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#1 Old 02-07-2013, 12:16 PM
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Back when I started being a vegetarian (1973), we didn't have fake meatless foods like you young whippersnappers have now.


But now, there is plenty to choose from. Here are the vegetarian foods that I have found that taste the most like real meat (at least, from what I remember the real thing tastes like).


Rice milk - tastes much more like real milk than soy milk, almond milk, etc.

Boca burgers - tastes like real burgers

Lightlife hot dogs and bologna - tastes a lot like the real thing.


My wife is not a vegetarian, but she loves Morningstar Farms breakfast sausage patties. She says they are better than real sausage patties (which she says tastes greasy). I don't eat them, because they have eggs in them, but they sure smell good when she cooks them. 


I use Gimme Lean sausage for breakfast sausage patties. They are OK, a little bland, but I am trying to add spices and herbs to mimic what my wife's Morningstar Farms sausages smell like.

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#2 Old 02-07-2013, 06:00 PM
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Hey Dude!

Taste is a peculiar thing, and I find mine has changed quite a bit over the years, esp. since going veg.

First I couldn't stand anything that remotely reminded me of meat, but now there are things I find myself craving that are direct (kinda) subs.


I've always loved Boca chik'n patties.

I don't like rice milk- but do like soy and sweetened almond.

Field Roast sausage and frankfurters are my favorite!
I hate all other hot dogs I've tried.

I don't care for Gimme Lean- texture problem

I make a mean seitan- from vegandads blog

Better than Boullion Not chicken and Not beef soup bases

Trader Joes soy chorizo- like taco seasoned beef

Gardein burgers seem closet to real beef hamburgers- says my son who will still eats hamburgers, and likes        these better

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#3 Old 02-07-2013, 11:45 PM
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Hmmm. I love the Morningstar veggie sausage patties, way better than Gimmie Lean. I do however prefer Gimmie Lean on a Veg Mc Muffin (with thin cut tofu slices cooked with nutritional yeast, cheese slice and veg sausage patty on an English muffin).


I like to get on occasion the mock chicken in sauce at the Tan-A in Richmond (Asian grocer). Great for stir fries. I think it is made by Vegefarm? Great texture and taste.


I make ribs using this recipe


Boca Burgers are the best burger. If you can find pepper steak patties at the Asian Grocer, try them they are awesome.


For chicken I make tofu chick'n and I use this for Buffalo Tofu and chick'n nuggets.


I make my own chick'n broth powder, very simple and cheap. It is a Bryanna Clark Grogan recipe. I bet you already have everything in the house to make it yourself.


For turkey, ham and chicken seitan these are my fave recipes. Vegefarm makes a really good fake ham.

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#4 Old 02-08-2013, 06:47 AM
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I love Amy's burgers the best. 

Quorn nuggets and roasts are loved by my meat eating friends.

Gardein is the absolute BOMB.  Wow.   And it's vegan. 

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#5 Old 02-08-2013, 08:30 AM
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I just discovered Morning Star BBQ riblets a bit ago. Vegan and yummie! Taste way better than what I remember those nasty McRibs tasting like.

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