Try swapping beef or pork mince for lentils. Lentils will bulk up your meal and make it nice and hearty with its filling quality. They are also a great source of plant-protein.
Yes, it’s a fruit, but jackfruit holds up incredibly well in meat recipes. Try it in pulled BBQ sandwiches or use it in stir-fries, where the sauce can counter some of the fruit’s natural sweetness.
Swap crunchy bacon for tempeh (it’s made from soybeans). You can flavour it using a marinade and slice it thinly for that extra bite and texture in your cooking.
They don’t taste exactly like steak, but don’t be surprised if some of your non-veggie friends actually prefer eating mushrooms to the steak. They have a nice meaty bite to them and just taste great when grilled.
Beans are a great option instead of beef as these versatile gems create a robust, meaty texture that even devoted meat eaters will love.
A lot of dishes benefit from swapping in cauliflower, including steak! Cauliflower steak might not resemble an actual steak, but its naturally mild flavor and tender texture can be transformed with a killer sauce, breading, or rub.
Eggplant has a pretty meaty texture, and makes for a good meat substitute. Try replacing beef with eggplant the next time you’re making burgers or a sandwich.
In addition to its many other uses, you can dip, fry, dry, or marinate tofu, rendering it quite the versatile food source when using to replace meat.
(Text: Erin Fisher, bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok)