The most difficult thing about switching to a plant-based diet is, of course, not eating meat. It’s been a struggle for me to find something to put on the plate to replace the steak, chicken, sausage, and the like. I’ve realized now that the meat doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced and you can have a delicious, nutritious, filling meal without any major solid protein component on the plate. However, the psychological attachment to having a meat item is difficult to get over and I still find myself craving a big chunk of protein, and one can only eat so much tofu.
Thankfully, my vegan co-worker introduced me to a brand called Field Roast that you can find in the “meat alternatives” section of any Whole Foods. Their stuff is legitimately delicious – spicy mexican-style and italian sausages, a “celebration loaf” that tastes like pot roast, and a pretty damn good attempt at recreating a meat loaf. Any of the roasts can be baked, sauteed, eaten cold on a salad, or sliced up in a sandwich.
The products aren’t heavily processed like some of the fake meat stuff out there that literally makes me gag. It’s also made by a tiny company up in Washington state, so it’s not a subsidiary of a huge processed food corporation. Moreover, the stuff is pretty affordable. Meat eaters, try one of the sausages. Yes, you’ll be able to tell the difference between it and real sausage, but I can guarantee you’ll like it.