I have recently gone (mostly) vegetarian in order to lose some weight, and while I'm happy mostly sticking to steamed veggies and soup, I would l...

I have recently gone (mostly) vegetarian in order to lose some weight, and while I'm happy mostly sticking to steamed veggies and soup, I would like something a little more substantial in terms of chewing. So what is a good meat replacement in terms of texture and taste that ISN'T tofu or fake meat?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why can't you vegan's stop shoving your woke cult down our throats all the time? We were meant to be omnivores, facts don't care about your feelings. Why don't you come to my private property and see if you can take my steak with your cancel culture. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Kimbers are trash anymore. They went down hill like fifteen years ago.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >cult
      >drugs and a gun
      Yeah not projecting at all

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >We were meant to be omnivores
      Carnivores*. moron.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        True carnivores can't taste sugar.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      meds

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Seitan and tempeh.
    But honestly, if you're after the texture and taste of meat but ruling out "fake meat" you're gonna be unhappy. So either splurge on that once in a while or start making bean burritos or whatever. Though of course if weight loss is your goal you are better off staying away from it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >But honestly, if you're after the texture and taste of meat but ruling out "fake meat" you're gonna be unhappy
      Yeah, I don't mind an actual veggie burger, but the "plant-based" meat is just processed shit that is filled with salt and crazy expensive.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I am trying to lose weight. I just went the other way. Mostly meat and a little veg.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Frying cheese. Goes by different names. Halloumi, paneer, queso de freir. Doesn't melt when cooked. Has a bit of a squeaky texture but I really like it.

    Egg with any kind of savory vegetable like tomato or mushroom can be satisfying like meat.

    High percentage dark chocolate actually satisfies kind of like meat does since it has a high iron content. Not low calorie though, but if you get 85%+ the bitterness might dissuade you from eating too much.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >High percentage dark chocolate actually satisfies kind of like meat does since it has a high iron content.
      It's not so much the nutritional value that I'm focused on, more the feeling of sinking my teeth into something tough. I love the feeling of eating meat more than the taste, so that's what I've been missing most.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        One of the best options which may become pricey would to just stop buying food from the grocery market. Get your meat from an actual farm as well as produce. Ditch the pre-packaged chemical filled food product and eat normal. It's the secret additives that make you fat. Not the meat.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Get your meat from an actual farm as well as produce.
          Actually here in Aus our meat is pretty good about being just meat. The supermarkets making their profits but selling different fat levels in the meat (mainly mince), so the cheaper stuff is 20% fat, and then the leaner stuff is 5% and the price goes up accordingly. I used to live out in the country and one of our neighbours slaughtered his own meat, and really there wasn't much difference in quality, it was just EXTREMELY fresh because he brought the bags over the road and we stuck them straight in the freezer.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >It's the secret additives that make you fat.
          It's typically processed food that makes you fat. Refined carbs and refined oils specifically, and that's what most junk food is made up of.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        High percentage dark chocolate is pretty firm since it doesn't have as much sugar so it could satisfy for that reason too.

        Dried fruits like dates are a little tough and chewy.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You need to expand your use of grains and legumes.

    Adopting a vegetarian diet based out of a western meat centric diet is the problem. Look to sea vegetables for nutritional fulfillment over supplements. And if it's really weight loss and not anti-meat industry, inclusions of better forms of meat should be able to be introduced later with a lot of extra enjoyment.(consomme/pho) Eat cheese weekly or some kind of dairy or lard for b-12. Spices. Flavors. Dishes.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Root vegetables, squashes. You suck at this.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Starch is not a good substitute for protein.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Asked for “texture and taste”, not nutrition. Still, if you need more hand holding, mushrooms and eggplant. This really isn’t hard.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Asked for “texture and taste”, not nutrition. Still, if you need more hand holding, mushrooms and eggplant. This really isn’t hard.

      I've only just started this in the last couple weeks and so far every time I google recipes like "vegetarian satay" I just get ingredient lists recommending tofu, or fake meat.
      I cut some zucchini and added that to a dish the other day and that worked pretty well, gonna try frying it next.
      I've been having mushrooms as well, but I can't seem to get them to brown quickly without just going soggy. I would like to try chicken of the woods, but I'm in Aus and not sure how available that is here.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Expand your thinking to meat dishes that derive most of their flavor from sauces/spices. Meat generally has a pretty subdued flavor, so the ‘meat taste’ in heavily seasoned dishes is mostly just the seasoning.

        Example: barbecue. The reason I mentioned squashes is, if you don’t mind getting saucy, you can use it like a shredded meat, e.g. https://www.feastingathome.com/vegan-bbq-pulled-spaghetti-squash-sliders-with-pickled-onions/

        You’ll still have to filter out troony vegan food recipes though, because vegans are a cancer and ruin everything.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >vegan-bbq-pulled-spaghetti-squash
          I didn't read the link but fricking hell, that sounds absolutely horrible.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Spaghetti squash can be good depending on how it's prepared. BBQ sauce can be good. I'm open-minded about how they go together.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I love both but the idea of the two together seem as disparate as chocolate covered mushrooms. Just doesn't work in my mind but I'll take your word for it.

              Meals heavy on dairy and egg. Lots of milk to drink. Add a little bit of chocolate syrup or honey or something to the milk to get him to drink more. Make shakes with milk and protein powder plus whatever else he might like.

              >protein powder
              How fricking stupid am I that I forgot protein powder exists? He drinks milk daily as do his mother and I so this is really good advice, thanks.
              The doctor was just suggesting more meat or lentils, which seems impractical because we simply don't eat that much altogether.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >The doctor was just suggesting more meat or lentils, which seems impractical because we simply don't eat that much altogether.
                I struggle to eat much meat too and don't feel entirely satisfied from lentils, their protein content and quality isn't really that great. Though they're tasty.

                Protein-based desserts could be another good addition. Like a ricotta cheesecake (not cream cheese which is mostly fat), or egg and milk custards. You can reduce the amount of sugar in them if you want, or use something like honey which is a little healthier.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >desserts
                We don't do desserts much, either, except in holidays and the occasional but of chocolate. To put it into perspective, if we buy one if those big, break apart chocolate bars, it lasts us, the whole family, for weeks so that's not much an option, really. Thanks for the thought, tho.

                I don't cook the things, I was just warning OP given at the moment they're just throwing things in a steamer.

                >they're just throwing things in a steamer
                Oh, right. Fair enough.
                Pity OP is against tofu because well-pressed and air dried tofu has a nice, meaty texture and tastes good IMO even on its own.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Redpill me on tasty tofu. I've had it in various forms and it's always been various forms of mid. The flavour from what I've had is mild and not terribly interesting. Best when fried and coated in some kinda sauce, but it doesn't even soak in flavours like starches do. Also even the firm stuff is really soft and not that satisfying to chew.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >even the firm stuff is really soft
                That's not firm, then. We just had firm tofu for lunch a few hours ago. Extremely meaty texture. Try buying tofu in vacpack bags, not plastic trays with a film on it. The ones in vacpacks are always super firm. After, slice it and put it on a plate in the fridge for a day or two. As it sits, more moisture is lost, giving it an even firmer/meatier texture.
                As for the flavour being mid, I never understood that. Tofu certainly has an extremely noticeable texture. If you disagree, try soy free varieties and you'll immediately notice the flavour contrast.
                For how I prepared it for today's lunch, I did about l absolutely nothing special to it. Simply sliced it into cubes and simmered it in soup as part of a larger meal (rice, leaf broccoli with oyster sauce, carrot muchim, eggplants in chili sauce and tinned mackerel).
                There was a piece of tofu leftover that I just ate cold, no salt or anything as cook's privilege. Loved it.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >extremely noticeable texture
                extremely noticeable FLAVOUR, rather. Brainfarted right there

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >raw tofu
                god you must smell absolutely rank

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                No tofu can be raw, kiddo.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >you must smell
                Why would you guess that?

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >vegan/veggay
    ask your dr first, it may disrupt the function of your PReP meds

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What part of "mostly" did you asshats not get? I still eat meat on occasion (fish and rice for lunch some days, burgers or pizza if I'm hanging out with people), I'm just doing this to help lose a little extra weight. Don't project your homosexual mindset onto me because your reading comprehension sucks more ass than you do.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >that ISN'T tofu or fake meat?
    King oyster mushrooms.
    That said, I'm hijacking your thread to ask my own vegan/vegetarian related question:
    My family and I are meat eaters but I recently learned that our son should be getting more protein in his diet than he currently is. We don't even get that much, the missus and I, if the notion that I should be eating 100g of the stuff daily is correct (fricking how? how do you eat that much protein in a given day?!).
    Other than simply giving him meat at every meal, which I'm not exactly against but would prefer to avoid if possible, how can I help him get more protein into his diet? He's not underweight per se, but he's getting close to it, especially for his height (we're tall parents and I was a giant at his age so he's almost certainly going to be growing taller faster than the other kids).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Meals heavy on dairy and egg. Lots of milk to drink. Add a little bit of chocolate syrup or honey or something to the milk to get him to drink more. Make shakes with milk and protein powder plus whatever else he might like.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Peanut butter

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    start sauteeing and roasting mushrooms. Stuffing them, serving them on pasta, flatbreads, in sandwiches, in eggs, anything at all.

    To lose weight, you'd be better off for the satiety of lean proteins and meats, not eliminating them.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Shiitake mushrooms are chewy as frick, you can usually get a giant bag of them dried from a Chinese place. Enoki mushrooms are quite fibrous, lotus root is crunchy, bamboo shoots have a firm dense texture, and while you're there pick up some fried tofu or tofu pok as well, it's puffed up and more toothsome. None of those things are like meat, but might satisfy the textural craving. Artichoke gets you the pulling things apart with your fingers and gnawing at them experience, but it's a bit of a pain in the ass to prepare.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >pain in the ass to prepare artichokes
      lol
      Two cuts, a little trim and scoop out the center. That's it. wtf are you doing differently?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I don't cook the things, I was just warning OP given at the moment they're just throwing things in a steamer.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Uhhhhhhh bread? Bread with melted cheese? A bread streaked with melted cheese and vegemite? A flatter bread layered with different cheese, garlic, onion, vegemite, tomatoes, mushrooms, then rolled up and toasted?

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There is nothing like meat for what you are after. But tofu is a solid teeth sinker. Jack fruit is often used because it is easily flavored.

    I would try fibrous veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, thick cut beef steak tomatoes. Melons make for good mouthfeel as well.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    big ass portabella mushrooms were the go to for that scenario back in the day.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    People who think going vegan is the best way to lose weight are brainwashed homosexual morons.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      People who aren't vegetarian are literal nicggercattle. Enjoy being a homosexual, Black person.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    undercooked beans

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why you cut out meat to lose weight OP? Unless you want to lose muscle mass. Meat isn't that high calorie, I'm guessing you've already reduced carbs though? Maybe you're desperately trying to cut as many calories as possible.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Egg fried rice. Make sure you make your rice a couple of days before. A cheap wok does the trick with some MSG, soy sauce and sesame oil. Use fresh green onions too.
    I'm mostly vegetarian and I make this every few days. Reheats well and the addition of the rice make it much more satisfying.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Beans & lentils
    Mushrooms
    Broad beans
    Brussel sprouts

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Mostly carnivore here, but I fw black bean burgers. They got a nice meaty chew and they grill up very well. Other bean burger patties are also good, chickpea patties etc.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    chew some wiener because you're obviously gay

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you're going vegetarian to lose weight, how is putting tofu in your salads any different than putting some grilled chicken in there? Tofu is more calorie dense than chicken breast. Tofu is more fatty than chicken breast..

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Tofu is more calorie dense than chicken breast. Tofu is more fatty than chicken breast
      False and barely. Due to loss of water weight, 100g of grilled chicken breast has 200 calories. 100g of super firm tofu (IE tofu pressed of excess water) has 130 calories. 100g of grilled chicken breast has 4g of fat. 100g of super firm tofu has 5g of fat.
      That said, I still agree with you, especially considering the price. I can get chicken breast for as little as $1.50/lb. Cheapest I can get super firm tofu is $2.50/lb. If I make my own it press less firm tofu, it still costs about the same in the end. The only up shot is that the tofu is organic but the chicken, at that price, anyway, is not.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    including whole oyster mushrooms into your dishes are pretty nice. the stems are especially chewy in a good way. use them in dishes that involve cooking with sauces so they can soak it up

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      King oyster, specifically. Regular oyster is soft/crumbly. King oyster is 90% stem and therefore meat af.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        no i did mean the smaller ones. not sure why yours is falling apart, but i think there are different kinds of oyster mushroom because i got some from a different store once and it was all shriveled up and nasty. pic rel is the good stuff, the cap should look like velvet

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          And I meant king oyster. Regular are too fragile to truly be meat like. My son last year decided he hates mushrooms and due to the fact that he'll still eat king oysters, I can only assume it's a textural reason since they're wholly unlike most other mushrooms in that regard.
          I prefer regular oyster mushrooms because they taste really nice (and we oil pickle them where in from, which tastes great) but kings are great for making fake-ass meat floss or other meaty things, something that regular oysters just can't do.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Fish

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gluten protein is chewy but not like meat.

    Saitan is nice (called so so that the west coast chicks who are "seekers" and post quotes like "not all who wander are lost" and really love the aesthetic of rancher girls mixed with Frida Kahlo will buy it and be happy while unknowingly eating a bunch of straight up gluten (comically, essentially their Satan).

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    try gourmet mushrooms. not the shitty mushrooms from the supermarket, the fancy ones.

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Have you eaten soyachap texture wise it's
    Like meat

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