These days there are a huge number of delicious, nutritious vegetarian recipes available in books and online. Most of these recipes have been designed to be veggie from the ground up, and work around the lack of meat. However, sometimes what you really want is to take a classic non-vegetarian recipe, and make it veggie. For some, it’s a traditional dish that they want to recreate for their new diet. For others, it may be to serve to people who balk at the idea of a meatless meal. Whatever the reason, there are a number of meat substitutes available that fit the bill.
The butt of many jokes, tofu is often misconstrued as being tasteless and bland. The reality is, it all depends on how it’s cooked. Tofu absorbs the flavours you’re using, and comes in both firm and soft varieties, making it a highly flexible ingredient. Tofu can be baked, fried, skewered onto kebabs, and works great as a substitute for pork and chicken.
Legumes such as chickpeas, beans and lentils are a surprisingly filling and useful food. When ground together and mixed with flour and oil, they can be used to create vegetarian burger patties and filler for traditional meat dishes such as meatloaf, lasagne or sausage rolls.
The size, density and texture of eggplant makes it a perfect meat substitute. Full of nutritional value, eggplants can be roasted, fried or minced up to suit a wide range of dishes. It is also perfect for absorbing flavour and filling out a meal.
Made from wheat gluten, seitan has an incredibly similar texture to real meat and contains a high amount of protein as well, making it a popular alternative for vegetarian cooking.
For those who want a quick and easy substitute for meat products, soy is an increasingly common choice. You can buy soy hotdogs, burger patties and more- making it easy to prepare old favourites in a flash.
With these substitutes, you can recreate classic kiwi meals in a way that’s sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
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