Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music? It’s where I get today’s blog title. With the advent of vegetarianism entering my meat eaters life, I began to realize two things. The first is, living without meat and meat by-products isn’t as hard or easy as it sounds, and second meat substitutes are OK, but vegetables and alternative sources of protein are much better for you!
So in my quest to help my husband reach his goal of being the worlds fattest vegetarian (Joking of COURSE!) I have found some really tried and true products that allow me to keep him vegetarian and well fed, and don’t make me miss meat at all! Here are several of my tried and true products, and a few sources of where to find them, along with a few “can’t live without” kitchen items that I would truly be lost without!
Quorn is a product that I have become completely addicted to. You can find their website here: http://www.quorn.us/ or here: http://www.quorn.com/ . Their products are not soy based, but made from Mycoproteins, which are a kind of fungus, similar to mushrooms. And I can tell you, they’re delicious! They come in chicken and beef styles, and everything from cutlets with goat cheese and cranberries to meatballs. They’re out of this world, and we eat them at least twice a week!
Our two favorites are the cranberry and goat cheese cutlets and Quorn roast, which is what Tim eats for holidays.
Believe it or not, Meijer in Michigan is very vegetarian friendly, and they have these fantastic soy products called “Gardein”, they have BBQ chicken wings, beef tips, which I use for a fast stew in the cooler weather. They have a website too (http://www.gardein.com/index.php), and tons of options, that are all super good!
There is another product, we get it at Whole Foods, called Match. It’s a sort of raw ground meat type product, it comes in beef, chicken and sausage flavors, and it seriously tastes and looks like ground meat. I make faux chicken cutlets with it, and hamburgers. It’s really delicious, and a soy based product. They do have a website, to find where their products are sold near you: http://matchmeats.com/wp1/
We do use several other “meat replacement” products. TIm loves the Tofurky products (http://www.tofurky.com/), I don’t particularly like them, they don’t really agree with me. His favorite, after the famous Tofurky roast is brats and now they can be grilled, which is pretty sweet when you’re going to a BBQ.
We have a local restaurant that I may have mentioned before, Brooklyn Street Local (http://brooklynstreetlocal.com/), and they make this uniquely Canadian dish called poutine. It’s french fries, cheese curd and beef gravy, sounds odd, but it’s delicious! They make a vegetarian version that Tim loves with mushroom gravy. They also make a traditional diner breakfast, with tempeh bacon, which we have now found! It’s admittedly NOT bacon, but if you like the smokey flavor, this will hit the spot. Much better than the faux bacon strips that look like pink and white communion wafers….
There are many other things that I adore, although right now, I have an obsession with a juicer we got. It’s bright yellow and sunny looking, and juices citrus like a breeze:
However, my very old friend, the wooden reamer has to do for larger citrus, like large oranges and grapefruit:
I am in the process of getting more blog posts put together, so I won’t be posting so sporadically, upcoming is the promised tomato gazpacho, and a really lovely desert my cousin Petula taught me to make that they called “Wellington Squares”. I recently found a version of it in a New Zealand blog I have been following. Maybe this favorites will be a quarterly thing, not sure yet, but I love giving people options that they may not have known on, or wouldn’t have tried if they hadn’t heard of it.
Happy Fall everyone, the weather here in Detroit seems to have turned, I hope for the cooler side of things!
PS: Look at what Tim brought me back from Hungary! YUMMY!!