3 DEEELISH Meat Sub(stitute)s!

September 29, 2014

3 DEEELISH Meat Sub(stitute)s!

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I heard it a million times during the three years I was a vegetarian:

“I could never do that. I love bacon/steak/chicken fingers too much.”

I was there too.

While I was never a huge red meat person, chicken was a major part of my diet before I took the plunge.

If you’re thinking about going veggie but doubt your willpower – or if you’d just like to incorporate a few meatless meals into each week for health or budgetary reasons...

I personally recommend (with zilch paid advertising) sampling some of the large variety of products from my favorite meatless brand, Morningstar Farms.

Careful as there are a lot of uber gross imitation meats on the market, so take heed!

Here are some of my favorites:

Chik Patties/Chik’n Nuggets

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I feel like I should designate these the official sponsor of my vegetarianism because truly I wouldn’t have made it without them.

They taste almost exactly like chicken patties or chicken nuggets but with:

• less than half the fat and
• zero cholesterol.

They’re so good and, unlike other veggie products, you don’t have to drown them in sauce to mask the taste, but they’re also excellent on top of a Caesar Salad or in Chicken Parmesan. And the nuggets are naturally a kid-pleaser.

Beef Crumbles

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While the taste isn’t a perfect match to beef, the texture is very close, and sometimes I’ve found that’s really what matters most when it comes to:

• chili,
• Bolognese sauce, or
• even tacos.

The difference is barely noticeable, and with 75% less fat than beef, you can give yourself a pat on the back. For the best flavor, I recommend enhancing with onions, garlic, salt and pepper, as you might with regular beef.

Note: I wouldn’t use this for hamburgers. Aside from the fact that the taste difference is more obvious when there’s no sauce, it mostly likely wouldn’t adhere together well due to the low fat content.

Bacon Strips

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Okay, nothing’s like the real thing, but when you just need a little bit of that smoky bacon taste in your salad or soup or omelet, these are perfectly serviceable.

The company has also come out with some ready-made meal products, like

• breakfast sandwiches and
• pizzas.

Which brands of veggie products do you like? 

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