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Meat Substitutes

There’s lots of great products that can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. Here’s what to look out for, including a few of the major brands found in New Zealand.

Bean Supreme

Bean Supreme is available from most supermarkets in the fridge section. Their range includes tofu, burger patties and sausages in variety of flavours. Watch out for dairy and egg in some products.

Blissful

Blissful puts out a huge range of meat-like substitutes. Available in Asian supermarkets. Watch out for dairy and egg in some products.

Fry’s

Fry’s Vegetarian Delights are available in the frozen department at most supermarkets. They offer a tasty range of traditional western fare such as pies, schnitzel, burgers, chicken-free nuggets and sausages.

Gardein

Gardein’s line of meat-free foods are available in the frozen department at some supermarkets. They offer tasty meatless options like chicken, fishless fish, sliders, BBQ wings, porkless bites, meat-free mince and more.

Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney meat-free products are found in the frozen department of some supermarkets. The range include pies, sausages, sausage rolls, mince and burgers. Watch out for dairy and egg in some products.

Quorn

Quorn is available in the frozen department at most supermarkets. They offer a range of quick, delicious chicken alternatives, such as Quorn Vegan Schnitzel and Quorn Vegan Nuggets.

Sanitarium

Sanitarium produce some canned mock meats like ‘Nutolene’ and other products you can find in the chiller. Watch out for egg and dairy in some products.

Sanitarium

Sanitarium produce some canned mock meats like ‘Nutolene’ and other products you can find in the chiller. Watch out for egg and dairy in some products.

Vegie Delights

Vegie Delights has a range of meat-free products available in the fridge, freezer and shelf sections with options like meat-free deli slices, schnitzels, hot dogs, burgers, mince and more. Available at most supermarkets and health food stores.

Tofu

A versatile food made from soy beans that comes in a variety of textures. It’s high in protein, low in fat and a great addition to stir-fries, curries and wraps. You’ll find marinated tofu, silken tofu and tofu blocks in the supermarket. You can even find more interesting varieties at Asian supermarkets. Here’s what you need to know to be a tofu-pro:

  • Firm tofu is used in savoury dishes and is often marinated in soy sauce, ginger, garlic, chilli, and fried.
  • Silken tofu is very soft and smooth. This can be used in baking and desserts.
  • Smoked tofu is dense and lightly smoked. Perfect for salads!
  • Fried tofu is often found as triangles and is ready-cooked with a chewy texture. Add to stir fries and Thai curries.
  • Tofu puffs are also ready-fried, they are light and puffy – perfect for fragrant noodle soups and Malaysian cooking.
  • Marinated tofu is delicious. Use in Asian dishes – or use your imagination!

Tempeh

Tempeh is made from fermented soy beans and is similar to tofu, but with a ‘meatier’ taste. Perfect on a burger or in a salad as tempeh ‘bacon.’

TVP

TVP (textured vegetable protein) is available in the bulk bins section of supermarkets, health food shops, and Asian and Indian stores. It’s a mince-like form of protein with a chewy texture.

Seitan

Made from wheat and flavoured with natural spices, this is a tasty alternative to tofu.

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