There are some purists out there that frown on eating "fake" meat. I am not one of them. I don’t eat a lot of it, but every once in awhile I really enjoy a veggie hot dog or hamburger. This past weekend we went to a charity event that had Yves hot dogs and I must say that they tasted delicious. With the summer BBQ season on the way, these would make a great companion to take along to your next outdoor feast. Just a little warning, you probably won’t be taking any home afterward.
Since the introduction of these fake meats, the vegetarian’s life has gotten much easier, especially in social situations like BBQ’s. Fake meats also help people who want to ‘ween’ themselves off of the real thing and move to a more vegetarian lifestyle without having to give up foods they enjoy. Non-vegetarians benefit from these products by substituting them in many dishes they prepare. Fake meat is generally lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than its meat counterpart. When served in spaghetti sauce, casseroles, stews, tacos, etc, most people would have difficulty telling a difference between it and the real thing.
Veg food manufacturers have nearly perfected the art of feat (fake meat, as I like to call it). The consistency, seasoning and texture of these products are pretty close to the real thing, and they are ever improving. Restaurants are now starting to offer more and more of this food as a substitute for meat in their dishes. Vegetarian specific restaurants drawing in as many non-vegetarians as they do vegetarians by offering a diverse menu, much of which can be based on fake meat.
Here is a list of some of my favorites. Let us know what yours are!
Veggie Burgers - Dr. Praeger’s or TJ brand tofu burgers. These can also be ground up to make a ground beef substitute. (can be found at T.J.’s)
Veggie Sausage- Tofurky (can be found at T.J.’s and most supermarkets)
Veggie Hotdogs- Quorn (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Corn Dogs- Morningstar (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Chicken- Quorn Products (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Chorizo- Soyrizo (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Meatballs- Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs (T.J.’s )
Veggie Ground Beef- Morningstar Farms Crumbles (can be found at most supermarkets)
Veggie Hotdogs- Yves Jumbo Dogs (can be found at most supermarkets)
For more information on this topic, check out this story from the Orlando Sentinel