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Been vegan for 2 months; all of a sudden i've had cravings for meat this week; could use some advise on how to get through this craving (ie, foods that might satisfy the craving).
 

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Nuts can be helpful. I especially like cashews. Juicy, chewy and succulent! Salty too.
 

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I've read that meat cravings can be satisfied with a combination of fat and salt. Doesn't sound like a healthy combination, but it might help. You might also try something with lots of umami flavour, like mushrooms.
 

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I've always loved Gardeins seven grain nuggets- in an oil sprayed pan on stove top (package says to bake) till crispy. With hot sauce.<br>
Or any veggie vegan chik'n nugget or patty-Boca is good. Have with something you'd typically have-fries or cole slaw.<br>
If you do tofu, try pressing panko crumbs or cornflakes in slices and lightly fry with seasoning.<br>
Fried mushrooms, onions, or eggplant!<br>
I don't recommend trying to directly subsitute-I never wanted meat actually, and don't like what tastes like it- but I do like the smell of some fried chicken places, and know what I crave is the spices and breading, easily converted to beanburgers, tofu, and breaded veggies.<br><br>
What is it about your craving? It's probably just a memory craving, so try new foods instead! It's not easy to change ways of eating you've always known, but I guarantee, the longer you keep doing it, trying new foods and ways to cook and bake, you will have that Eureka! moment when you hits you- "I'm vegetarian". Meat will no longer be a choice any more than bugs or other things you'd never think to put in your mouth.<br><br>
Watch Meet your Meat or Earthlings.<br><br>
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Fry a Portebella mushroom in margarine and garlic powder, put it on a toasted bun and put all the stuff on it that you would normally put on a burger.
 

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Fry a Portebella mushroom in margarine and garlic powder, put it on a toasted bun and put all the stuff on it that you would normally put on a burger.</div>
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I am going to do this.
 

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Fry a Portebella mushroom in margarine and garlic powder, put it on a toasted bun and put all the stuff on it that you would normally put on a burger.</div>
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Yum!<br><br>
There's a pizza place around here, Little Anthony's that will put vegan "meatballs" on a pizza. These are great for meat cravings because they're salty and they have all the spices that a meatball would have, as well as a nice texture. Not sure what the brand is or if you have this option but it may work.<br><br>
Another thing is Morningstar sausage patties. They're spicy like sausage should be, but made from plant sources - don't remember if its TVP or what, but they taste good!
 

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I've read that meat cravings can be satisfied with a combination of fat and salt. Doesn't sound like a healthy combination, but it might help. You might also try something with lots of umami flavour, like mushrooms.</div>
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This is what I did, eating fatty snacks whenever I craved. It's also why I gained a little bit when I went veggie, even though I cut out fast food. It's hard to find room for a steak when you're so full and fat feeling...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">
 

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This is what I did, eating fatty snacks whenever I craved. It's also why I gained a little bit when I went veggie, even though I cut out fast food. It's hard to find room for a steak when you're so full and fat feeling...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"></div>
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To my credit, and what might have made it easier for me to go veggie, I did not like steaks, or fish, or crabs, lobster etc..., Chicken I could tolerate but its something that I would never think about eating or ordering.<br>
I was strictly hamburgers and hot dogs, bacon and scrapple and sausage were pretty good too.<br>
most of those things are duplicated in the vegan world.
 

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Make a nice lentil bolognaise sauce for pasta, or make some bean burger patties and eat them between buns with salad etc.
 

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bean burger patties are good, however its not something that is going to be accepted by a new vegitarian looking for a meat fix.<br>
I would bet one bite and its over.<br><br>
Thats why I suggested the mushroom, it has a good texture, and it was something that goes on a burger anyway, so make the burger exact like normal, but leave out the burger part. another thing that would work well for me was to make a tomato, lettuce, cheese and onion sandwich and put thousand island dressing on it. gave me almost the same thrill as a big mac.
 

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Get a Boca burger and grill it on a charcoal grill. Then load it with every kind of burger toppings you like/can think of. I also found that eating the sides to a burger helped cravings also. I got some good french fries and a malt (you could use vegan ice cream and make your own shake too). Not the healthiest thing to eat, but to help you get past a craving or 2 is better than actually eating the burger! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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