Top Meat Substitutes For Vegans (Pt II)
Here is the second part of the top meat substitutes for vegans. These will give you your protein requirements as well as if you miss the taste of meat.
Textured Vegetable Protein
This is a very cheap ingredient that you can use in virtually any dish you want. This is made of dehydrated soy and you simply need to rehydrate it if you need to cook it. You can buy it in chunks or in granules and it is so versatile so you can cook it into anything you want. This is perfect as ground beef substitute as well as for making burgers.
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit but it is a surprisingly delicious meat substitute. It has that unique texture that you might relate often to meat. If you want it to become chewier like meat, simply roast it in the oven for a few more minutes. It is slightly sweet due to the fact that it is a fruit but you can use that as a baseline for whatever flavor you want this to be. You can use it to make pulled pork dishes or even barbeque.
Mushrooms have a distinct flavor that make them great meat substitute candidates. They have such a rich and very earthy flavor that you should definitely try. Go for cremini or portobello mushrooms because of their distinct flavors. They make you feel full for a longer period of time and they are surprisingly receptive to flavors and seasonings. You can use this for practically any dish you want.
Lentils are one of the original meat substitutes since time immemorial. They are hearty and they are the perfect replacement for ground beef. These come in plenty of vibrant colors like brown, black, red, and green. These are cheap which is perfect if you are cooking on a budget. They are also very easy to cook as they are receptive to heat, flavors, and other cooking techniques. This is surely a must-have in your kitchen cupboard if you are a vegan.
Beans and Legumes
These are classic stand-ins for meat. They have always been an integral part of the vegan diet because they are so rich in protein and they compensate for what some vegans lack. These are so cheap and easily accessible. You can find canned versions in virtually any grocery store and the beans even come in endless options so that you can pick the best one that will suit your dish.