Many people have this misconception that if you decide to go vegan you’re giving up your favorite foods, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now, the health benefits of eliminating meat, dairy, processed foods and sugar are almost unlimited, not to mention the mental clarity that comes with changing your diet. Did you know there are numerous substitutes to the foods that toxify our bodies and bring us illnesses? Eye always tell people that going vegan doesn’t mean you lose the joy of eating foods you like, it just means you have to prepare it a little differently. So here are a few options Eye found in a vegan cookbook by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, for substituting meats for a healthier beginning.
Gardein Chick’n Scallopini: Cook and slice onto salad, shred for tacos, or serve beside a pile of fluffy mashed potatoes.
Maitake Mushrooms: Also called “Hen of the Woods”, these ‘shrooms lend a chicken-like texture to enchiladas and veggie stir-fries.
Beyond Meat Crumbles: Browning these chewy crumbles with onion and Mexican spices makes the perfect base for tacos.
Lentils: The humble lentil, when cooked, is a dead ringer for ground beef in Bolognese sauce or Sloppy Joes.
Tofurky Italian Sausage: Sliced thinly, it’s pepperoni for your pizza. Straight of the grill and onto a bun, they trump any meat based burger.
Nuts & ‘Shrooms: For a heart sausage flavor and toothsome texture, you can try the combination of mushrooms and walnuts.
Lightlife Tempeh Bacon: Sizzle a few slices and sandwich between layers of juice tomato and crisp lettuce and you’ve got an even better BTL!
Carrots: Yup! Carrots! A great alternative for breakfast when throwing some long, thin strips of seasoned carrots in a sizzling pan for pig-free bacon!
Field Roast Celebration Loaf: This stuffed when-gluten loaf will remind you of Sunday mornings at your Grandma’s house.
Jackfruit: Season canned young jackfruit with a tomato-y barbecue sauce, and you’ve got pulled-pork sandwiches!
Gardein Fish Filet: Wouldn’t you love to get the fish-stick flavor without the fins and the scales? Now you can, and it taste even better than the frozen fish fingers from childhood.
Tempeh: A bit of mayo and chopped up onions transforms steamed tempeh into a tuna salad facsimile that is amazing heaped on toasted bread.
These are just a few different recipes and alternatives for those wanting to change their diets but not sure they can go without the taste of meat, and Eye hope they help those just embarking on their health journey. Also make sure to check out the vegan cookbook by Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, Eye Am grateful to share their recipes with you!
LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA