Where’s the Meat?

Has anyone ever wanted to try swapping a meat-based alternative for lunch or dinner, but is a little nervous? That is okay! Knowing the difference between a meat substitute, such as tofu or soy protein and plant-based meat alternatives are crucial. Plant alternatives have become more common on grocery store shelves and often do not resemble meat, while tofu and soy do. As they are more widely available consider adding them to weekly meals. Read on to learn more about meal ideas and meatless options.

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Often these plant-based “meats” are made of familiar ingredients such as:
  • Cauliflower
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms

Try making a meatless burger by combining vegetables everyone enjoys with black beans and rice. This lentil burger from Celebrate Your Plate is easy and full of simple ingredients. There are also recipes for cauliflower buffalo wings and black bean brownies on the same site.

Read the labels on meatless products carefully. Meatless products are often higher in fiber, calcium, and iron compared to traditional meat. Trying a variety of brands and products may help you find a meat substitute you enjoy. Brands will have different tastes and textures.

Don’t forget other meatless options:
  • Eggs
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Nut butter
  • Cottage cheese
  • Edamame,
  • Noodles made from legume flour

Start with recipes the family likes and consider small swaps. Try lentils instead of meat in chili.  A meatless crumble that resembles the look and feel of ground beef could be used in a taco recipe. Trying a new substitute for a familiar food may help make the transition to meatless alternatives easier.

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