Replacer is $12 for a 16-ounce box for 113 servings
- Bob Mill's Egg Replacer is also in powder form for $3.57 for a 12-ounce bag with 34 servings per bag.
- Flaxseed is also a great egg replacement binder, but it has a nutty flavor, so I only use it for baked goods or pancakes.
- Unsweetened applesauce: ¼ cup equals 1 egg. Again, I use this in baked goods.
- Silken tofu: ¼ cup of silken tofu is equivalent to 1 egg. You can also make an omelet from silken tofu.
- Ripe banana: ½ mashed banana is equivalent to 1 egg. Since bananas are sweet, I suggest using them in baked goods rather than savory foods.
- Mashed avocado: 2 Tablespoons mashed avocado is equivalent to 1 egg or 1 Tablespoon of butter in recipes.
What Does JUST Egg Taste Like?
Since I paid $ 4.99 for my JUST egg bottle and decided to be the guinea pig, let me show you what I made and tell you what I think.
First, JUST Egg looks like a scrambled egg, its texture and consistency, and it even looks like a scrambled egg. What does it smell like? Nothing much! It smells like nothing, but when it cooks, it smells like an egg, no pun intended. Even though JUST Egg contains oil, I used my nonstick pan, so I don't know if it needs any additional oil if cooking in a regular skillet.
Of course, the most crucial part is the taste. Before going plant-based, l didn't like eggs, but I know what they taste. So, my husband became my test kitchen guinea pig. According to my husband, it tastes just like an egg. So, even though I am not an egg fan, I took a bite, and he was right; the taste, smell, and texture are very similar to an egg. I'm not too fond of it, but he LOVED it.
JUSt Egg Review Recipe Ideas
Next, I made a few different recipes to gauge its cooks under other circumstances since I bought a bottle.
Breakfast Sandwich Ingredients
- 6 Tablespoons Just Egg
- 1 Vegan everything bagel
- 2 slices tomato
- 1 piece of American Follow Your Heart Cheese
- ½ white onion, sauteed in a skillet
- Use a quality nonstick pan ( I used a small Green Omelte pan) and heat it to medium-low
- Pour 6 Tablespoons into the pan.
- Cook on medium-low until one side is browned
- Flip the Just Egg over and brown on the other side
- Toast bagel
- I had leftover sauteed onions I heated in the microwave.
- Add the Just Egg to the bottom of the bagel.
- Add sauteed onions, and tomato slices, and top with vegan cheese (option)
- Place in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the Follow Your Heart Cheese.
- Top with the other side of the toasted bagel.
- ½ cup JUST Egg (per omelet)
- ¼ teaspoon oat flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup mushrooms
- ¼ white onion
- 5 grape tomatoes, sliced
- Any vegetables you like in your omelet)
- Vegan cheese (optional)
- Whisk the JUST egg, flour, and baking powder together.
- Saute onions and mushrooms until translucent and browned
- Add vegetables to ½ cup JUST Egg
- Use a quality nonstick pan ( I used a small Green Omelte pan) and heat it to medium-low
- Pour JUST Egg with sauteed vegetables into the heated pan
- Cook on medium-low until brown on one side.
- Flip the omelet over.
- Add sliced tomatoes and add vegan cheese if used.
- Fold one side of the omelet over to melt the cheese.
- Serve with breakfast potatoes, toast, and fruit.
The Bottom Line
Since I am not a real egg fan, I don't care for JUST Egg, but with that being said, everyone in my house LOVED it. It is a lot like any alternative meat products that taste like meat. So although I may not love fake meat, I understand why people do.
The frozen folded plant eggs were much easier to cook and tasted much better than the liquid version.
One downfall of JUST Egg liquid is that it has a minimal refrigerator life once opened. So be sure to check the expiration BEFORE you buy it since it doesn't last as long as you may think.
The frozen pre-cooked version, on the other hand, lasts 6 months frozen.
That said, if you plan to use JUST Egg as a quick breakfast, the frozen version is the way to go. Literally, in under 10 minutes, the breakfast sandwich with the folded plant egg product was plated and ready to eat.
Healthy vs. Whole Foods
For people who want a product that is healthier than eating eggs, JUST Egg is for you! People trying to eat better and transition to a vegan diet will love this product. People who follow a plant-based diet for environmental reasons or animals instead of health reasons are excellent products for a quick breakfast or bake.
If you are following a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet, JUST Egg is not a whole food. Not only does it contain oil, but it also has a few 'red flag' ingredients I choose not to eat.
If it looks like an egg and tastes like an egg, I'd say it's JUST Egg. I hope you enjoyed the Just Egg review: share it with your friends.
Where to Purchase
If you want to buy JUST Egg, Thrive Market has a great price. But you can find JUST Egg at any grocery store as well.
Check out these great vegan breakfast recipes if you love healthy vegan breakfasts!
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Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂