Heidi

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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2011-06-28

Heidi's Favorite Meatless Foods! No Need To Have A Cow Look Below and See How!

My good friend at work Peaches (Keith) came up to me and was asking me that since I am a vegetarian and he is considering becoming vegetarian for health reasons if I could offer any advice on things I like to eat, meals, etc. I rattled off several of my favorite options and told him that I would send him a list of things that I have tried and loved so he would not have to go through the process of spending lots of money on icky vegetarian products. He then asked me if I had a list on my blog and it hit me that I don’t and have no idea why because I should since it just might help anyone else out there wanting to be a vegetarian or just try some meatless options.

Below are some of my favorite vegetarian products that you can buy in most grocery stores. Now these are my favorites and you may like something else but I have tried some vile stuff and I say all below ooozzzzzeeeeee yumminess and are free of animals. By the way nobody is paying to put them on my list although I wish they would because I would like a vacation soon. Lol

Heidi’s Favorite Vegetarian Products!

Boca Flame Grilled Meatless Burgers-MMMMM… Grilled or on the oven these are my favorite meatless burger! They have 5 grams of fiber and only 1 net carb with 120 calories and 14grams of protein. I love these with sautéed mushrooms, mustard, lettuce and tomato. Best taste and I have tried a lot!
Lots of great recipes and product information at their website Boca.

MorningStar Farms Veggie Crumbles, Veggie Bacon, Veggie Sausage Patties, Links-Pretty much anything from MorningStar Farms I love. Their corn dogs are to die for too!!! They also have entrees like lasagna with the meatless crumbles, and a veggie chik enchilada as well as a new biscuit with veggie sausage in it. Their website gives some great recipes and product information… MorningStar Farms

Amy’s Kitchen Natural and Organic Foods-Okay again so many wonderful entrees and products but my two personal favorites are the Organic cheese enchiladas (my kids love these too) and their spaghetti rings with veggie meatballs. They have so many incredibly good and healthy products that it is very hard to choose but I have NEVER tried anything of theirs that is not outstanding!! Probably one of my favorite brands. Amys

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Dogs, Pepperoni, Salami, and Bologna- I like this brand a lot for the lunch meat and hot dog substitutes. I have not eaten their veggie crumbles, brats, or veggie chicken but they are on my list to try. Yves

Quorn Naked Cutlets and Turk’y Roast-These are hands down the best meatless alternatives when it comes to a meatless chicken breast or meatless Turkey roast. I make the Turk’y roast on holidays and it is amazingly simple and delicious! Sometimes I have to double check the box to make sure it really is meatless .lol. They have other products as well like a Gruyere meatless chicken breast and it is beyond words good! Quorn

Tofu-Believe it or not I have not I have not even come close to mastering making good tofu even though I have been a vegetarian for 20 plus years. I don’t know why but I can’t seem to make it to where I like it. I do know the extra firm tofu is the best as far as taste. If you have any recipes that are easy (that’s the key word-easy) let me know! I am forever trying to find a way to make good tofu or I would settle for even edible at this point.

LightLife Smart Deli-I love their faux turkey and ham deli meat!

Tofurky- Great meatless turkey lunchmeat and jerky, also a tofuky roast and gravy. Very good.

Now, I also eat tons of fresh (try for organic when I can afford it) veggies and fruits, lentils, black beans, whole grain breads, hummus and well of course chocolate and Cheetos (we all have to splurge). I don’t really care for milk or eggs but if eating eggs only do the organic, cage free where the chickens are treated kindly and not pumped full of antibiotics and other unhealthy things as well as either soy milk or Organic milk. I am sure that I have forgotten some things but I think above gives you a good idea of some delicious meat alternatives. I think I’m off for a piece of triple chocolate cake now-all this healthy talk is making me crave some sugar balance:)

Heidi

7 comments:

betchai said...
i love all those you mentioned, they taste actually better than meat :)

here's a very simple way of making tofu: pan fry until golden brown. then, sautee garlic and onion, add vegetarian stir-fry sauce, if you like spicy, you can add chilli sauce to the vegetarian stir-fry sauce, a little bit sesame oil, then stir the tofu :) actually i too look for various other ways to make tofu :) i love to mix extra firm tofu in my veggies.
3s said...
I love MorningStar and AMy's too! Great help!
Thanks for the tofu recipe! I am going to try it this weekend!
Willy said...
Your picture about all animals having the same parts is interesting. Willy is familar with the parts of a cow but this picture is much more interesting than studying the parts of a cow.

Just saying.

10-4 Willy
VetTech said...
This is a great list Heidi, I have often thought about going vegetarian for ethical reasons. I wonder though that by the time they go through all the processes to makes these taste like meat subsitutes, if these products are any healthier than high quality organic meat and poultry.. Do you ever worry about the franken-food aspect?
SWUBIRD said...
Heidi:

Those are all excellent suggestions. And to top it off, one only has to look at your pictures to see the affects of a good diet and clean living. Well done.

I don't eat much meat. I was raised on steaks, macho rare and all that stuff. But now I'm mostly on the straight and narrow. I like veggies and eat as many as I can.

One day several years ago I read a book titled Fit For Life. It changed my life forever. Now I don't like to be the guy on a soapbox yelling out my personal advice, but in this case, maybe your friend should pick up a copy of the book. In less than tree hundred pages, it could literally extend his life. And that, my friend, is good advice.

You're looking good.

Happy trails.
Ginny said...
Thanks for the list. I'm going to try Boca's Flame Grilled Meatless Burgers. Sounds yummy!

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