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8/5/09 9:58 A

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I eat tofu once in a while, but so far there are few recipes I've found that actually make it taste GOOD. I haven't ventured much into the meat wanna-be's, but the Veggie Burger from BK is good and Smart Dogs are ok once in a while for a quick meal.

After tracking meals for a week I've noticed that, on average, I get MORE protein than what my research has shown is required. My protein sources include: cheese, eggs, peanut butter, breads & cereals, some pasta, beans, and fruits & veggies. My Food & Fitness Tracker is shared on my sparkpage if you'd like to check it out.

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8/5/09 7:01 A

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The "fake meat" products took awhile to get used to, but now I really like a lot of them. I just wish they were less expensive! In order to save money, I'll sometimes just substitute other things. Like, instead of using Morningstar's meat crumbles for a taco salad, I'll throw in kidney or black beans.

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8/5/09 12:10 A

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i know that it's not very good for me but i LOVE many of the "fake meat" products....Gardenburgers, Tofurkey Italian Sausages, Tofurkey Deli Slices, Healthy Life Chickn Tenders, etc...these things make their way into my meals a few times a week!

i'm going to have to find the time to make my own "whole foods" veggie burger patties from scratch one day, thanks for the suggestions below!

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NORTCR Posts: 1
8/4/09 1:34 P

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I never really under stood the fake meat thing. I wish there were more vegetarian meals in the frozen food section that didn't try try to taste like chicken, pork, beef, etc. One of the main reasons I am mostly vegetarian is because I don't like the taste of meat and then all of the vegetarian meals taste worse!!!

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8/4/09 11:41 A

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try another variety, but if you don't like it, don't worry about it. it's no big deal. i personally am a morningstar and boca fan.

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BELOVEDQ Posts: 14
7/21/09 9:46 A

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I think it must be my personal mission to inform women about soy products. Soy in ALL forms is very, very hard on the thyroid and can cause/contribute to Hypothyroidism.

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7/20/09 8:57 P

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one thing to watch out for is that many of these products have GMOs which are very bad!! Brands that do are boca and morningstar so eat them sparingly

i know amys is one brand that does not have gmos
also they are processed and although they contain protein no real nutrition...believe me i love that stuff too!!

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DIET107 Posts: 363
7/20/09 2:52 P

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We live near a major asian community and are lucky to have access to stores primarily serving the growing buddhist and also Indian vegetarian market. A great thing is that some products are beginning to be made here because now we have the expertise.
Buddhist culture has a big tradition of "fake meats" so if you ever have the opportunity, visit major asian supermarkets and see what they have. We have a completely vegetarian asian grocery shop fairly nearby. We buy lots of "fake" soy and gluten products frozen and there are also dried products, most of which are made in the U.S. I notice.
Obviously most of these products are best suited to asian-style dishes but I am constantly experimenting with various degrees of success!

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7/18/09 6:41 P

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Sorry, no picture yet. I'm waiting to lose my double
chin. I think about 20 more pounds should do it.
Anyway, I have tried a lot of meat substitutes. The
only two that I like are Tempeh and Tofu. I have Wheat
and gluten allergies. Most brands add those ingredients. If anyone has a good burger recipe, one
that will stick together, let me know. Thanks.

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Other than Tofurkey and vegan riblets, I'm not a major fan of most meat substitutes. I prefer using whole grains, nuts, seeds, black beans (or any bean that strikes your fancy), and soy or hemp milk. In fact, I hardly ever really eat meat substitutes, I don't really keep them in the house, except maybe a box of something in the freezer in case I don't feel like cooking.

You can find protein in a lot of places other than processed frozen and refrigerated fake meats. I hope that helped a little.

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7/18/09 5:26 P

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That's how I feel, too! My mom was a vegetarian in my grade school days and the only meat substitutes were Loma Linda canned products, and they tasted okay to me, in fact I'd probably enjoy them now if I got them. But I love Gardenburger Chick'N Grills and have them on Caesar salad with vegan ranch. Last night I made a vegan Alfredo sauce that I serve over fettuccine. I added 1/2 portion of Morningstar Farms vegan Chick'n Strips! Amazingly delicious. I need to enter that recipe into Spark.

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7/18/09 1:03 P

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I ate a lot of beef growing up. I had a relative who raised cattle and he'd give us all the beef we wanted though we had to pay to have it butchered.

Meat substitutes were awful when I first went veggie in 1980. After my initial bad experiences I didn't eat any of them until a few years ago when I tried them again. Now they are friggin' amazing! Morningstar Farms Chik patties taste just like I remember chicken tasting and Grillers Prime taste almost exactly like hamburger patties.

I suppose I still have a taste for meat since I ate so much the first 19 years of my life. I don't crave meat like I used to but a good fake meat once in a while is a nice treat.

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7/18/09 8:35 A

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My husband and I enjoy "meat-substitute" style products, well some of them, some are awful to our taste. My main issue generally with them is that they are really expensive!

Its interesting that our children who are life-long vegos don't like them much at all. They prefer (and we all like) tofu, tempeh, nuts etc but no-one is too keen on most bean dishes. They seriously dont think much of my various attempts at patties! The children also dont like eggs unless they are in baked products and even then they are quite sensitive to the egg-y taste.

I wonder if growing up vegetarian pre-disposes to a vegan leaning?




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7/18/09 1:44 A

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I think it depends on what recipe you're using, but black beans, lentils, and tofu really do make excellent meat substitutes. And, though there seems to be a bit of a bias against the fake meats in this thread, they actually are pretty good for you and extremely convenient when you're pressed for time. I know you only like a few things, but I would encourage you to check out Boca's chik'n patties and MorningStar Farms' crumbles, as both can go a long way as far as meal planning goes. The chik'n patties are only 160 calories, 6 grams of fat,and have 11 grams of protein and 40 milligrams of calcium. Pretty well rounded.

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I eat veggie burgers and chik'n nuggets fairly often but I just can't find any meat substitutes I like besides that. In fact, I have 7 packs of Garde-in faux meats in my fridge that I'm returning to the store tomorrow because it's just vile.





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7/16/09 7:47 A

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I'm mostly vegan and hardly ever have fake meats unless hubby wants one. If I make a 'burger' is my own sunflower seeds and carrot juice scraps version from Raw Gourmet.

Protein sources are vegetables and nuts. Through the nutrition log I've learned how much protein is in veggie sources. Had 3 ears of fresh corn the other day and there were 9 grams of protein.

Generally 40 grams a day is sufficient for my needs and I'll sometimes hit 50 grams.

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7/16/09 12:45 A

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Have you tried making your own? I don't like most of the commercial products I've tried, but I do like homemade seitan. It is much less expensive than store-bought and you can flavor it to your liking. There are lots of recipes on the internets. Also, tempeh has a unique flavor, but you can counter it if you use it in spicier dishes; when you grate it up it is a good, whole food substitute for ground meat in things like tacos, pasta sauce, etc.
That said, I still get most of my protein from legumes, whole grains, veggies, and some dairy and eggs. I also use hemp protein in my green smoothies as a good, plant based protein boost. The key is to vary your sources both so you don't get bored and so you are getting a range of amino acids.



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7/15/09 11:32 P

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Mmmm! Your recipe sounds yummy, and I want to try the Chick'n Strips. Thanks for the info!

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7/15/09 6:14 P

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I use the Yves lunch"meat" and MorningStar and Boca products. My fav are the MorningStar chik'n strips.

Something I learned on a recipe site is to half the chunk of tofu so there are 2 blocks and place paper towels on the bottom and the top and set something on top, I use a hefty pot, to drain. I generally wait at least 2 hours and then discard the paper towels and place the dried tofu on a plate and place in the freezer preferably overnight. Don't defrost and saute them in a little bit of oil. It takes about 4 minutes on each, depending on thickness. I then put a little less than tablespoon of peanut butter and an asian salad dressing in the pan. After about a minute I put this over shredded lettuce.

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I have never used meat alternatives other than tofu. I think the alternatives are loaded with preservatives and salt, so I have never used them. I do know friends who use them all the time and love them.

What I will sometimes do when I want that meaty sensation or feeling in my mouth is use portobello mushrooms in recipes in place of meat, in chicken recipes especially. I also love portobello burgers.





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I rely on commercial meat substitutes fairly often. I get Karen and Sisters "turkey" and "chicken" made with TVP. I also use the "fake meats" mentioned here. For example, today we went to the local deli and my husband got a turkey sandwich and I got a veggie hero, no condiments and no cheese. We brought them home, and I added 2 servings of Smart Deli veggie cold cuts (I like Yves veggie cold cuts better, but they didn't have them at my market), Vegenaise, and some mustard, plus I sprinkled a bit of balsamic on the bread for good measure. I also eat the Tofurkey Italian Sausages and Breakfast Sausages, and Yves Good Dog veggie hot dogs. You see, I don't eat cottage cheese, eggs or any kind of yogurt. I'm a vegan, and the "fake meats" have been real helps to me! Let us know how we can help, and welcome!
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I don't eat any of the fake meats. they gross me out. If you go to the thrive team-they have lots of ideas for eating a well balanced veggie diet with no fake meats. All sorts of info in there. ;)

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7/15/09 11:34 A

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I agree, many brands are different

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7/15/09 11:09 A

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I like these frozen eggplant "meatballs" I get from the local health food store (I can't remember the name of who makes them at the moment.) Also, a product I really like is Worthington Choplets. They have a denser "meatier" texture, and work well as a substitute for chicken and beef in some of my old favorite recipes.

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I basically just supplement my meals with "meatfree" products - primarily when I am at a cook out and need to 'fit in'. I get plenty of protein from: tofu (I find you can basically substitute tofu for chicken in most recipes), beans, legumes, eggs (think - omelets, frittatas, quiche), protein enriched pasta, cheese, cottage cheese (amazing how much protein is in it!), milk, peanut butter, nuts, edamame, and sometimes, when i need a boost - protein shakes (i.e., Spirutein poweder or Carnation instant breakfasts) and protein bars (I love Luna Bars - plus they give me a little chocolate fix!). Good luck!

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It might be the meatless products that you're trying too...they all take some getting used to, but some are funkier than others. I actually like the meatless meatballs from Trader Joe's and It's All Good stuffed chickenless breasts are pretty good. That said, I also use quinoa and greek yogurt a lot for protein.

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I'm just curious, do any of you maintain a balanced vegetarian diet without eating any of the "fake meat" products at all? And besides tofu, what are your favorite daily protein sources? I'm just starting to maintain a ovo-lacto vegetarian diet and while I love legumes, eggs, whole grains and things of that nature as sources of protein for some reason I just can't get myself to enjoy the meatless "meat" products.

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