“So, what do you eat?!” That’s a common question people who go vegetarian or vegan are hit with on almost a daily basis. Switching to a meatless lifestyle isn’t just about giving up meat and eating only “lettuce and air”. You can still eat the foods you love – you just have to get creative with it! Almost anything can be remixed into a healthier, plant-based version that tastes as good (if not BETTER) than the original when you have the right recipes, spices and imagination. Satisfy your craving for the taste and texture of meat with these vegetable alternatives.
Eggplant isn’t just good for helping you get your Italian fix with eggplant parmigiana. Eggplant’s meaty taste and texture makes it a versatile substitute for burgers, noodles and even fries.
On its own, cauliflower may not have much flavor, but that’s what makes it a perfect meat substitute. With the right cooking method and seasoning, cauliflower can replace chicken in your favorite Asian dishes and other meals.
Try: Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings” (yes, wings!)
If you haven’t had a black bean burger, you really haven’t lived! Beans are an inexpensive and filling staple in the meatless diet. Experiment with black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and even black-eyed peas.
Saute them. Grill them. Bake them. Mushrooms are rich in flavor and can be substituted in almost any meat recipe. Portobello mushrooms are commonly used for burgers.
Lentil soup is delicious, but for something more filling, lentils are a great go-to replacement for ground beef. Lentils are inexpensive and they cook fast. The next time you have “Taco Night,” swap your favorite ground meat with lentils.
Try: Spiced Lentil Tacos
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