Would you like to eat less or no more meat, but you have no idea what the options are? There are so many alternatives to meat nowadays that I am happy to share my favorite alternatives with you!
Strong in your shoes
It is not always easy to be the first person in the area (circle of friends, family, relatives, etc.) who decides not to eat meat anymore. Especially if you are not the person who decides what is on the table in the evening. You usually eat what the pot does.
Do you want to stop eating meat immediately? Fine. Or do you want to eat less meat? Also fine. It’s all good. It took me years to stop eating meat at all. It started years ago with no longer buying dead animals in the supermarket. I kept that up for years. However, I was a bit more flexible in the catering industry, with family and friends – I just ate with the rest. I always thought it shouldn’t be difficult.
Until a long journey through India a few years ago threw a spanner in the works. In the three months that I wandered through the land of dahl, curry, and roaming cows, I have not eaten meat. There are so many meat alternatives out there that you don’t think about eating meat. When I came back I ate a piece of meat a few times, but I stopped doing that too. It didn’t feel right anymore.
A button has been activated for me, where I no longer even consider ordering a meat dish in a restaurant. By the way, I recently wrote an article about how to start with vegetarian food and how to deal with it if your environment does not want to participate.
In the article and the comments below the article, you will find the necessary tips on how to deal with this.
My favorite meat alternatives
Since there are so many alternatives to meat today, I have made an overview of my favorite alternatives below. To inspire you to eat vegetarian or vegetable more often.
1. Temporary marriage
Tempeh is a real protein bomb.Per 100 grams of tempeh, it contains about 20 grams of protein, almost comparable to chicken fillet (22 grams). If you replace a piece of chicken fillet for the same amount of tempeh, you will get almost as much protein. 👍🏻
Preparing tempeh in such a way that it becomes tasty is sometimes quite difficult. Many people describe the smell of raw tempeh as stale and bitter – also described by the smell of wall paint. Bah.
The nice thing about tempeh is that it can be marinated very well. Once marinated – it creates a true taste sensation in your mouth. In this article, you can read all about preparing tempeh.
2. Prepare tofu
If you slice a block of tofu and bake them in the pan, I understand that tofu isn’t very high on your meat ladder alternatives. Once you have read the user manual, you will often use tofu as a meat substitute.
Tofu is so versatile that you can use it for every meal of the day. For example, you can start the day with scrambled tofu (a vegetable version of scrambled eggs) and end the day with a chocolate mousse based on tofu. You can find more variety to prepare tofu in this article.
3. Meat substitutes
Meat substitutes are taking over the supermarket! Until a few years ago, it was inconceivable that you would find multiple brands of vegetarian burgers on shelves. Today, even the smaller supermarkets have a shelf with numerous meat substitutes. Also in the village where I grew up, the AH now boasts vegetarian bratwurst and vegetarian chicken pieces on the shelf.
Many people wonder why alternatives to meat should always look so much like real meat. The taste, shape, and texture – I’m just happy with it. I didn’t stop eating meat because I thought it was dirty. On the contrary (you can read why here ).
I can only applaud meat substitutes that are so good that they even win matches as if it were the real deal. This will only contribute to more people choosing this alternative than real meat.
One of the alternatives to meat is to use legumes in a dish. Legumes are very high in protein, contain iron, and have the necessary fiber. Legumes include kidney beans, black beans, kidney beans, soybeans, and chickpeas.
How to add legumes to your daily meal? A few examples:
- Open a can of kidney beans or chickpeas and process it in a curry.
- Do you like to eat the pot – potatoes, vegetables, and meat? Then replace the meat with a meat substitute or make your tasty veggie burger based on legumes.
- Make a healthy salad with various vegetables, leafy vegetables, beans, fresh herbs, and a dressing.
- Opt for a sandwich with hummus, sweet potato spread, or other legume-rich spread.
Have you ever experimented with the above alternatives to meat? What is your favorite alternative and what do you find a challenge in the vegetable kitchen? Let’s inspire and help each other below!