List of Meat Substitutes
If you have yet to find the perfect meat substitute to compliment your taste palette as well as your lifestyle, you have come to the right place. With popularity growing more and more every day within the vegan and vegetarian communities, the list of meat substitutes is endless. I have composed a more compact list of some of my favorite meat alternatives on the market. Keep reading to check it out!
Vegan Meat Substitutes List
- Black Beans
- Portobello Mushrooms
First on the list is tofu. This meat substitute being one of the most popular on the market comes with a myriad of recipes that are bound to fancy your taste buds. Tofu is essentially processed soybeans packing a great source of protein while keeping a pretty low-carb profile. One of my favorite ways to eat tofu is diced into small cubes and sautéed on the stove top in a savory peanut sauce. Add this to a bed of massaged kale paired with quinoa, red cabbage, pickled beets and avocado and there you have it, a delicious hearty bowl of goodness.
Next up we will be talking about tempeh. With a very similar nutrient content to tofu, tempeh is still quite different. Tempeh is made by the fermentation of soybeans. Once again, high in protein and low in carbs, tempeh is the perfect addition to various dishes. One of my favorite ways to eat tempeh is in a vegan Bolognese. Crumble your tempeh into a pan with some olive oil and let it sizzle. Then add in your favorite tomato sauce, pour onto your favorite noodles and top with some fresh basil. So simple, yet so delicious!
It’s never a bad time to talk about seitan, so let’s get started. Seitan is made up of vital wheat gluten providing us with a meaty texture. If you’re gluten-free, seitan is something you will want to steer clear of. Seitan is often used as a chicken substitute in many dishes. For example, a crispy chicken sandwich or a flavorful chicken stir-fry. You have probably heard of seitan steaks as well. Seitan is very versatile and can take on many flavor profiles.
Black beans are one of my favorite meat substitutes to talk about. When paired with a grain, black beans are a full protein. Their versatility never fails to amaze me. Black beans are legumes and go well in various dishes. Try creating a black bean burrito, a Buddha bowl, or even black bean burgers. I personally love eating black beans because I know exactly what I’m eating and know that this whole food will leave me feeling nourished and energized.
Have you ever tried portobello mushroom bacon? If not, I suggest you get experimenting with this fungi-derived recipe. Portobello mushrooms, when thinly sliced, seasoned well, and baked to perfection, have the ability to take on the role of bacon. I know it may sound crazy, but I promise you it’s amazing. Try topping your non-dairy-based vegan fettuccine alfredo with these savoury bacon-like strips of goodness. I promise you you won’t regret it.
Last up on our list of meat substitutes is a fruit-based vegan phenomenon. Jackfruit! Jackfruit, having a fairly neutral flavor on its own, has the ability to take on many flavors. One of my favorite ways to eat Jackfruit is sauteed in BBQ sauce and placed onto a corn tortilla. Pair this with toppings of your choice and there you have it, the best BBQ Jackfruit tacos you have ever had. If you are trying to cut down on the calories, jackfruit is the perfect substitute for you. Because it is a fruit it is definitely one of the healthier more accommodating meat substitutes.
So There You Have It!
So there you have it, a list of all meat substitute options! As stated, these are just a few of my personal favorites. This list only scratches the surface of all of the options that are out there. However, this list covers a range of alternatives so I recommend giving some of these suggestions a try. There are so many amazing vegan recipes circulating the internet so don’t be intimidated. Going vegan doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your fun foods. Think of it as an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen and a time to explore new things. I wish you the best of luck on working your way through your checklist of meat substitutes!
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