Vegan Meat Replacements for Your Daily Recipes.If you are considering switching from a meat based diet to a vegan lifestyle, you may be wondering how you will get the vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fatty acids, and that full satisfied feeling once you stop eating meat and meat by products.

The simple truth is that if you eat a well balanced diet that contains all 7 colors of fruits and vegetables, as well as enjoying some healthy nuts and grains, you will probably be giving your body all the vitamins and minerals it’s needs without all that saturated fat, or pain and anguish to the animals that are a source of your meat.

Here are a few awesome substitutes for meat that you might enjoy!

 

Tofu

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Though it may be the butt of many jokes by meat eaters tofu has proven itself to be a tasty and satisfying substitute for meat when prepared correctly. Tofu can be grilled, baked, and put in shish ka bobs, as well as used in dishes requiring a puree or meat sauce. Marinating Tofu prior to cooking will allow it to absorb flavors.There are two types of tofu, fresh water packed tofu is great for grilling and baking and silken tofu is perfect for pureeing.

 

Tempeh

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Tempeh is made from whole fermented soybeans. In many cases you can purchase Tempeh in patty form that is vacuumed sealed and pre-packaged. When purchased in this form Tempeh doesn’t have to be pre-cooked, but some experts suggest pre-cooking it anyway to remove a bit of the bitter taste. Tempeh can replace meats in a number of different recipes including sauces, patties, and sloppy joes.

 

Seitan

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Seitan also know as wheat gluten is powered wheat flour that that is mixed with water, seasoned, pulled, and stretched. It has been described as looking a bit like duck and tasting a bit like chicken. It is often substituted for poultry dishes, even to the extent of being formed into the shape of turkey.

 

Grains and Legumes

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Beans, Peas, Rice, Lentils and other grains and legumes are protein rich and have many of the vitamins and minerals that you can find in some meat sources. There are a whole lot of filling dishes that can be made from grains and legumes, some great seasonings, and vegetables and vegetable based sauces.

 

Mushrooms

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Mushrooms have the type of meaty bite to them, that will satisfying those looking for that meat type texture. Best of all there are many of different varieties of mushrooms so you can add them to almost every type of dish you prepare. Portobello mushrooms are a perfect substitute for steak or even a burger when properly seasoned and grilled.

 

Eggplant

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Eggplant is a vegetable that can also make suitable vegan meat replacement. It works great in a variety of Italian dishes and sauces and is very filling! Eggplant is one meat replacement that is hard not to love! If you enjoy eggplant checkout our delicious vegan eggplant parmigiana.

There are plenty of vegan meat replacements to be enjoyed by anyone swearing off meat. These substitutes will leave you feeling the same satisfaction as though you have actually eaten meat.