The Beyond Burger
The Impossible Burger
The good news is that there is no shortage of tasty, affordable, healthy, and pandemic-free plant-based foods. There are a number of staple plant-based, unprocessed foods that are high in protein, including beans, quinoa, tofu, chickpeas, lentils, peas, seitan, tempeh, and edamame. If you type "easy plant-based recipes" into Google Search, you'll find countless websites on this topic. Here is just one example of easy plant-based recipes.
Moreover, there are plant-based substitutes for the animal-based food items you currently use, including butter, milk, egg, cheese, and meat. Perhaps the most popular plant-based burger substitutes are the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger. These burgers are so popular that you can find them in places like Burger King, Del Taco, Carl's Jr, Dunkin' Donuts, Qdoba, TGI Fridays, etc.
Below are some additional recommendations (note, this is just a few examples of the many different plant-based foods that are available in your local grocery store)!
Plant-based milk: There are a variety of dairy-free milks (chocolate, plain, and vanilla), including almond, soy, coconut, hemp, rice, and cashew milk.
Plant-based butter: Earth balance spreads, melts, and tastes just like dairy butter.
Plant-based mayo: Hellman's vegan mayo spread tastes exactly like animal-based mayo.
Plant-based cheese: (slices) Field Roast’s “Creamy Original” Chao slices are indistinguishable from American Cheese.
Plant-based cheese: (spreadable) Miyoko’s offers a variety of tasty spreadable vegan cheese. Great for a wine and cheese night!
Plant-based cheese: (shredded) Options include mozzarella, cheddar, pepper jack, and fiesta blends. Use this when making a vegan pizza!
Vegan ice cream: Ben & Jerry’s offers fifteen flavors of vegan ice cream, both classic flavors and "non-dairy exclusives."
Vegan salad dressing: Follow Your Heart offers a variety of vegan salad dressings, including ranch and blue cheese.
Vegan sour cream: The most popular vegan sour cream is made by Tofutti. It tastes great in tacos, burritos, and chili.
Vegan Cream Cheese: There are many flavors, such as chive, jalapeno, strawberry, and plain. Check out kite hill's selection!
Plant-based yogurt: There are countless flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, peach, strawberry, etc.
Plant-based egg: Just Egg tastes and scrambles just like a "normal egg."
Vegan Ground Meat:
A wonderful “ground beef” substitute is made by Boca, which is called “Boca Crumbles.” You can make some amazing tacos or chili with this.
Vegan Chicken Strips: Beyond Meat offers excellent “chicken-free strips,” which are great in tacos, wraps, salads, and so forth.
Vegan Tenders: Gardein offers a variety of chicken substitutes, including crispy tenders, chick’n patties, barbecue wings, teriyaki chick’n strips,&orange chick’n.
Vegan Lunch Slices: There are a number of vegan lunch slices, such as those made by Smart Deli, Tofurky, and Field Roast. Tofurky slices are a favorite, especially the Hickory Smoked flavor.
Plant-based bacon: Smart Bacon (made by Lightlife) is an excellent bacon substitute. This is great in a BLT, on its own, on a burger, or in breakfast sandwich.
Plant-based hot dogs: Lightlife offers a vegan hot dog that is indistinguishable from a pig-based hot dog.