Are you all set to go on a vegan diet? Then it’s a great time to take a decision. Eating vegan can be delicious and enjoyable. Even meat lovers can satiate their taste buds with different varieties of vegan meats available in the market. These plant-based meat options can take you by surprise. You may even wonder which ones should be on your shopping list. There are many vegan meat recipes that you can try making in your kitchen.
We have taken your guesswork away by giving you a list of vegan meat alternatives that you may use to savor your favorite vegan meat recipes. Now there is no excuse to keep eating animals. Here is your go-to vegan meat guide. Check out some easy vegan meat recipes and try them ASAP.
What Is Vegan Meat Made Of?
The meatless meats are plant-based proteins – legumes, soy, fungi – processed to have texture and flavor similar to animal flesh. Vegan meats are low sources of fat and salt, and they are abundant in fiber and protein content. These do become eco-friendly dining options without compromising on your love for eating animal products. Vegan meat recipes are a delight to try.
Do check the nutrition labels before you purchase any product from the stores.
Vegan Meat Substitutes
Tofu is an excellent meat substitute for vegans. When you exclude beef, pork, chicken, and fish from your diet tofu is an excellent source of proteins. It makes a staple food for vegans and its all you think while you are transitioning to a plant-based diet. Tofu is made from soybeans and is an abundant source of calcium and proteins.
Like paneer, tofu also gets a bad reputation of having a bland taste and spongy texture. But this shouldn’t stop you from having tofu. Buy extra-firm tofu from the market and press it. Marinade it with flavors you like and enjoy.
Tempeh is also a soy product but has a little more grainy texture as compared to tofu. Fermenting soybeans into balls make it. Tempeh has the goodness of protein and fiber. It is also abundant in calcium and vitamins. Tempeh has a subtle nutty flavor that you will love eating.
One advantage of tempeh over tofu is that you don’t need to press it, unlike tofu. Just grind it, slice it or dice it for your mouth-watering vegan recipes. Its texture is perfect for emulating fish and ground beef in many non-veg dishes.
You all know jackfruit to be a delicious tropical fruit with tons of health benefits. But, its mild taste and chewy texture make it an excellent alternative for meat in a vegan diet. Jackfruit has a slightly sweet taste like that of a pineapple.
Other than that it is a blank canvas which can be flavored the way you want. Roast the fruit in a preheated oven for around 15 minutes to get a chewier texture. BBQ jackfruit is a tasty vegan meat recipe you must try.
4. Textured Vegetable Protein
The texturized vegetable protein (TVP) is dehydrated soy. It is an inexpensive vegan meat alternative that you can include in your diet. It has a very subtle taste of its own so that you can experiment with flavors and spices with soy chunks and granules.
This vegetable protein can be used to replace ground beef dishes or make burger patties or cutlets.
Mushrooms are also delicious, and you can easily add flavor to its bland taste. When you want a savory meat tasting dish, you must include mushrooms to your recipe. There are a variety of edible mushrooms available to suit various dishes.
Buy some from the supermarket and keep them handy. Umami, portobello, and cremini mushrooms have a rich earthy flavor with a meaty texture. Vegan delights containing mushrooms can become healthy and filling diet recipes for all meat lovers.
Vegan Meat Recipes
Let’s look at a few vegan meat recipes that you can try and make easily at home.
1. Vegan Meat Patties
You can flavor these patties with spices or use them for burgers or meatloaves. They taste delectable and are easy to make.
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup liquid amino acid
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For Cooking Broth
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup tamari
- In a large bowl, stir together wheat gluten, yeast, liquid amino acid, 1/2 cup of vegetable broth, minced garlic, and olive oil. Make a dough ball and knead together until the dough has a rubbery texture.
- Divide the dough into three equal parts and shape them into 1 inch thick patties.
- Take a large pot and add the 4 cups vegetable broth, tamari, and water to it. Bring to boil. Now place the patties carefully into the boiling soup. Cover the pot and return to a boil. Set the lid slightly askew to vent out the steam. Reduce flame to low and continue simmering till patties turn firm. Remember to turn the patties occasionally. It might take an hour for the patties to get firm.
- Now remove from heat and uncover the pot. Allow the patties to cool inside the broth (around 15 minutes). Remove from broth and serve as required.
2. Vegan Popcorn Chicken
If you’re planning to start a plant-based vegan diet but are a die-hard fan of chicken here is something for you. A vegan version of chicken popcorn might take your interest.
- 2 cups dried soy chunks or any TVP chunks
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cloves of garlic, mashed
- 1-inch cube of ginger, grated
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the dip
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1/3 cup soy sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, mix soy chunks, ginger, garlic, and one teaspoon salt. Then fill the bowl with vegetable broth until it covers the soy chunks.
- Let it soak for about 20 minutes or until the chunks are tender.
- Meanwhile, combine 3/4 cup vegetable broth (the one you used to soak the soy chunks) and 1/2 cup flour and stir thoroughly until no lumps remain. Divide this batter into two large bowls.
- Gently press the soy chunks and squeeze out extra water from them. Coat the soy chunks in one of the flour mixture bowls. Transfer them into a Ziploc bag with 1/2 cup cornstarch. Shake well till all the pieces are well coated in cornstarch.
- Now transfer the chunks in the second bowl of flour mixture. Coat well and then move to another Ziploc bag with bread crumbs, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Shake well until adequately coated.
- Heat a wok with oil on medium heat. Fry the coated chunks in the oil in batches until they turn golden brown.
- Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
- To make the dip; blend the dip ingredients in a food processor.
- Serve the fried soy popcorns with tasty dip and enjoy!
Hope you have liked our vegan meat recipes. You’ll never miss eating meat even when you turn vegan. Do let us know which your favorite vegan meat substitute below is.