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Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« on: May 12, 2010, 10:33:49 am »
Anyone here a fan of the Boca Chik'n substitute? I really couldnt taste the difference between it and a real chicken patty. Plus it has over 10g of protein in one patty. They also make veggie burgers too! Anyone else here eat meat substitutes?
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Re: Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2010, 11:03:28 am »
I enjoy veggie burgers and garden burgers, but I don't think they taste anything like hamburgers and I don't think that is the point. I am blessed because here in Portland, homemade recipes for garden burgers are really chic right now, everyone has their own version of the garden burger. Lots of great variety.

When I first went veggie, I was really disappointed in fake meat products and almost lost my motivation. I had to do an overhaul with my attitude. I decided there are many vegetarian meals that I really enjoy, and if none of them tastes like meat that is okay.

I work across the street from Whole Foods, and often eat my lunches there. They have a fake chicken cutlet that is pretty promising... but most of the products I have tried were not enjoyable.

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2010, 11:14:08 am »
I used to be quite happy that veggie protein did not taste like meat, as the taste alone used to remind me of the slaughter. That is illogical, as the veggie food has no connection with meat.

Now I'm less 'picky' and if it tastes good, I tell myself really shouldn't be treating a veggie sausage as an object of revulsion.

I do look for ethical sources, though.  Not much point, ethically, in buying soya that has been farmed after killing countless rainforest animals.

I usually fail to find evidence of an 'ethical' source, by the way, as here the country of 'origin' is the one performing the last manufacturing process on the food, so your food may say 'UK' but be sourced from anywhere.

We are so fortunate now in having soya, tofu, quorn etc.  When I started as a veggie I used to get served 'mushroom stroganoff' as a main course in restaurants with mind-numbing frequency.  Oh, and lasagne or cauliflower cheese.   LOL :)

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Re: Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 06:26:12 pm »
Always been fine with TVP, Tempeh, and Tofu.

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2010, 06:56:21 pm »
I like Quorn for meat substitute  :)

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2010, 06:57:15 pm »
I do find now that at least when I go to eat in a restaurant these days, many do offer a decent "veggie (or soy) burger".  I think that they've improved some. I don't eat as much soy products now as I think that they can be a little hard to digest sometimes. Veggie burgers and veggie dogs does give an option when attending a Barbeque though.

I've always enjoyed a good falafel though, even before I became a vegetarian.

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2010, 07:05:20 pm »
I don't bother with meat substitutes.  Most of what you taste is seasoning, anyway.  That's why there are so many condiments on the shelves.

I have a few recipes for bean burgers, and a grain burger that's pretty darn tasty, too.  And they're cheaper than the stuff you find in the frozen section of the market.  I recommend you find a cookbook that has a couple different recipes so you can have a variety.

By far my favorite vegan cookbook is "La Dolce Vegan" by Sarah Kramer.  There are lots of tasty recipes that are easy to make and don't require that you stock your pantry with a bunch of stuff you'll only use once.  In addition, the recipes are ideal for two, so you don't have a lot of leftovers.  If you have kids, they're easy enough to double.

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2010, 01:16:32 am »
I like Quorn for meat substitute  :)

It's got great texture...<drool> :teehee:
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Re: Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2010, 01:40:48 am »
Always been fine with TVP, Tempeh, and Tofu.

They're OK, but to me they taste like cardboard and need lots of spicing up.

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2010, 05:30:05 am »
I personally like textured vegetable protein (TVP), which is available in most bulk food sections here in The U.S..  It can be combined with starches and organic binders, & even vegetables to make most anything.
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2010, 06:30:58 am »
I personally like textured vegetable protein (TVP), which is available in most bulk food sections here in The U.S..  It can be conbined with starches and organic binders to make most anything.

That sounds like it involves complicated procedures like cooking.  I just want instant gratification. :teehee:

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Re: Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2010, 01:38:48 pm »
Yes,
Quorn products are pretty good. Cheaper than meat too.
Takes a little experimentation to adapt recipes to suit.
I prefer Quorn chicken to dead chicken any time. Great in stir fries.

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Re: Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2010, 05:52:48 pm »
I personally like textured vegetable protein (TVP), which is available in most bulk food sections here in The U.S..  It can be combined with starches and organic binders, & even vegetables to make most anything.
TVP in Chili might just be better than beef to a meat eater. I have made a batch once and didn't tell anyone that it wasn't meat until after, and they were quite surprised.

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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2010, 08:02:39 pm »
TVP in Chili might just be better than beef to a meat eater. I have made a batch once and didn't tell anyone that it wasn't meat until after, and they were quite surprised.
Which, as far as pranks go, that is a heck of a lot less malevolent than the opposite. A coworker of mine, knowing that I was a strict vegetarian for religious reasons, offered me a Vietnamese dish he stated was noodles. Turned out it was tripe.

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Re: Veggie Burgers/Meat subsitutes
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2010, 05:08:54 am »
I made pea soup (excellent!) one time for my poker group who are now mostly vegans and used a powdered chicken bullion, which I never thought about.  I figured it wouldn't matter.  Then during a discussion with the vegan group on e-Sangha I happened to mention it and was condemned to the nether-worlds.

Will never, ever, ever, ever, EVER!, make that mistake again.  Turned out none of the poker guys objected to my pizza made with cow's milk, but agreed with the vegan folks on e-Sangha. So, now I make pizza with veggie-cheese and all is well with the universe once again.  Well, except for e-Sangha.  They are now the ones in the nether-worlds of Chinese Objection.

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