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    In my City (495,000 people) being Vegan is easy, most restaurants will have Vegan and Vegetarian. The other day we visited at a small beach town restaurant, not Vegan but the chef is Vegan so choosing a plant base option is very good, her Vegan food is amazing. On the menu was the famous "Beyond Burger", I got that with a Caesar salad which was beyond a regular Caesar salad and the burger bun was gluten free the top loaded with seeds and a special coleslaw, like nothing I've ever had, Fantastic!

    I'm not looking for a burger that is just like meat when I have a "Beyond Burger", just something better than the factory soy type burger which have a strange taste to me. You can get a "Beyond Burger" at the Canadian fast food A&W (not the same as in America) Most actual vegan places make their burgers from scratch.

    Home lunch today is a Vegan sausage on Nann bread, I split the sausage down the middle and butterfly then fry both sides. Just trying a brand that is very well stocked in our supermarket, "Gusta" Montrealaise flavour, made in Canada, a wheat protein (gluten) base product with 22g protein.

    We buy Sprouted Tofu often and this week have "Tofurkey" Tempeh.

    I notice a trend toward pea protein instead of what was soy, some cereals now have pea protein.

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    I'm tending to make my own Seitan rather than buying frozen now. I'm in the UK and whilst Veganism is on the rise I find the premade stuff to be quite expensive. A little while ago I was missing an old meat product (only vegan 2 years) and wondered if there was a vegan version but alas I couldn't find anything (not much call for plant based Corned beef 😂) so I tried YouTube and discovered an incredible lady who makes pate, beefless seasoning for Ramen/soup, brisket, meat subs to die for. Connie's Rawsome Kitchen. I tell every vegan I meet because it was a gamechanger for me. One day I'll manage to veganise a Kiev. One day 😉

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      #3
      I used to like the canned corned beef with scrambled eggs. me wife and I are no longer vegan but eat lots of plant base. generally eat fresh turkey, ground, burgers and sausage, found a company that has real good turkey meat.

      I did vegan challenge strictly for 6 months but lost strength even though I was researching many vegan athletes, then the next 6 months added fish, cheese and eggs. I was strange buying meat again after a year, processed meat is horrible and stick to fresh. We sometimes have a small sirloin tipsteak.

      When I was vegan and still working construction my weight dropped to 136lbs at 5' 8", was 145 and now 150 but have some belly fat so may have to lose some weight. Now retired not so active, do workout and walk a lot.


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        #4
        Bought some Gardein Turk'y Cutlets and thought they was very nice. The Canadian version has 17g protein for 2, the American has 22g for 2, maybe the Canadian one's are smaller. Comes with a little pack of gravy.

        https://www.gardein.com/products/turky-cutlet/
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          #5
          If you ARE looking for a vegan burger that tastes just like meat, there's the Impossible Burger. It's almost disturbing. https://impossiblefoods.com/

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            #6
            In Canada you can get Beyond Burger which is somewhat like beef, haven't seen the Impossible Burger here. I had a chickpea burger the other day from a restaurant that was delicious.

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              #7
              I find that fresh mushrooms have a nice meaty texture.. I use them to make ramen broth as well as for pizza toppers
              I also like the gelatin in flax and chia seeds... Makes for good binding when I make my beanpaste patties and meat(less) balls (I also put wet chia seeds in a cauldron full of candy frogs on Halloween to freak out little kids)

              I'm not a vegan, but I've come to love a lot of vegan recipes over time...

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                #8
                Originally posted by OJJJEM View Post

                I'm not a vegan, but I've come to love a lot of vegan recipes over time...
                Same here, I went full vegan for 6 months then vegetarian for another 6. Many friends are vegan/vegetarian. I've tried it in the past but nowadays it's everywhere, so easy and makes for healthy variety.

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                  #9
                  Saw and bought the Beyond Meat ground beef substitute and used it in a pasta dish. It was pretty good and had a good chewy texture, nice flavour.

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                    #10
                    My family isn't technically vegan, but most of our diet (about 85%) is plant-based. We eat eggs and fish, I still eat poultry sometimes. We started because my daughter is really allergic to milk. We cook a lot of Asian foods because they're very budget friendly and easy to tailor to plant-based and healthy eating. I've been experimenting with making seitan, vegan sausages, vegan cheeses, etc.

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                      #11
                      Tempeh crumble on taco salad tonight.

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