I’ve stopped eating meat for a while now because of some reasons I’m not going to list now. While this has offered me an opportunity to eat healthier, I can’t say that I do so. At the same time, I’m not a huge fast-food fan, but I sometimes want to eat a hamburger or nuggets without actually eating meat. Yes, I know, this sounds strange. But, on a happier note, there are meat substitutes! And no, I’m not talking about those processed substitutes you see at the supermarket, because those aren’t healthy. I’ve tried some of the healthy ones and today I’m going to talk about a few meat substitutes you should definitely try sometime.
There was a time when I wasn’t a huge fan of eggplants. In fact, I disliked the taste and I couldn’t eat them at all! But, a while ago, I’ve eaten drob based on eggplants instead of lamb and it was delicious! Since then, I have found out that there are eggplant burgers, which are just as good. It’s easy to adjust to any food and the taste can be amazing if you know how to cook it!
Mushrooms are my favourite, hands down! They are very versatile and they have this incredible taste that basically matches many dishes. The cool part is that they are also rich in protein. I put mushrooms in anything: in sauces, in burritos, in toppings and more! They are also good in soups (I love mushroom soup!) Grilled mushrooms are also extremely delicious and I eat them in this manner every time I go to a barbecue. I’ve also eaten stuffed mushrooms (with vegetables, sauces, whatever you want) and I recommend them from the bottom of my heart!
Like mushrooms, beans are also very rich in protein and they fill your stomach when eaten right. I love them in salads, because they are an interesting addition. Moreover, they aren’t expensive and there are many types of beans: white, red, black, chickpeas and more. My favourites are the red ones, because they are the best in a salad. Chickpeas are an interesting choice too! They are good in burgers, but the disadvantage (or advantage, it depends on how you perceive it) is that chickpeas make you feel full very quickly.
I’m not going to lie you: I’ve found out about this a few months ago. How could I miss this? When I went on holiday in Budapest, there was this Vietnamese restaurant. When I was reading the menu, I saw that they had a dish which had rice and chicken, but this dish had an alternative: tofu instead of chicken. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, but it was delicious! I loved it! Since then, I’ve started to love the combination and I started putting tofu on everything. I have to tell you, it’s very good in salads as well. You may notice that it has this blunt taste, but if seasoned or cooked properly, it is very good, I promise!
From all the substitutes that are in this list, I think that cauliflower is the most versatile. You can grill it, you can make pizza crust out of it or add it to a soup! You can even make popcorn out of it, which blows my mind. The taste is amazing, to be honest with you. While I haven’t eaten it as a substitute as much as I’ve eaten the others, I recommend it, if you like cauliflowers. It’s tasty and nutritious!
I recommend all of you to try these meat substitutes, because they are healthy and stomach-filling. Moreover, if you want to change your lifestyle and turn it into a healthier one, you can begin with these. There are many ways in which you can cook each and every of these substitutes. It doesn’t matter whether you want to stop eating meat completely or you just want to try something new: go for it!
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