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Chunky Tips on Going Meatless

A primer on available options when you want to cut meat out of your diet.

Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and turkey is what’s for dinner, or is it? While meat is the fast and easy go-to option for protein, iron, vitamin B12, and other essential vitamins and minerals, it doesn’t have to be yours.

Whether you want to cut back on meat because of health concerns, thoughts of animal welfare, environmental reasons, or to save money, you can’t do it without adding other types of high-protein foods in its place.

The good news is there are plenty of healthy meat substitutes. You may need to experiment, but try enough options and you should find one you like.

Tofu

One of the most common meat substitutes in recipes is tofu. Made from soy milk that’s shaped into blocks (similar to how milk is made into cheese), tofu is a good source of protein and calcium. Since it’s made from soy, it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs for health. Great as it is, tofu doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy. Some people don’t care for the taste or texture of tofu. It has a soft, spongy texture and can taste bland, but if prepared the right way, tofu can be firm and chewy like meat and when made with spices and marinades, tofu can be used for tasty dishes.

Seitan

Unless you have a gluten sensitivity or allergy, then you may like the taste and texture of seitan. Though a good source of protein, seitan doesn’t contain iron or calcium, so you’ll have to go elsewhere to pick those up. Made from processed wheat gluten, seitan can taste similar to beef, pork, or chicken depending on how it’s prepared. Because of its denseness, seitan can be fried, grilled, or roasted as you would other types of meat. If looking for seitan in imitation products, it may be called “vital wheat gluten.”

Tempeh

Made from fermented soybeans, tempeh has a firmer, drier texture than its more well-known cousin, tofu. Some tempeh is even made with a mixture of grains or beans. Known to have a nutty flavor, tempeh is rich in protein, fiber, and calcium. Additionally, it’s easy to prepare and can be a good substitute for fish in recipes or added to salads, sandwiches, or stir-fry. The fermentation process required to make tempeh results in prebiotics and probiotics, which are helpful for improved gut health.

Textured Vegetable Protein

Also known as TVP, textured vegetable protein is a highly processed meat alternative made from dehydrated soy. To use it in your recipes, you simply rehydrate TVP and substitute it for meat. Bought in chunks or granules, TVP can be used as ground beef or made into patties for a hamburger-like meal. It’s often the ingredient found in veggie burgers or veggie hot dogs. Since it’s inexpensive, TVP is frequently added to canned or frozen foods that contain meat.

Beans, Legumes, and Lentils

Some plant foods are hearty enough to stand in place of meat. Beans, legumes, and lentils are some of those foods. They’re filling, full of fiber, and high in protein. As an added perk, they’re inexpensive. Whether you choose black, pinto, kidney, navy, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, split peas, or any color of lentil, they’re easy to prepare and simple to add to chilis, soups, stews, burgers, or salads.

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