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The Lazy Vegetarian

Saturday

Fake "Ground Meat"

Several brands sell a soy mix that resembles and substitutes for cooked ground meat in recipes (although significantly healthier). My favorite is Morningstar Farms Grillers Burger Style Recipe Crumbles. I have also used and liked Boca Ground Burger and Lightlife Smart Menu Crumbles.

For most recipes, you use about 2 cups for 1 pound of ground meat.

Some easy ways to use:
  • Taco kit (even my son eats this)
  • Hamburger Helper (especially try the stroganoff version with the addition of small cans of mushrooms and green beans, very good, but high in salt)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Dirty Rice Mix
  • On top of frozen cheese pizza
  • Mixed into mac & cheese
Can also use in recipes, like:
  • Lasagna
  • Chili (I will be posting a super-easy chili recipe soon)
  • Goulash
  • Hash
  • Soups or Stews that use ground meat

19 comment(s):

I love Boca ground 'burger' - I think they are a great substitute to ground beef although they do taste a little different - but not bad. Great with spaghetti sauce - less than 30 minutes prep time for an entire meal (and cheap too).

Tanya
http://iateapie.net

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 PM  

Here's my favorite recipe for veggie "ground beef", which I found a while back on VeggieBoards.

1/2 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein)
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper
1 3-inch stick of Kombu
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups water

All you do is add everything to a saucepan and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the liquid is gone.

By Blogger Tracy, at 11:14 AM  

I love your blog!

For "ground beef", I make my TVP (also called TSP for Texturized Soy Protein) similar to the recipe Tracy included except with Tamari and I love my Kombu!

I also make a mean Seitan Roast which can be used in many ways - sliced, ground, chopped - just like a "roast beef".

By Blogger Chyrene Pendleton, at 1:20 PM  

I never had luck with TVP, but I only tried it once. I wish I could get it to be as good as the MSF crumbles, because TVP is a lot more economical.

The boca crumbles are good too but we're used to MSF. (not vegan(

My husband and kids prefer all the dishes I make with the MSF crumbles, versus regular meat. I have created a killer meat loaf recipe using them, and hubby won't even touch meat loaf now with ground beef.

One word of caution though, the hamburger helper kits sometimes have meat flavorings.. so if that's a concern be careful to read the labels carefully.

By Blogger Girl in Progress, at 7:57 PM  

What if the 'fake meat' was made out of flesh, would you eat it? Scientists think they will soon be able to grow meat in the Lab, without using any animals.

By Blogger veggiedude, at 5:14 PM  

I buy the Smart menu crumbles when I can find them because they dont use GMO soy like the other brands. Plus it's cheaper at Mrs. Greens natural market for $3.00 that equals 1 lb. of ground meat.

By Anonymous kat, at 8:13 AM  

If anyone is interested in a "Hamburger Helper" type mix, let me know. All you do is toss a few dry ingredients together and store it for future use. The stroganoff tastes just like Betty's version but doesnt have all the "crap" ingredients.

By Anonymous Kat, at 8:16 AM  

The meatless crumbles are also great in shepherd's pie! Before the crumbles came along, I've been craving a meat tasting meal for ages = )

By Anonymous Kat, at 8:53 AM  

oh! Try them with sloppy Joe mix on a bun! yummmmmm

By Anonymous Kat, at 8:54 AM  

FYI, Hamberger Helper stroganoff mix has beef fat in it.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 AM  

Hey! My first time checking this out. I'm about to hit 10 years as a veggie, but I *hate* vegetables, so the only way I've been able to get through it by eating massive amounts of fake meat. I agree that Morningstar is by FAR the best (and I've tried them all). However, I actually really prefer scrambling Grillers (original, not prime!) over the crumbles. For some reason, I just think it tastes better, the consistency is better, etc. Never really got into prime that much (can't really scramble it, tastes more fatty and sticks together). And I *really* don't like the vegan version (tastes nothing like meat no matter how many sauces you put on it). But Grillers original are a life saver. You can even dethaw them, mix them w/ crackers and an egg substitute, and make *amazing* meatballs.
e

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 PM  

Hey! My first time checking this out. I'm about to hit 10 years as a veggie, but I *hate* vegetables, so the only way I've been able to get through it by eating massive amounts of fake meat. I agree that Morningstar is by FAR the best (and I've tried them all). However, I actually really prefer scrambling Grillers (original, not prime!) over the crumbles. For some reason, I just think it tastes better, the consistency is better, etc. Never really got into prime that much (can't really scramble it, tastes more fatty and sticks together). And I *really* don't like the vegan version (tastes nothing like meat no matter how many sauces you put on it). But Grillers original are a life saver. You can even dethaw them, mix them w/ crackers and an egg substitute, and make *amazing* meatballs.
e

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 PM  

We are in our first year as vegetarians, so we are new at this.
What I would like is a meat loaf recipe made with the Boca ground meat. I love the meat on taco, spegetti sause and chili, but we miss a good meat loaf. Please help! thank you S & G.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:09 AM  

Doesn't Hamburger Helper mixes have a beef base to it?

That's not a true vegetarian item.

By Anonymous Christine, at 11:22 AM  

To anon looking for meatless loaf recipes. Check out these bocaburger.com and http://www.seeveggiesdifferently.com/home.aspx for good loaf recipes. I make the one on the boca website all the time.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:26 AM  

Good Job! :)

By Anonymous Sven, at 6:00 AM  

Whole Paycheck (errr... Whole Foods, that is) carries an organic version of Hamburger Helper that is both vegetarian (before you add the meat, that is) fantastic. I can't remember the brand name, but next time I'm there I'll 1) buy some, and 2) post the name.

I've been thinking about how good that would be -- it's kind of a comfort food texture, but I've been hesitant to try with faux meat... but I'm going to give it a shot. Perhaps a combination of Boca crumbles and the sausage-like ones... Mmmmmm...

By Blogger Jennie, at 2:51 PM  

well i want to become a veggie but im not sure what to get about it as its my first time im only 13 so what shall i do??????

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:04 AM  

I can't afford to buy the fake ground beef premade, so I am so excited to see Tracy's recipe for making homemade faux ground beef!! Thank you SO much!!!

By Blogger Mothergoose, at 7:18 PM  

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