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yasha
Oct 30th, 2006, 12:32 AM
What do you long-time vegans think of these meat replacers? Having only been vegan a month, I have eaten them a couple of times what I get a craving for a taste of the food I used to consume like... bbq or a hot dog or whatever.(Basically, when I am craving something I have not figured out how to mimick with my own cooking.)

Do you consider these items to be "vegan junk food" or an acceptable meal every now and then when you're having a weak moment? http://www.lightlife.com/index.html


as far as the amy's stuff goes, I mean just the vegan ones.
http://www.amyskitchen.com/

twinkle
Oct 30th, 2006, 12:48 AM
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Do you consider these items to be "vegan junk food" or an acceptable meal every now and then when you're having a weak moment? http://www.lightlife.com/index.html
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If I had options like those lightlife ones I'd probably have them every so often, they look like they'd be yummy.

I don't think there's anything wrong with meat subs or pre-prepared food as part of a balanced diet (not just in a "weak moment"!). I've been vegan 9 years (10 come February) and I probably have some form of fakey meat on average 2-3 times a week - sometimes far less, sometimes far more (like if I've just picked up a bargain pack of sausages from the vegan festival :D )

They add protein, they don't cause animal suffering... okay, so lentils and beans are a cheaper form of protein, but I don't see anything wrong with subs - they add variety :)

Tigerlily
Oct 30th, 2006, 01:10 AM
I don't see anything with meat subsitutes either. As long as they aren't the basis for your diet, they add yummy variety. A lot are also fortified with vitamins like iron and B12, so that's a bonus.

I don't know how often I eat them. I'm more into the imitation dairy products (yogurt, sour cream, etc). I do eat them once in a while, though.

DancingWillow
Oct 30th, 2006, 02:03 AM
i think that meat substitutes are perfect if you miss the taste of meat. some of them taste so much like meat. actually, that's the reason why i personally can't stand the taste of them, but if you like them, i see no problem with them.

since i don't eat meat substitutes, i don't know much about them, but one thing to consider is: are they too processed? i wouldn't eat them too much, but it sounds like you only eat them once in a while, so all should be well:)

Roxy
Oct 30th, 2006, 03:47 AM
I don't mind meat substitues and use them fairly often. I donate blood once every couple of months also, and I find them a great way of upping my iron intake, which is very important. The ones I eat (Yves) are also a good source of protein and B vitamins.

Tigerlily
Oct 30th, 2006, 03:47 AM
DW, some are more processed than others. Don't be afraid of long ingredient lists, though. Most are just fancy names for the vitamins they are fortified with.

I don't know if you can get SOL products in the USA but they seem to be less procesed than Boca or Yves, for example.

DancingWillow
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:12 AM
thanks Tigerlily. i've never looked for SOL products, because i don't really like meat substitutes (not just because of the fact that they're processed). but i might try some at some point...who knows, i might find one that doesn't taste/look/feel too much like real meat and that i actually like.

Tigerlily
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:22 AM
In that case, you might like tempeh burgers. Have you ever tried them? They also make "veggie patties" made with real vegetables rather than soy meat.

DancingWillow
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:32 AM
i've had tepeh, but not tempeh burgers. and i've never tried veggie patties, but they sound like they might be good. they don't taste like meat, do they?

Tigerlily
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:37 AM
No, not all. They taste like...hmm...like the vegetables in it the patty!

DancingWillow
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:42 AM
good! then, i'll look for them on my next trip to the grocery store.

Mermaid07
Oct 30th, 2006, 06:01 AM
Veggie pattys are the best!! They don't taste like meat at all! It is a mixture of veggies and sometimes rice. They sell them at trader joe's.

veggiegirl3
Oct 30th, 2006, 10:53 AM
Amy's veggie burgers are made with walnuts, veggie's, and grains, I think. THe California Burgers don't taste like meat at all and are great. The Texas burgers don't either, except for the barabequed flavor that often goes on meat (like BBQ meat). It reminds me a little of meat for that reason. Both are really good though, and good for you.

I eat meat subs probably once a week on average. I don't crave meat, but sometimes I do crave the protien in them, so I'll have one. They are high in protien. The drawback might be that they're probably high in sodium. I think it'd be fine to eat them any time you wanted, not just in a "weak moment." (Though they'd be good for that too!)

yasha
Oct 30th, 2006, 12:41 PM
I don't really crave meat, I guess it's just my body & taste buds adjusting to the new changes in my diet. At times I guess my buds are like.. wait where's all the old flavors you used to let me taste?!

twinkle
Oct 30th, 2006, 02:29 PM
You'll just have to overwhelm them with lots of NEW foods! :)

I went out and bought a lot of things I'd never tried before after I turned vegan so nobody could accuse me of reducing the choice of things I had to eat - for instance, have you tried:

Durian
Star fruit
Tempeh
Truffles (the mushroom things... come to that, how many types of mushrooms have you tried?)
Asparagus
Jerusalem Artichokes
etc. etc.

:D

(you may scoff all of the above every day, and have done so since birth, but I bet there are plenty of things you haven't tried... :) )

applepie
Oct 30th, 2006, 03:29 PM
I ate Quorn every now and then when I was vegetarian, but I have not had any fake meat since going vegan. The thought of eating something which is made to look - and possibly taste - like meat grosses me out. I don't really see the point of not wanting to eat meat but then have mock duck or something like that. Maybe that's over the top, but I can't get myself to touch that sort of stuff.

Tigerlily
Oct 30th, 2006, 03:36 PM
I think the point is that you may still like the taste of meat but do not support the cruelty behind it.

yasha
Oct 30th, 2006, 04:31 PM
I think the point is that you may still like the taste of meat but do not support the cruelty behind it.

yes ma'm.

I have never been a big meat eater and I am sure with time that I will no longer crave cheese or the taste of certain other foods. However, the main reason for my opting to go vegan is due to the cruelty that animals endure for their fur, hide, meat, eggs or milk -whatever it may be. Also, I wanted some of the health perks that come along with being vegan.;)

lvhockhart
Oct 31st, 2006, 03:59 AM
I stopped eating meat after having been face-to-face with a creature that became someone's dinner, not because I didn't like meat. I still want those foods that I used to enjoy. The difference is that now I have a Boca Burger with Vegenaise, lettuce, tomato and onion on a whole wheat bun instead of a Whopper from BK; or I put Morningstar Farms Chick'n Strips on my salad instead of actual chicken breast. Each of us is different, we have different tastes, different comfort foods, and different things that we will or will not like. I don't think that eating meat substitutes is bad or makes me "less vegan" than someone who doesn't use them (as long as the subs are vegan, something to watch closely). It allows me to enjoy things that I grew up liking without causing another animal to suffer. My advice is, if you like meat subs, eat them ... if not, then don't. As long as you're getting proper nutrients and not hurting anything or anyone else, you're fine.

Haniska
Oct 31st, 2006, 05:07 AM
I don't like the veggie burgers you generally get at restaraunts but I get them sometimes when they are the only vegan option besides salad. I guess I'd rather eat something that tastes like beef than have people think I am weird but I debate my reasoning as I am eating it. Love fake chicken stuff though!

fiamma
Oct 31st, 2006, 11:22 PM
I don't think they're bad, everything in moderation. I think they're good to have on hand for times when you maybe don't have the time or energy to cook. I'm not too fond of them personally because they taste too processed. I get the impression that certain vegans view tham as "unvegan" or second-rate substitutes for "real" vegan foods like legumes and veggies. I don't think that's true, I just think it's healthier to go with natural ingredients wherever possible.

howdawg
Nov 1st, 2006, 12:30 AM
Sorry, just saw this.. Do you like the Durian????


You'll just have to overwhelm them with lots of NEW foods! :)

I went out and bought a lot of things I'd never tried before after I turned vegan so nobody could accuse me of reducing the choice of things I had to eat - for instance, have you tried:

**Durian**
Star fruit
Tempeh
Truffles (the mushroom things... come to that, how many types of mushrooms have you tried?)
Asparagus
Jerusalem Artichokes
etc. etc.

:D

(you may scoff all of the above every day, and have done so since birth, but I bet there are plenty of things you haven't tried... :) )

twinkle
Nov 1st, 2006, 01:17 AM
Sorry, just saw this.. Do you like the Durian????


I'm ashamed to say I'm scared of the Durian :o - I've tried everything else on that list, but I've only seen durian on sale in my local Chinese supermarket and never had the guts to buy one, because I heard they taste delicious but smell like death, and the ones they had were huge, and I was always lacking ready cash when I saw them.

I just mentioned it because it's something not that many people seem to have tried.

howdawg
Nov 1st, 2006, 04:08 AM
Haha I used to eat Durian in China.. They LOVE it!! They told me you have to eat it three times.. plug your nose if you must, but after you've had it three times, you'll LOVE IT!!!! I tried it three times, and can honestly tell you that I do not love it! It smells sooo bad, and has been banned from most hotels and even airlines!! I would try it if I were you though, you may fall in love! Good luck!

fiamma
Nov 4th, 2006, 03:00 PM
I want to try natto - is it anything like tempeh?