Whether you’re a vegetarian, a vegan, or you’re just trying to cut back on your carnivorous habits, Impossible Meat and Beyond Meat are pretty darn close to the real thing. They look like meat, have the same texture and are almost indistinguishable from their authentic counterparts.
These two meat substitutes, which are made out of things like pea protein, coconut oil, soy, potato protein and heme, are both gluten-free and may be ideal for eaters with sensitive stomachs and those on a diet. They still pack in the protein, which means you won’t be hungry after chowing down on them.
Thankfully, Impossible Meat and Beyond Meat are also super versatile and easy to use in your cooking. If you want to experiment with these fake meat products, here are some recipes to get started.
Impossible Meat Meatloaf
So we know that meatloaf is a little… 1950s. But hear us out: On a cold winter evening, you’ll definitely want some comfort food, and this Impossible Meat meatloaf will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Just get some of the meat substitute, breadcrumbs, onion powder, ketchup and a few other ingredients, bake the meatloaf and pair it with mashed potatoes or vegan mac and cheese for a comfort food bonanza.
Beyond Meat Meatballs
In this recipe from Bohemian Vegan Kitchen, you can combine Beyond Meat with spinach, cracker crumbs, onion and garlic to create yummy meatballs. Pair it with some fresh pepper and a pasta alternative, like quinoa pasta, and you can have a healthy and delicious Italian dinner right at home.
Beyond Meat Tacos
Want something to spice up Taco Tuesday? Then try these Beyond Meat tacos. You can pair your “meat” with corn, guacamole, fake cheese and/or sour cream, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes to round out your vegan fiesta.
Impossible Meat Bolognese
Another Italian treat you’ll enjoy is Impossible Meat Bolognese. You can make it on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot and pair the “meat” with an onion, a stalk of celery, red wine, garlic cloves and some other tasty ingredients you’ll find in the recipe.
Beyond Meat Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is simple to make and will leave you feeling quite satisfied. This Beyond Meat recipe includes butter and milk, but you can always swap it out for a milk substitute like soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk as well as margarine. You’ll also need potatoes, of course, and an onion, tomato paste, chives, garlic and frozen peas and corn to make it healthier.
Impossible Meat Chili
A nice bowl of chili is hearty and filling, and you don’t need to use real meat to make it tasty. Get out your Instant Pot for this Impossible Meat chili recipe, which calls for onion, vegetable broth, tomato paste, garlic and a surprising dash of cinnamon. Don’t forget the hot sauce!