As we struggle to improve our health and save money – and the environment – cutting down on our meat consumption has become an important part of our lives. But, you don’t have to give up the taste or even the texture of meat when there are meatless meats available that might fool even the most avid carnivore.
Morningstar Farms products such as Breakfast Strips (bacon substitute) and Chik’N Nuggets are popular supermarket staples for vegetarians and those of us who practice the Meatless Mondays concept. These meatless items contain no fat or cholesterol and are usually lower in calories than their real meat counterparts.
Also from Morningstar Farms, Beef Crumbles (made from soy) can be used as a ground beef substitute for soups, tacos, chili, spaghetti sauces and just about anything else you’d use in a recipe calling for ground beef. You can keep these items frozen until ready to use – and they require much less cooking time than meat.
There are other brands and types of meat substitutes that can be found online or in specialty markets or health food stores. Manufacturers of these meat substitutes and health food items are constantly trying new techniques to mimic the taste and texture of real meat while giving the consumer a healthy alternative to meat.
Experimenting with meatless meats can be a culinary adventure and can help those meat cravings by providing a healthy and tasty substitute. Recipes for meat substitutes can be found online along with suggestions and information about brands you might want to try.