Types of Fake Meat and Meat Substitutes: Which is better?

Fake meat or meat substitutes have quickly gained popularity right now. Everyone seems to have an “impossible” meat substitute on their menu right now. So what happens when you want to make this stuff yourself? If you’re trying to cut back on your red meat and want to cook from home, here’s your guide to what to switch it out with:

Tofu
Tofu is a great substitute for meats including pork, chicken, beef, and seafood in recipes. It’s made from soybeans and is high in protein and calcium. Tofu has been a staple of Asian cuisine for ages, but most people think of tofu when they hear the words “vegetarian” and “vegan.”

Eating tofu and other soy foods every day is generally considered safe. That said, you may want to moderate your intake if you have:

Breast tumors: Due to tofu’s weak hormonal effects, some doctors tell women with estrogen-sensitive breast tumors to limit their soy intake.
Thyroid issues: Some professionals also advise individuals with poor thyroid function to avoid tofu due to its goitrogen content.

Tempeh
Tempeh is firmer than tofu and has a more grainy texture. It is made from fermented soybeans and has a nutty flavor. It’s packed with protein as well as fiber, calcium, and vitamins. Tempeh has been known to be a bit bitter tasting, but many overcome it with seasoning or marinades.

(Seitan or Wheat Gluten with Braised Vegetables)

Seitan
Yes, it’s pronounced like Satan, but it’s not of the devil (well, it depends on who you ask, lol). Seitan is processed wheat gluten and it is a great source of protein. Depending on how you flavor it, seitan can be similar to chicken, beef, or pork. Seitan has a dense, chewy texture that can hold up to grilling, frying, braising, or anything else you want to do with it. I’ve had it as a “bbq chicken” and it’s been pretty good.

(texturized vegetable protein)

TVP
TVP or texturized vegetable protein is an inexpensive, easy to use ingredient. It’s dehydrated soy, and once you rehydrate it, you can do just about anything with it. It comes in granules or chunks. You can use it for ground beef dishes, scrambles like breakfast bowls or tacos or meatloaf.

Jackfruit
Jackfruit may be a healthy tropical fruit, but its texture and mild taste make it a wonderful substitute for meat. Other than a slight sweet taste, jackfruit can be…