My Favorite Faux Meat Products

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while.

When my coworker Michael started at my company back in July, I was psyched to have a vegetarian office buddy to bond with. While discussing faux meat products one day, I was shocked to learn he had never tried Trader Joe’s Masala Burgers. I got right to work drafting up a list of my favorite meatless meat products for him. When I saw Emily’s request for meat substitution suggestions pop up on Twitter a few weeks ago, I promised her I’d share my list.

Emily and about 30 others have vowed to go meat-free for the entire month of March and are tweeting and blogging about their experience under the hashtag #MeatlessMarch. I think it’s awesome, not only because I’m a vegetarian, but also because I stopped eating meat in the exact same way three years ago. I called my challenge Vegetarian February. It changed my life completely, and I’ll be writing a guest post for Emily on that very topic later this month. Meanwhile, here are some of my favorite faux meat products.*

Before you start reading, I should note that Jeff is most definitely not a vegetarian (quite the opposite, actually), and he enjoys all of the products I list here.

Best Burgers:

I love one on a toasted whole wheat bun with all the fixins’: lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, ketchup.

Best Chicken:

  • Quorn Chick’n Nuggets (these me wonder what they put in actual chicken nuggets because they taste so similar)
  • Trader Joe’s Chickenless Crispy Tenders

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Best Hotdogs:

Tofurky Hotdogs

Best Meatballs:

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Best Deli Meats:

  • Tofurky (I like the oven-roasted turkey)

[No pic-but picture the sandwich I had for lunch yesterday: Tofurky Oven-Roasted Turkey, Avocado, Sharp Cheddar, Tomatoes and Kale on Whole Foods Quinoa Flax Bread-delicious!]

Best Meat Crumbles:

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Best Sausage:

For pasta

  • Links: Tofurky

For breakfast:

  • MorningStar Farms sausage patties (probably the only MorningStar Farms product I like)

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* I try to stay away from products with ingredient lists that are a mile long or with ingredients I can’t pronounce. I also try to limit my intake of fake meat products in general. I’d much rather make a meal from scratch than heat up a frozen product. But for those lazy nights when I get home from work and don’t feel like cooking, having these products on hand makes my life a lot easier.

There you have it- my favorite faux meat products! I hope you’ll try any enjoy them all!

How do you feel about meatless-meat products? Do you have any favorites?

Have a great Wednesday!

Note- I was not contacted by any of the companies listed to write this post. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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Priceless

Morning, Blogfaces!

What y’all think of my new header? My awesome friend, Dara, made it for me. I’m so picky and it took four weeks with a lot of minor detail changes, but we (she) finally came up with the beautiful creation above! I love it. If you would like Dara to make you a header, visit her blog, and just ask! She went to school for graphic design, so she’ll make ya a good one!

Moving on…

Thank you all for entering my Amazing Grass Giveaway.

Here are the three lucky winners:

Marathon Val who said: Mmmm I want some Chocolate Amazing Meal!!

Courtney who said: Ooooo, I have been wanting to try Amazing Grass in the worst way!! I would love to try the Amazing Meal Vanilla Chai Infusion & the Berry Superfood Energy Bars! YUM! 😛

Vanessa who said: I’m a lurker turned commenter, great blog! I am training for an extended self-support cycling trip and am always looking for healthy fuel. I would love to try the (chocolate peanut butter) energy bars to eat on the road!

Congratulations ladies. Please shoot me an e-mail  at beccarose21[at]aol[dot]com and include your two choices and full name and address.

Here’s why you shouldn’t be upset if you didn’t win:

  • Enter ‘healthy123’ at check out on the Amazing Grass website and you’ll receive 15% off your order
  • I will be hosting another awesome giveaway next week, so stay tuned! (It’s for another really great product and there will be FIVE winners)

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ON TO MY POST!

Photos of oats taken yesterday morning: ten

Don’t make this-it’s disgusting: Blueberry Oats:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran (experiment)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Cinnamon
  • PB

Photos taken of me giving you a thumbs-up before my almost-four mile run  yesterday: five

More on that in a later post. I had some complications that I’d like advice on. (Yes-that giraffe in the background is kissing my head)

Photos of my Coconut Water taken post-run: one

Photos of Pea Pesto Pasta for lunch: twelve

Pea Pesto (Adapted from Brandi’s recipe)

  • A bunch of steamed frozen peas (didn’t measure)
  • Half of a tomato, chopped
  • TBSP of EVOO
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Dried basil and parsley
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Pasta: I used veggie wagon wheels and whole wheat shells

Topped with goat cheese. Perfect.

Photos taken of my empty fridge:two

Photos taken of my grocery list: three

Deli Meat and Tuna are for Jeff and Yes- wine is a pain reliever- don't judge

Photos taken of grocery haul: two

90% of this is from Honest Weight Food Co-op and is organic.

  • Bananas
  • Vidalia Onion
  • Bag o’ Onions
  • Garlic
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Mango
  • Corn
  • Green Pepper
  • Mini Watermelon
  • Avocado
  • Baby Carrots
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Tomatoes
  • Morning Star Farms Organic Soy “Sausage” Patties
  • Big Tub of Plain Oikos
  • Organic Frozen Blackberries
  • Southwestern Sunshine Burgers (not pictured)

The damage: Around $40

Photos of my mug o’ cherries taken before devouring it: seven

I even ate the mug

Photos of the huge bowl of watermelon that I ate in one sitting: three

Just kidding- I only ate 95 percent of it. Am I still kidding? Nobody knows.

Photos taken of dinner: fourteen

  • SW Sunshine Burger on a Multi-Grain Arnold Sandwich Thin topped with Lettuce,Tomato, and Hot Sauce.
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Corn-on-the-Cob
  • Watermelon

Passing out in bed at 8:30 p.m. without blogging: Priceless

How many pictures do you take of your food?

Have an awesome Thursday! <3

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