Did you know that vegetarians eat more than just salad?!
I have been a vegetarian for exactly 12 weeks now and I have no desire to go back to eating meat. And no, I do not only eat salads! (But when I do, they are the best damn salads you’d ever taste because they are packed with veggies and nuts! Yummmm!) When I first decided to reduce my meat consumption, I began experimenting with bean-based meals such as black bean and quinoa tacos, veggie hummus (garbanzo beans + sesame seeds) sandwiches, and tofu (soybean) stir fry varieties. Those were the only real vegetarian meals that I had previously cooked and enjoyed. Once I started to get bored of different black bean dishes and stir fry dishes, I knew it was time to experiment with more vegetarian meals before I gave up!
Over the past few months, I have been taste testing various brands of meat substitutes that contain soy and other plant-based proteins. Some are delicious and some I never want to look at again! In case you are considering consuming less meat (as you should be), I wanted to share my top three favorite meat substitutes. All three of these meat substitutes are approved by my non-vegetarian husband! Hopefully, that inspires you to be open-minded and give them a try. 🙂
1. MorningStar Farms Maple Flavored Veggie Sausage
These veggie sausages taste great eaten by themselves! Serve them with any breakfast meal whether it be pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, eggs, toast, etc. I also like to make breakfast sandwiches and wraps out of them too. Make sure you crisp them up real nice and you will be eating the closest tasting breakfast sausage you can find.
2. Beyond Meat Grilled Chicken Free Strips (and Southwest style)
These chicken-free strips have a real, chicken-like texture and taste. They are awesome in stir fry dishes and fajitas! Beyond Meat is a great company because they use all non-GMO ingredients to make their products. Therefore, you have a much healthier, higher quality food item.
3. Beyond Meat Beef-Free Crumble
This beef-free crumble is the perfect meat substitute! It really does “taste, chew, and satisfies like beef – without the bull”. I can actually enjoy eating recipes requiring ground beef now without force feeding myself dead cow… (Extreme? It’s true.) I have used beef-free crumble to make fantastic lasagna and sloppy joes, both husband approved! Tomorrow, I will be using this to make stuffed poblano peppers! Yummmyyyy… Did I mention how much I love food?
P.S. I already emailed MorningStar Farms to ask if and when they would be using non-GMO ingredients in their products. I encourage everyone else to do the same… Vegetarians are typically concerned with their food quality, so why would a company even bother using GMO ingredients?? Am I right or am I right?