About six months ago, I made the decision to cut meat out of my diet (let's just say I accidentally saw a clip of a slaughterhouse video and haven't been able to look at meat the same way again). While it's been challenging in some ways, giving up meat and being encouraged to look at other options has been really eye-opening. We're really lucky these days that most places offer vegetarian options (and now many vegan options, too) whereas maybe 30 years ago, it wasn't exactly the norm to call yourself a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian, even (someone who doesn't eat meat, but still seafood). I've loved finding different alternatives to meat and you know what? Vegetarian and meatless options have been amazing! In fact, I don't think I've had had a "bad" experience yet when I've ordered a veggie burger or vegan "un-pulled" pork (which by the way, was quite amazing!) Now that my dad is retired, he's loved finding alternative recipes for me at home (as well as Brian and his dad!) and the other night, he made some yummy vegetarian tacos for us that you woulda sworn was made with real meat!
In fact, I had to go check the label in the fridge just to be sure!
Yves Veggie Cuisine products are the most common I've seen in the grocery store, but I had never tried their ground beef before. My dad and Brian have both been cooking this up for me lately, and it's been an awesome alternative!
Linda McCartney once said that the thing that gives real meat its true flavour is the seasoning more than the meat itself. I never really noticed this until I started eating meatless options and thought, it's quite true!! With this veggie beef, my dad added in his own seasonings for flavour and you would've never guessed you were having a meatless alternative.
He always loves a good stir fry. Hot peppers, sliced onions, celery and beans. This type of thing is loaded with protein and yummy, zesty flavours.
Can't have tacos without some sour cream and cheese shavings.
Last but not least, a fresh garden salad, tossing in some of that leftover cheese for good measure.
Yummy, vegetarian tacos! :)
Have you ever had meat-free options? If so, how was it? If you know of any meat-free recipes or products to try, lemme know in the comment section! I'm always open to new options!