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Mock Meat and Dairy Recipes

Some vegetarians avoid mock meat and cheese recipes, while others swear by them. If you’re in the latter category, or if you’re just interested in trying some vegetarian and vegan versions of typical dishes, take a look at these mock meat and dairy recipes.

mock meat recipesMock Meat Recipes

Vegan bacon“Bacon”
Thin slices of smoky eggplant make a delicious alternative to bacon.

Barbecued Seitan “Ribs”
How meaty can ribs made from vegan-friendly seitan really be? Try this recipe – you might be surprised!

“Beef” Bourguignon
Although time-consuming, this is an easy and very delicious recipe for mock beef bourguignon made with either seitan or tempeh.

“Beef” Stew
A rich, thick stew made with seitan and lots of good veggies. It’s especially tasty served with hot French bread on a cold night.

Vegetarian stroganoff“Beef” Stroganoff
I just love this pasta dish: a creamy sauce with mushrooms and chunks of mock meat.

Cheese “Steak”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is famous for its cheese steak sandwiches. Now you too can get a taste of this wonderful, hearty sandwich.

Tofu chicharronesChicharrones
Chicharrones are bits of deep-fried pork belly much beloved in Latin America. This adaptation offers veg*ns the same greasy, chewy goodness.

“Lamb” Curry
This mock lamb curry is made with seitan and is spicy and delicious.

Eggplant meatballs“Meat”balls
Mock meatballs are usually made with tofu or tempeh, but this unique recipe uses eggplant and walnuts to great effect.

Mock meatloaf“Meat” Loaf
A healthy, delicious veggie "meat"loaf made with lentils.

Make a big batch of vegetarian mincemeat so that you can make a few pies and have some left over to serve with ice cream, custard, pudding, or crêpes. You can also can or freeze it for later.

Mock pastrami"Pastrami"
Sweet and tangy marinated tofu makes a fine fake pastrami. Serve it with quinoa or rice, or thinly slice for sandwiches.

If you miss the taste of chopped liver, give this vegetarian pâté a try. You might even be able to fool your non-veggie friends.

Vegan sausage“Sausage”
This is a delicious, protein-packed, vegetarian breakfast side dish.

Taco walnut meatTaco Walnut "Meat"
Walnuts ground up with spices make a delicious, raw filling for tacos.

Veggie burgersVeggie Burgers
These vegetarian/vegan burgers, made with lentils, are healthy, low-fat, and delicious.

Wheat meat and potatoesWheat Meat and Potatoes
The ultimate in hearty, down-home cooking: (wheat) meat and potatoes.

mock chickenMock Chicken Recipes

Cashew seitanCashew "Chicken"
I was never a huge fan of Chinese food, but one dish I did like was cashew chicken. With some tinkering, I came up with a quick and easy seitan version.

“Chicken” Chow Mein
Mock chicken chow mein (made with seitan) doesn’t take long to prepare, but it does require quite a bit of cooking.

Mock chicken salad“Chicken” Salad
This simple tempeh salad really does resemble chicken salad. It’s great in sandwiches or atop a green salad.

Mock chicken"Chicken" Seitan
A moist, tender seitan that makes a perfect chicken substitute in just about any recipe.

“Chicken” Teriyaki
A mix of seasoned, roasted vegetables and seitan. Serve it with rice or noodles for a delicious vegan meal.


mock fish and seafoodMock Fish and Seafood Recipes

“Crab” Cakes
Delectable “crab” cakes made with tempeh and served with sherry sauce.

New England “Clam” Chowder
This is a rich and delicious vegetarian alternative to New England clam chowder.

Oven-fried mock catfishOven-Fried "Catfish"
Spicy and crisp tofu, perfect for dipping into hot sauce or barbecue sauce.

Mock tuna salad“Tuna” Salad
A vegetarian “tuna” salad made with chickpeas, almonds, and seeds. Tuna fish was the very last meat that I gave up, and while this doesn’t taste exactly like tuna salad, it’s close enough that I don’t miss the real thing any more.

vegan cheeses and milksMock Cheese and Dairy Recipes

Vegan butterButter
Store-bought margarine is full of chemicals and other weird ingredients. Try making your own vegan butter instead – it acts just like the real thing, and tastes similar.

Cashew creamCashew Cream
Blend up cashews with water to replace cream in soups, sauces, and desserts.

Cashew Milk
Liquified cashews are a perfect substitute for milk in just about any soup, sauce, or baked goods.

Vegan cheese sauce"Cheese" Sauce
Here’s an easy and completely vegan recipe to help you deal with your cheese cravings.

Cottage “Cheese”
A combination of tofu, herbs, and barley turns into a vegan version of herbed cottage cheese.

Vegan cream cheeseCream “Cheese”
This vegan cream cheese recipe is perfect on bagels, sandwiches, or anything else that needs a creamy, mild spread.

Feta “Cheese”
Here is a delicious vegan substitute for feta cheese.

Mock parmesan cheeseParmesan “Cheese”
This is a terrific vegan parmesan “cheese” made from nutritional yeast and toasted sesame seeds.

Vegan ricotta cheeseRicotta “Cheese”
A creamy ricotta-style cheese made from cashews and tofu, perfect for rollatini and lasagna.

Vegan sour creamSour “Cream”
Creamy, savory, and just a bit sour – this thick tofu-cashew is perfect on potato pancakes and many Mexican dishes.

Soy milkSoy Milk
Making your own soy milk takes a little time, but it’s very easy, it will last for a week in the refrigerator, and you don’t need to worry about any additives.

mock eggsMock Egg Recipes

“Egg” Salad
If you don’t want to eat eggs for whatever reason but like the soft texture and pleasant taste of egg salad, try this tofu version.

Flax "Egg"
In baking, you can replace eggs with ground flaxseeds.

Vegan mayonnaise cheeseMayonnaise
Vegans have nothing to fear with this tofu mayonnaise.

Scrambled tofuScrambled “Eggs”
Although scrambled tofu doesn’t taste quite like scrambled eggs, it’s easy to make and can take any of the additions and toppings you’d would put in an omelette.


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