BRANDS OF MOCK MEAT THAT TASTE BETTER THAN ANIMAL MEAT
Chinese recipes for meat replacements have been passed down for centuries since the earliest days of vegetarian monks. Today, mock meats have evolved so that the flavor satisfies everyone. Choosing mock meat is kind to animals and its production process is usually less harmful to the environment. Mock meat is healthier for you because it’s cholesterol-free.
Mock meat options are convenient, especially for newbies making the transition to an all-vegan menu. It’s likely over time that you’ll eat little or no mock meat. You will enjoy and prefer vegan foods in their natural state. The more you eat raw whole plants, the more you’ll crave fresh food from the garden.
Check out the photo and ingredients list of the handmade Celebration Roast. Stuffed with vegan sausage, butternut squash, apples, and mushrooms. A holiday favorite. Available in food co-ops, some supermarkets, and online.
Match Mock Meats
Even crab cakes—but without PCBs, dioxin, or mercury.
“Calamari,” shrimp, and fish.
This company sometimes uses the words “vegetarian” and “vegan” interchangeably. There are items that contain whey so check the labels.
May Wah offers the tastiest Chinese restaurant-style mock meat options Vegan Grub has found in the U.S. Here’s a photo so you know what to look for in the freezer aisle of your neighborhood Asian market. Yes, it’s actually vegan. Stir-fry it in just minutes. Excellent for non-vegan dinner guests, too.
CLASSIC MOCK MEAT CHOICES
Field Roast Sausages
Treat yourself, baby. Try the Mexican Chipotle flavor.
Tofurky Beer Brats, Italian Sausage, & Kielbasa
These are good when you can’t find Field Roast sausages.
Hickory Smoked Tofurky Deli Slices
These are better than the deli slices by Field Roast and less expensive.
Nate’s Zesty Italian Meatless Meatballs
Crumble these up to make pizza topping, too.
VEGAN BUFFALO WINGS, BBQ SKEWERS, CRISPY TENDERS, AND MANY OTHER PLANT-BASED CHOICES RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER IN YOUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET
Fresh Gardein and Frozen Gardein
Some taste better when you punch them up with your own blend of spices and sauces. Experiment until you create the flavors you enjoy. Keep garlic powder, fresh organic bulbs of garlic, and soy sauce handy in the kitchen.
HAVING OPTIONS IS THE WAY TO HAPPINESS
Every year there are new mock meats to discover in your local food co-ops and supermarkets. Ask the manager to stock new vegan mock meats you didn’t find in the freezer case.
Want a healthier, less processed alternative to store-bought mock meats? Check out the following deeply satisfying recipe. And browse vegan cookbooks at libraries and bookstores.
HEARTY BEAN BURGERS
by Vegan Grub
Makes about 4 burgers.
1 cup cooked kidney beans
about 2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce*
¼ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp garam masala
½ cup rolled oats (not instant)
California Olive Ranch extra virgin olive oil, for skillet*
several red onion slices for topping
Drain and mash kidney beans.
Blend in soy sauce, garlic powder, and garam masala (available at Indian grocery stores).
Chill 20 minutes in fridge to firm up, unless beans were stored in fridge and pre-chilled.
Pan-fry in generously oiled skillet.
Brown both sides.
Top with raw or stir-fried onions.
Serve on artisan bread smothered with Vegenaise mayo and Dijon mustard or other condiments. If you’re one of those folks who thinks cayenne hot sauce should be spattered on everything, you’re right and this is no exception.
Invent dozens of new variations, such as adding 1 tablespoon of barbecue sauce or a half cup of chopped baby portobello mushrooms to the bean mixture. Portobellos provide a deep, rich flavor. By using kidney beans and rolled oats as the basic foundation for homemade burgers, the possibilities are endless.
*These brands seem to taste much better than others.
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