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Vegan Meat Substitutes

Many companies are making it easier and easier to enjoy the taste without the pain and suffering, without the killing and bloodshed

Dozens of companies provide vegan alternatives to a large variety of meat products, proving that you can enjoy the taste without inflicting cruelty.

Anything by Gardein. This all-vegan company can’t do anything wrong. I guarantee you will love it all! Breakfast pockets, beef and chicken sliders, beef burger, gluten-free burger, beef and chicken strips, meatballs, several flavors of chicken filets, ground beef crumbles, BBQ riblets, meatloaf, fish fillets, chicken patties, nuggets and fingers, Sloppy Joe's, beef tips and skewers, BBQ pulled pork shreds, sausage patties, turkey cutlets and roasts, BBQ wings and buffalo wings!

Anything by Turtle Island Foods, the makers of Tofurky®. The oven-roasted, peppered, hickory-smoked, bologna, Italian and roast beef deli slices are simply phenomenal. They also have pepperoni slices, 3 pizzas, Italian sausage, beer bratwursts, kielbasa, franks, breakfast links, jerky, ground tofurky (ground beef and chorizo) and 4 flavors of tempeh strips (smoky maple bacon, sesame garlic, coconut curry and lemon pepper).

Beyond Meat is taking the world by storm! The chicken strips and beef crumbles are so meaty, they even fooled most of The Today Show crew in April 2014! And the burgers taste frighteningly just like cow-flesh. I guarantee you will love ‘em!

Anything by Sophie's Kitchen. They have breaded fish fillets, breaded shrimp, shrimp, calamari, squid, smoked salmon, canned tuna and prawns. The main ingredient is elephant yam root, also known as Konjac (pronounced KOUN-JAEK).

Anything by Sweet Earth. Their bacon is the best on the market. And the burritos are delicious! Check their site for many other vegan items as well!

The soy-free/gluten-free Adzuki Bean and World's Best Veggie Burger by Hilary's Eat Well. Check out the ingredients for the World's Best: Millet, quinoa, expeller-pressed coconut oil, spinach, onion, garlic, psyllium husk powder, arrowroot, sweet potato, real salt, apple cider vinegar and sunflower seed oil.

With so many delicious plant-based alternatives to meat products so easily available nowadays, there is simply no excuse not to go vegan!

Lightlife vegan products are fantastic! Check out the chik'n strips, steak strips, smart bacon, smoky tempeh bacon, pepperoni, plus the ham, bologna and turkey deli meats.

Yves has a huge selection of great-tasting vegan items: pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage patties, chicken and steak strips, ground beef and turkey crumbles, and bologna, ham, turkey, salami, roast beef and smoked chicken deli slices!

Stuffed Celebration Roast by Field Roast Grain Meat Co. This roast is made from wheat (seitan) and it's remarkable! I've only seen this at Whole Foods so far. They also have three flavors of amazing cheese slices (see the DAIRY segment below).

Anything by Five Star Foodies. They have a FANTASTIC soy-free/gluten-free vegan burger made with artichokes!

Match veggie meats are super good. They have beef, chicken, crab, pork and sausage.

Upton's Naturals has four insanely delicious, ready-to-eat wheat meats (seitan) in the following flavors: Ground beef, Italian sausage, Chorizo and traditional. Melissa's also has Soyrizo, a soy-based vegan chorizo.

Since there are so many new vegan items coming out on a monthly basis, I can no longer keep this section current. So start exploring and taste-testing all of these cruelty-free goods, and you will undoubtedly find the flavors and textures you are looking for.

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