Try these and enjoy your vegan adventure!

Going vegan doesn’t mean you have to say “goodbye” to traditional meat dishes you loved. It only means that you have to find a replacement for the animal-based food. And that is not a hard work my friends. It can be fun if you stay open minded and include a bit of imagination, creativity and some tips & tricks that already exist.

To be clear, when I talk about substitutes I don’t mean the packaged processed vegan foods you can find in the stores. I mean the plant-based foods you already are familiar with. And there are lots of options that can make your favorite dishes delicious!

Below you can check out 6 plant-based foods that make great substitutes for meat.

Be brave, experiment with these options, find which one tastes better with the dishes you love and enjoy the adventure!

1. Mushrooms


When you want that savory, meaty taste, mushrooms are the way to go. Their flavor is rich, earthy, and meaty, especially cremini or Portobello mushrooms. They are healthy and filling and can replace meat in any recipe.

Enjoy your picnic with this great BBQ mushroom sandwich!

2. Lentils


Lentils have always been a stand-in for meat since the beginning of veganism. Lentils are hearty and can replace ground beef easily. Lentils come in a variety of colors such as green, red, brown, and black. They cook up quickly, are inexpensive, and a small amount goes a long way.

3. Beans and Legumes


Beans and legumes are inexpensive, healthy, filling, and there are so many to choose from: black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, aduki beans, navy beans, chickpeas, split peas, peanuts and black-eyed peas, to name just a few. Beans make hearty soups, stews, and chilis that will taste meaty without the meat.

4. Tofu, Tempeh, TVP and Seitan


You may not think of tofu or tempeh as vegetables, but they are plant-based and made from soybeans. TVP, or texturized vegetable protein, is also made from soy. Seitan is made from wheat gluten. The meat in any recipe can be replaced with one of these plant-based options.

Impress your friends with these vegan BBQ tofu wings or these tempeh vegan meatballs!

5. Nuts


Because of their “meatiness”, nuts are often included in vegan burgers, or vegan “meat” loaf. They are also great for vegan mayos, vegan creams and cheeses! I am sure you will be amazed by this vegan cream cheese!

6. Eggplant


When anyone goes veg, eggplant is probably the first vegetable that comes to mind, but you can do so much more with it than just make parmigiana. Eggplant has a rich, meaty taste and it’s very versatile.

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