We're connoisseurs of vegetarian meat alternatives. Fake hot dogs, vegie burgers, and other faux flesh has gotten more palatable over the years. I'd go so far as calling some products crave-worthy.
If you're vegetarian, or your teenager is vegetarian, or you're looking for healthier alternatives to processed meat, or your kids won't eat meat but you're looking for high-protien alternatives, or you're just curious, try our favorites:
- Morningstar Farms Corn Dogs (crunchy when baked in the oven, available in mini sans-stick version)
- Morningstar Farms Vegie Dogs (best alterna-wiener)
- Gardenburger riblets (bbq sauce heaven, heat in the microwave, ignore how it looks while still in the pouch)
- Boca burgers (best when pan-seared and served with sauteed onions and melted swiss)
- Gimme Lean Beef flavor (looks gross out of the package, but when mixed with a beaten egg, some bread or cracker crumbs, a minced, sauteed onion, herbs, pepper, and ketchup, it makes a mean meatloaf. I top mine with a bbq sauce or ketchup/brown sugar glaze before baking.)
- Quorn Naked Cutlets (chicken breast alternative, divine with bbq sauce, as chicken parmesan, in stir fry, or seared with lemon juice, garlic and thyme, and then served sliced on a bed of steamed spinach or dressed baby greens. Next attempt: tandoori)
What're your favorites, and how do you prepare them?