When I first started vegetarianism over 12 years ago I ate a lot of meat substitutes (I was a teenager, so cooking wasn't a priority to me, I just needed something fast to fill the burger bun that every one else was filling with meat).
But now I don't try to make things look like meat. I love cooking and to me the prettier & more vibrant my plate looks means I'm closer to nutrient dense, whole foods. =)
I'm not a vegetarian...but I'm not a die hard meat eater either. I think if you were a meat eater, it's sometimes nice to have the mouth feel of chewing on something like it. I guess that's why bean burgers and Portobello mushrooms are so popular...they seem to be the closest to meat like foods. I have even had vegetarian cooks teach me to freeze tofu, which changed the consistency and then prepare it like chicken tenders.
Do you mean like making a vegetable stew with you own vegetable meatballs? I can see that, the meatballs with not only be made of veggies but probably breads crumbs and such to hold them together with many spices that will be similar to the taste of meatballs, rather then just taking a bite of broccoli. There are many types of vegetarians, one like my niece who is an animal lover and will not eat any meat at all, she cannot even kill a mouse. Last week her dog grabbed a gopher when I was talking to her on the phone and she screamed as if someone grabbed her, she threw her phone down and rescued the gopher while she scared the bajeebies out of me, so veggies meats are important to her because she only gave it up for that reason after being raised on meat. My daughter is a different type she doesn't like meat, so she doesn't want too much stuff that resembles it.... Presentation is always important when it comes to eating as well so that can be a factor.
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I'm like you. I try to eat vegetarian and vegan as much as possible and I don't need my food to remind me of meat. I don't particularly like meat and it doesn't "hurt" me that I'm not eating it. My biggest challenge is finding exciting new things to do in the kitchen but making my food look like something it isn't isn't one of those things!
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Most of the week I eat vegetarian meals. I make soups, stews, stir fry's, and steamed and raw vegetables. In a lot of the vegetarian cook books I find, most of the recipes take quite a bit of time to make the vegetables look like meat. If your eating a vegetarian meal, do you want it to look like a steak? I have never seen the need.
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