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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.
Warm “bacon” contrasts nicely with crisp lettuce and ripe tomato, and makes a delicious, nutritious vegetarian / vegan sandwich.
Although time-consuming, this is an easy and very delicious recipe for mock beef bourguignon made with either seitan or tempeh.
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.
I just love this pasta dish: a creamy sauce with mushrooms and chunks of mock meat.
Here’s an easy and completely vegan recipe to help you deal with your cheese cravings.
“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.
This simple tempeh salad really does resemble chicken salad. It’s great in sandwiches or atop a green salad.
A mix of seasoned, roasted vegetables and seitan. Serve it with rice or noodles for a delicious vegan meal.
A combination of tofu, herbs, and barley turns into a vegan version of herbed cottage cheese.
Delectable “crab” cakes made with tempeh and served with sherry sauce.
This vegam cream cheese recipe is perfect on bagels, sandwiches, or anything else that needs a creamy, mildly sweet spread.
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.
Mock meatballs are usually made with tofu or tempeh, but this unique recipe uses eggplant and walnuts to great effect.
Here is a delicious vegan substitute for feta cheese.
This mock lamb curry is made with seitan and is spicy and delicious.
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.
New England “Clam” Chowder
This is a rich and delicious vegetarian alternative to New England clam chowder.
This is a terrific vegan parmesan “cheese” made from nutritional yeast and toasted sesame seeds.
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.
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.
Seitan Cheese “Steak”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is famous for its cheese steak sandwiches. Now you too can get a taste of this wonderful, hearty sandwich.
Although it doesn’t taste exactly like dairy sour cream, this vegan sour cream is just as delicious and has a lovely, thick
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.
Vegans have nothing to fear with this tofu mayonnaise.
Tofu and Tempeh “Sausage”
This is a delicious, protein-packed, vegetarian breakfast side dish.
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.
These vegetarian/vegan burgers, made with lentils, are healthy, low-fat, and delicious.
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