Vegan Chicken Never Tasted So Good! 3 Ways To Enjoy The Healthy Substitute

We all know that going vegan is good for you: those who have switched to plant based diets have a staggering 20% lower mortality rate than those who eat meat! Unfortunately, the concept of something like plant based chicken, or vegan meat substitutes in general, can make people assume that they’ll no longer be able to enjoy those flavorful dishes that bring them joy beyond simple hunger satiation.

Well, we’re here to tell you that that simply isn’t the case! For those intrepid and curious enough to try new combinations of plant-based meat alternatives (such as tofu, eggplant, cauliflower, or a variety of beans), you’ll be amazed at how truly yummy they can be. Here are three ideas for vegan chicken that will have you licking your lips in delight without sacrificing your health.

  • Chicken salad: Through the use of soy-based substitutes and vegan mayonnaise, this chicken salad will be moist and good for you. Experiment with different toppings — grapes, cranberries, almonds — to achieve that perfect combination of flavor and crunch.

 

  • Fajitas: When you think about it, the only thing in fajitas that isn’t vegan is the chicken itself. Chock-full of vegetables and spices, you simply need to find a suitable chicken substitute to enjoy this Tex-Mex dish. Add whatever veggies you enjoy the most: peppers, onions mushrooms — the possibilities are limited only by your palate!

 

  • Fried (vegan) chicken: Everything tastes better when it’s deep fried, including plant based chicken products! From chicken n’ waffles to fried chicken sandwiches, you’ll never run out of recipes that call for vegan chicken being smothered in oil and shoved into a fryer. Best of all, it doesn’t need to be inherently unhealthy — using sunflower or extra light olive oil in place of vegetable oil can eliminate those saturated fats without sacrificing the flavor.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating bland. With so many new vegan products coming onto the market — and so many tried and true recipes already in existence — you can enjoy some delicious food without any guilt, and will actually be improving your physical health at the same time.

Vegan Holidays: Easter Recipes That Everyone Will Love

Veganism is beginning to secure a solid foothold in this country and the world; over pork substitutethe last three years, the number of vegans in America has increased by an astounding 600%! And it hasn’t shown any signs of stopping. With reasons for switching ranging from ethical to medical and even environmental, the number of people changing their diets is almost exponential. Yet, feeding these people can be a tough challenge, especially around the holidays where everyone has their own preferences and traditions. One holiday, in particular, is known for its consumption of ham and eggs, where finding acceptable pork substitutes and egg replacements can be tricky: Easter.

You don’t need to be religious to celebrate Easter, despite its affiliation with Christianity. Like many massive holidays, tradition tends to extend beyond its religious roots; rather, they’ve become more associated with family and togetherness than religious observance. So, if your family adheres to the classic tradition of ham and eggs on Easter (like turkey on Thanksgiving), you’re probably going to struggle to come up with a suitable pork substitute.

Fear not! There are plenty of delicious plant based pork and vegan friendly meat products out there to help you along. Once you’ve chosen one to try, you can move onto the slightly trickier task of creating vegan sides, such as scrambled eggs. Here is a quick recipe to help you along.

Vegan Scrambled Eggs

 

  • 6 ounces firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup aquafaba
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kala namak (black salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric (for color)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

The trick to getting these egg-free scrambled eggs to actually scramble is the use of aquafaba, a.k.a. chickpea brine! Just mix the ingredients together in a bowl, and scramble in a pan like you would regular eggs. The recipe is as easy as finding a yummy pork substitute!

Now that you’ve got your entree and side, you need a sweet dessert to remind you of all the Easter chocolate you’ve amassed. Here is an easy recipe for vegan cinnamon rolls that will have everyone mmming in delight.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

 

    • 1 packet instant (or rapid-rise) yeast
    • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
    • 1/2 cup vegan butter, divided
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar, divided

 

Instructions

 

  1. Heat the almond milk and 3 Tbsp vegan butter until warm and melted (it should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast). Transfer to large mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast, letting it activate for 10 minutes. Then, add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
  2. Add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring as you go. When the dough becomes to thick and sticky to stir, transfer it to a lightly-floured surface and knead it until it forms a loose ball (be careful not to over-knead). Rinse and clean your mixing bowl, then coat it with canola or grapeseed oil, and add the dough ball back in. Cover it with plastic wrap and leave it in a warm place to double in size (usually takes about an hour).
  3. Roll out the dough into a thin rectangular piece, then brush it with 3 Tbsp melted vegan butter and top with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 – 1 Tbsp cinnamon.
  4. Tightly roll the dough and situate it with the seam down, and proceed to cut the long roll into 1.5 to 2-inch sections. Put these individual rolls (you should have around 10) in a well-buttered pan and brush them with the remaining 2 Tbsp melted butter. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let it rise while your oven preheats to 350 degrees.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the rolls are golden brown. Top with vegan cream cheese and enjoy!

 

With these vegan recipes and excellent choice of a vegan pork substitute, your Easter Sunday celebration is sure to go off without a hitch, offering even the most specific of dieters something they will be happy to put into their bodies.

Feeling Left Out This Barbecue Season? Have No Fear, The Veggie Burger Is Here!

If you’re a vegetarian who feels left out at your family’s summer barbecue, you’re not alone. There are more vegetarians and vegans than ever before and they’re craving plant-based diets this grilling season. Even non-vegans are eating vegan foods: nearly 33% of Americans eat vegan options even if they don’t identify as vegans.

Veggie burgers and burgers made from meat substitutes are a healthy alternative to the calorie-laden burgers America knows and loves. And there are plenty of benefits of choosing a beef substitute!

They contain a lot of fiber and protein

A soy vegan beef burger usually contains about 10 grams of protein per burger. They also contain about 17% of your daily fiber intake, a source of nutrition necessary in aiding digestive health and well-being. These two nutrients are key to fighting diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

They contain practically no preservatives

Many beef burgers still contain preservatives necessary to extend their shelf life. This is a common practice in processed foods and burgers are no exception. However, vegan friendly meat products contain little to no preservatives, making it a healthy alternative that staves back brain cancer and forms of leukemia.

They’re low-fat and low-cal

Whether or not you’re on a diet, everyone can enjoy the benefits associated with a lean, but filling meal. Plant based beef products rely on, well, plants. Because plants are made of mostly water and contain tons of nutrients, you’re getting a lot of nutrition for a fraction of the calories and fat you’d find in a normal beef patty.

You’re promoting sustainability initiatives

One of the biggest sources of global warming and pollution comes from our agricultural industry, specifically raising cattle. Millions of dollars are sunk each year into an unsustainable form of agriculture that causes detrimental consequences to our environment and local ecosystems. By choosing plant based beef products over actual beef products, you’re helping reduce the agricultural industry’s carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle.

It’s obvious that choosing a plant based beef substitute will benefit any backyard barbecue. The next time you get flack for being a vegetarian at a barbecue, include some of these facts when you’re helping to promote a healthier future.

New Vegan ‘Ground Beef’ Burger That Cooks Like the Real Thing to Debut This Month!

There’s no denying it, plant-based meat alternatives are taking over, so much so that the meat industry sees them as a threat and has made attempts to stop plant-based products from using terms like “meat.” But changing terminology does not affect the momentum of the plant-based movement, considering demand for plant-based products is up by 140 percent, and nearly half of Americans surveyed say they support a ban on slaughterhouses and prefer animal-free meat. Plant-based burgers that “bleed,” like the remarkably successful Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, as well as Don Lee Farms’ plant-based burger that is available in Costco, have proven to be wildly popular with consumers. And now there is another ground meat, burger alternative, made by California-based Before the Butcher, that will be making its debut this month!

Before the Butcher will reveal its latest product, the B4Burger, at the National Restaurant Association. Danny O’Malley, Executive Plant Spinner at Before the Butcher, stated, “The B4Burger will shatter your perception of plant-based burgers … This product is on another level when it comes to texture, taste, and value. Foodservice operators across the country will now be able to afford the product they really want and need on their menus.”

Before the Butcher’s products have a soy base and are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Although not certified organic, many of their ingredients are organic. The brand is also a member of the Plant-Based Foods Association and all products are made in California.

 

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‘Next Level’ New Vegan Burger ‘Leading The Plant-Based Burger Wars’

A new vegan burger is hitting the market – this time launched by California company Before the Butcher – and its makers claim it is ‘leading the plant-based burger wars‘.

The B4Burger, which will be officially unveiled the National Restaurant Association Show (May 20-22), is described as ‘looking, cooking and eating’ like ground beef, despite being plant-based, gluten-free and Non-GMO.

According to its makers, the patty, which is made mainly from soy: “Leads the category in the three areas most desired by the consumer: taste, texture and value.”

The B4Burger

‘Another level’

Danny O’Malley, Executive Plant Spinner at Before the Butcher, said: “The B4Burger will shatter your perception of plant-based burgers.

“This product is on another level when it comes to texture, taste and value. Foodservice operators across the country will now be able to afford the product they really want and need on their menus.”

The product is currently only available in food service – though the company is seeking retail opportunities.

Plant-based burger wars

Before the Butcher believes its products is ‘leading the plant-based burger wars’. The sector has seen huge growth in recent months, with companies making huge inroads into the mainstream domain.

Ethan Brown is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Meat, a high tech startup  building meat from plants. He told PBN in a recent interview that the company’s flagship product – its Beyond Burger – is outselling beef in some mainstream stores.

Another plant-based patty making waves is the Impossible Burger. Served at budget burger chain White Castle, it was recently labelled ‘one of America’s best fast-food burgers‘ by prestigious food outlet Eater.

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New startup Before the Butcher aims to make its B4Burger more affordable than similar patties on the market.

California-based plant-based protein startup Before the Butcher will debut the B4Burger at the National Restaurant Association Show on May 20. “The B4Burger will shatter your perception of plant-based burgers,” Danny O’Malley, Executive Plant Spinner at Before the Butcher, said. “This product is on another level when it comes to texture, taste, and value. Foodservice operators across the country will now be able to afford the product they really want and need on their menus.” The B4Burger is a plant-based burger made to mimic animal-based ground beef in taste and texture. Before the Butcher aims to sell its quality plant-based products—which will include plant-based beef, chicken, and pork products—for affordable prices to benefit human health, animal welfare, and sustainability. The B4Burger will join the growing plant-based meat sector, which includes food company Don Lee Farms, which sold 1 million units of its new vegan Organic Plant-Based Burger in less than 60 days at Costco.

 

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