Thanks to my brother for letting me know about this article from USA Today on veggie-friendly swap outs for meats
Not your hippie friend’s meat substitute
Not too long ago vegan friendly substitutes for meat were like eating cardboard. Not to mention they were highly processed and contained a lot of chemicals. Not so much today. There are quite a few products that are very good and can even stand on their own without being called a “substitute”.
Cutting down on meat?
If you aren’t, you really should be. I have been on a vegan experiment for the last 6 months or so with interesting results. That is a story for another day, but suffice it to say if you are pushing 60 as I am or even 45 for that matter, it’s time to consider your long term diet, in order to have a “long term” at all. I’m not saying to stop meat completely, in fact I’ve started back on a limited protein serving a couple of times per week. I’ll explain that another time.
The products and the companies producing them that I’m going to list below are a great way to expand your eating options and improve your health at the same. Back off on the red, white and fowl meats. Don’t stop by any means, but just imagine how much better they’ll taste when you aren’t eating them as often.
Veggie Patch Products – This is a large line of veggie and meatless products that might interest even the pickiest carnivore. No artificial flavors, preservative and no trans fat. These products include Meatless meatballs, chick’n Nuggets and Ultimate Meatless Burgers and many more. Click on the link to find who carries them in your area.
Trader Joe’s Meatless Corn Dogs and Morningstar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs – If you or your kids like corn dogs, try one of these substitutes and see if any one even can tell the difference. Trader Joe provide excellent products throughout their store and Morningstar is a leader in the vegan market.
Quorn – While I’m not personally familiar with this brand, it is highly recommended. Click on the link and check out the products for yourself. They have meat and meatless products.
Turtle Island Foods – I recently had my first Tempeh…. wait for it… wait for it… and I loved it. Great texture, good flavor and cooks well with out falling apart. Turtle Island carried Tofurky, tofurky pizza, tempeh and tempeh bacon. I can’t yet vouch for all of these products, but the tempeh is great.
Gardein Seven – the article says about Gardein
“Gardein’s ad campaign advises consumers to “cheat on meat,” and their products make it easy to do just that. To boot, these breaded tenders contain heart healthy grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth and Kamut and have 8 grams of protein per serving”
I have concluded for myself that I am cutting down on meat and I will eat more of the products I’ve list above. I recommend you come to the same conclusion, as I need to keep all the readers I have. – jughandle