If you’re new to cooking vegetarian food, chances are you’ve stood in the freezer section at the grocery store, gaping at the Fake Chicken, Fake Bacon, Fake Steak Strips, Fake Ground Beef, and lord knows what else. There are enough choices these days to make your head spin. Some of them are worth your money. A lot are not. Here’s the scoop. Thanks to my friends & family for their help putting together this post!
1) None of these products paid me to include them in this list.
2) While I am not a huge supporter of eating fake anything, I do think having a few of these on hand is a big help. Some days, I just don’t feel like making black bean patties from scratch, and neither will you. Be realistic. Buy one or two of these the next time you’re at the grocery store, and cook with them on one of those crazy weeknights. It’s all about balance and moderation.
Five Fake Meats Worth Your Money
I go for the sausage crumbles, and add them to scrambled eggs. Freakin’ good. My friends suggested the links and the patties, too.
Also known as Mock Duck. This stuff is mad good. Way better than tofu. It has a chewy texture and really soaks up whatever sauce or spice you cook it in. You can buy it in a package like the one pictured above, or if you're extra adventurous, buy it in a can. You'll find the canned mock duck (it's still good, I promise!) in the Asian section of your grocery store, or at an Asian grocery store. It's usually cheaper than the packaged stuff. Try it in a Thai-style vegetable coconut curry.
I tried to pick just one, but all of these are delicious. I love adding the tenders to stir fry or making fajitas with them. The cutlets are awesome as a chicken breast substitute in pretty much anything. The chicken nuggets are addicting as all get-out, especially with buffalo sauce.
Add to pasta sauce, voila. Dinner. Also great for tacos, lasagna, chili, or any time you want the texture of ground beef.
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