I’ve been a vegetarian for about a year now and in my all food meat-less search, I’ve had my fair share of challenges finding foods that don’t taste bland or like cardboard. I’ve come across some things that have been amazingly delicious and also … pretty gross. Here are a few I’ve tried or heard of that I thought I’d share with you. Note that this is just my personal opinion and I have not been approached by any of these food manufacturing companies for a review or endorsement.
My friend Alisa mentioned these to me. Her brother-in-law ironically went vegetarian just about the same time as I did and has been faced with the same family get-together challenges, i.e. we have to pretty much bring our own food if we want to eat something other than bread and potato salad (and he’s lucky; at least his potato salad doesn’t include bacon). He had brought these Quorn Chik’n Patties to a barbecue to share with her and she could not stop raving about them. I decided to give them a try and have to absolutely agree. I love these! I used to be envious of my children and their little chicken nuggets that I bake for them — well not no mo! The wonderful thing is that Quorn has a large line-up of products and I can’t wait to try something new when I’m done with my Chik’n Patties!
My friend Allen is also a vegetarian and he and I have on several occasions talked about vegetarian protein options. He had found some Soy chorizos (aptly named SoyRizo) that he really liked and recommended. (I do miss having a nice sausage in a breakfast burrito.) My rotten luck though, I can’t find these in my local stores. I’m going to have to look for them again. Maybe someone else has requested them and they’ve now been stocked nearby. (I was just watching a recent episode of Mexican Made Easy on the Food Network and the host for that show, Marcela Valladolid, actually mentioned Soyrizo in her episode as the vegetarian chorizo option!)
In my attempt to find a decent substitute I found this one… I wanted to like it, but I was sadly disappointed. Way too spicy. I tried the Mexican Chipotle. And mind you, I’m Latin and so have a pretty good tolerance for spicy. This one was just too spicy, even for me. There aren’t very many vegetarian sausages so I wouldn’t rule out trying their Smoked Chicken Apple Vegetarian Sausage or the Italian Sausage. That Italian one looks pretty darn tasty.
Do you have a favorite vegetarian product that you’d recommend I try? I’m always looking for something new. Please drop me a comment or email!