As someone who has been eating (and loving) meat my whole life, making the switch to meat alternatives was not an easy decision to make. But the recent news and proliferation of climate nihilism made me embark on a journey to seek the best alternatives to meat and poultry that I could find.
In 2022, there is a vast array of alternative proteins that closely resemble beef, chicken, pork, and fish. Even a slice of mycelium (the fibers behind fungal networks) can be made to look, feel, and taste like poultry, fish, or meat.
This list encompasses a (subjective) opinion on the 5 best alternatives to meat and poultry out there. I was not only thinking about taste, but also affordability and ease of access. So, what follows is an account of meat alternatives that could help you make the switch if you’ve been thinking about it.
1. Impossible Foods Burger Made From Plants
Impossible Foods’ burger is the one that most resembles the look of original burger patties. Once cooked, the patty had a similar texture to burger patties and tasted very close to the real thing. Made out of soybeans and potatoes, this is a great affordable alternative to burger meat.
2. Beyond Meat Beyond Burger
The base ingredient for Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger is pea protein. The texture felt a little rubbery, but it tasted great. However, it didn’t really have any beef flavor. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the choice for you.
3. Impossible Foods Sausage
The Impossible Sausage felt like real ground pork and had a weirdly identical texture when chewed. The seasoning is great, with lots of cayenne pepper, garlic and onion powder. It almost felt like I was eating a real pork sausage.
4. Whole Foods 365 Meatless Meatballs
These “meatballs” have a solid, dry feel that lacks the chewiness that distinguishes superb meatballs. However, their flavor is eerily accurate. Most people will be able to tell that these are not real meatballs, but no one’s going to be upset about it because they taste very similar. This is great for big meals, and works really well with pasta and red sauce. This is definitely my go-to for alternatives to meatballs.
5. SIMULATE NUGGS
I have been excited about NUGGS since they came out a couple years ago. Mainly, because their packaging looked great. NUGGS are made with pea protein, corn starch, pea starch, and corn flour and the company was founded by 19-year-old entrepreneur Ben Pasternak. NUGGS have more protein than actual chicken nuggets and they have no cholesterol and fewer calories. I started with a small pack and ended up ordering a box of 50.
In related news, Kim Kardashian has been named Chief Taste Consultant for Beyond Meat.
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