Vegan Meats

Jane's having a tougher time than I am regarding the transition to vegan "meats." We laugh that she has more discerning taste buds than I do, but in reality, she ate meat longer than I did. We've been "semi-vegetarians" for years, eating only chicken and fish. But every once in a while Jane would have a cheeseburger, or pork chop, especially at her family gatherings. In any event, she held off a bit before trying vegan meat alternatives thinking that the more time she had between "real" meat and vegan meat, the more likely she was to accept it.

She's tried wheat gluten versions of meat at some of the vegan restaurants we've been too. I love them all. She's found them to be hit or miss.

Since it's been brutally hot lately, we've been having salad and sandwiches for dinner a lot. Jane has been pleasantly surprised with both the Yves Vegan Salami and the Vegan Meat (which we think resembles bologna).

We're still holding off on trying the vegan cheeses, although we have some in our fridge (no casein!). Cheese is one of the harder non-vegan things for us to let go of. There's a recipe in one of our vegan cookbooks that claims to have a really good cheddar cheese alternative from scratch, but we're both skeptical. I'll let you know when we've worked up the courage to try that one!



  1. If you and your wife like the Yves ‘lunch meats’, I’d suggest trying out this recipe for the Seitan O’ Greatness:
    My husband and I made some for the first time yesterday and the texture is dense like the Yves. I added some McKay’s Beef style seasoning ( and some smoke sauce ( and we really liked it a lot. It reminded me of mildly spicy and meaty lunchmeat (something I miss from time to time). Hubby asked me later if we had the stuff to make another batch so he could have more on hand for later. 🙂

  2. Hi Veggie Tofu,
    Thanks for the link…. Jane has been looking around at seitan recipes. She also believes boiling it doesn’t result in the best tasting seitan, so this is definitely something she’ll try.

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