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The popularity of meat alternatives is growing: A new survey found that 51 percent of consumers believe meat alternatives are healthier than real meat, 31 percent are trying to reduce meat consumption, and 31 percent say they enjoy the taste of meat alternatives. Numerous options can be found at most grocery stores.
Seitan is a fat-free, high-protein meat alternative that is made from wheat. It has an amazing ability to mimic meat in taste and texture, and can be found in natural food stores and many large grocery stores. Try seitan in this hearty Mushroom Stroganoff with Fettuccine recipe.
Texturized vegetable protein (TVP) is another plant-based alternative for meat-free cooking. This product is simply defatted soy flour and has a high-protein, low-fat content, and absorbs whatever flavors it is cooked with. Some great recipes for TVP are Quick Chili, Tacos, and Meat-less Meatballs.
Tempeh is another high-protein alternative to meat that has great texture and taste and is very versatile. Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and originated in Indonesia before traveling to the United States in the 1940s. It can be used on a Tempeh Salad Sandwich, in a Sweet-and-Sour Tempeh Stir-Fry, or as Facon Bacon for breakfast!
There are many different brands that offer easy meatless options, including Boca Burgers, Gardein, Beyond Meat, Morning Star Farms, and Lightlife. Try to use these types of products as a side dish and let your whole foods (vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits) be the main component of your plate. When you try a new product, be sure to read the ingredients carefully—products that are vegetarian may contain eggs or dairy, and therefore are not a vegan alternative.