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Vegan and vegetarian diets are becoming even more popular. With this growing group, there is a rise in the amount of meat alternatives on the market. Below are some of the best meat alternatives for you to try!


When someone tells you that they don’t eat meat, the first question that usually pops up is “how do you only eat vegetables?”. The truth is, there is an abundance of meat alternatives in the market today. Even meat lovers can sometimes admit that some if these substitutes actually taste like real meat.



 

Tofu

Tofu is created by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. Tofu can be marinated to suit either sweet or savory dishes and can be soft, firm, or extra firm. It is low in calories and high in protein. Tofu is eaten as a substitute in dishes where you would normally have meat. 

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato is a large, sweet root vegetable originating from Central or South America. Sweet potatoes can be baked, turned into fries, mashed, or made into chips.

Squash

A squash is a type of guard, similar to a pumpkin. Squash is very diverse and can be used in many different ways when used in cooking. Squash is often used as an element in salad, cooked with vegetables, used as a soup, and also commonly used as a substitute for spaghetti noodles.



 


Avocado

Avocados come from trees in Mexico. They have a green-skinned, fleshy body and often ripen after harvesting. Many people simply cut open the avocado and add it straight to salads or sandwiches. Avocado is also the main ingredient in guacamole, and is also used in smoothies. 


Nuts

The most commonly consumed nuts include, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, and pistachios. Nuts are very high in nutrients. While some are higher than others, they are a great source of many nutrients. Nuts can be eaten alone, or added to a main, such as a salad. 


Lentils

Lentils are considered to be a grain legume known as a pulse. This means that they are harvested for their seeds. They are small seeds that come in many different colors, including green, brown, red, black, and yellow. They are a great source of protein and are also high in fiber and iron. Lentils are very versatile, they can be used to make soup, pair them with rise, or even simply add them to a salad.



Beans

Beans are seeds from one of several flowering plants. they come in many different types including lima beans, kidney bean, chickpea, soybean and many, many more. They are very versatile and also affordable. Beans are very high in antioxidants, protein and fiber. Beans can be purchased in an assortment of ways, and there is so many different way they can be eaten. One of the ,post common things to do with beans today is to make hummus. Beans can also be added to soups, salads, and pasta.

Quinoa

Quinoa is a flowering plant that is harvested mainly for its edible seeds. Originating from South America, cooked quinoa supplies similar nutrients as wheat and rice. Quinoa is also gluten-free. Quinoa is often eaten as a side dish, however, it is also great to add to a main. Quinoa can be added to both sweet and savory dishes, from baked into cookies, to thrown into a salad. 

Tempeh

A traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. Made through controlled fermentation that binds soybeans into cake form. Tempeh is best when steamed or marinated. however, it is also quite good when you cut it into thin slices and grilled or fried until crispy, or crumbled and added to sauces and stews. 






Sources 

https://www.ecowatch.com/15-best-protein-alternatives-to-meat-besides-tofu-1882106660.html 

https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/health/gallery/meat-free-food-alternatives/index.html

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/the-ultimate-guide-to-vegan-meats-and-meat-substitutes

https://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseypippin/21-ingenious-alternatives-to-meat

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