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ANNA_14 Posts: 10
7/30/07 4:09 P

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I find any quorn products or fake meat products very strange in texture. I avoid them at all costs.I've never eaten meat but have reliably been informed by friends that certain vegetarian burgers are of a meaty texture. I make my own burgers using kidney beans, chick peas, bread crumbs plus vegtables and egg all blended in the food processor but these are nothing like the typical fake meat products.

 
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7/30/07 4:08 P

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I find any quorn products or fake meat products very strange in texture. I avoid them at all costs.I've never eaten meat but have reliably been informed by friends that certain vegetarian burgers are of a meaty texture. I make my own burgers using kidney beans, chick peas, bread crumbs plus vegtables and egg all blended in the food processor but these are nothing like the typical fake meat products.

 
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7/24/07 11:37 A

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I'm eating more whole foods and fewer analogs now too. One thing that I do like on occasion though, is homemade seitan. There are some good recipes on the fatfree vegan blog-- http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/. She uses mostly whole foods but the seitan ribz are good for a treat.

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MELISSADAVLIN's Photo MELISSADAVLIN Posts: 150
7/18/07 10:54 P

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I rarely eat the fake meats and cheeses. When I visit my family, they'll often buy Quorn Chicken Cutlets and make a "chicken" bake for me, but I don't buy them by myself. I don't really miss the taste of meat. The dishes I do miss, like pepperoni pizza and my dad's sausage and potato skillet, are more because of nostalgia than the actual taste. I think if I were to have them now I'd be repulsed by the grease.

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7/17/07 9:33 A

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Processed foods aren't for me I don't think chemicals are good for us - we bought the Uncheese Cookbook...haven't had time to do any cheese recipes except one, which I have to say didn't taste good to ME - the person who recommended the book raved about it. We made a uncheese sauce that I thought was good, but you know, my veggies taste really good to me just as they are. People have individual tastes I guess, because I don't like the Taco dinner stuff - all of it is sold where we go without a bunch of chemicals, but it's not tasty to either of us. Some of the meat replacements etc are healthy and good for us as well. As long as I eat plenty of all my colors I don't get too many cravings - also, the oatmeal with 1 tsp of cinnamin has helped level my blood sugar, helping with sugar cravings. We don't eat dairy, or sugar. We do eat eggs sometimes...he boils a dozen to put on salads or eat for a snack...I don't like to eat them unless I buy them, he gets cheap on me. ugg. Sometimes it seems very complex. donna

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7/17/07 8:07 A

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I think it's very natural for vegetarians to start out with a lot of analogs, but to later move further from that to an even simpler diet based on whole foods. I did the same thing, and make most of my veggie foods from scratch now--black bean burgers, vegan sloppy joes, etc. and rely on more whole foods for protein and nutrients--beans, lentils, edamame, etc. Similarly, when I was vegan I would eat the fake "cheese," but later just evolved it out of my diet.

While I don't buy things like frozen veggie burgers from the store myself, I will eat them if people get them for me (which is pretty common at get togethers and other parties where people plan for vegetarians). I agree that they are great in moderation, but even though analogs are veg-friendly, there're far from being whole foods, if that is your concern. (I also view them as wasteful from an environmental perspective b/c of all their packaging and need for resources like truck transportation and freezing.)

Hope that helps! Good luck to you!

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7/17/07 6:04 A

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I eat cheese occassionally but no meat at all.

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7/17/07 2:34 A

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I do eat them on occassion (such as tonight...it was Taco Monday here in our house), but as a general rule, I don't eat them very often. I do enjoy the ease of them and the fact that they're full of protein, but they don't taste the least bit like meat, which is fine. I would rather eat more naturally, but again, sometimes those substitutes work quite well.

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7/17/07 12:29 A

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I am repulsed by the cheeses out there. I like Lightlife, yves, some morningstar and GB. Boca is pretty gross. I prefer the less processed ones and try to buy organic. I feel that those compensate for the fact that I am not eating "whole" foods.

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7/16/07 10:39 P

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I like to try them, but I don't really like to use them as a major part of my diet. If I know that I'm looking at a week of busy days, I'll buy a pack of fake lunch meat, but that's about as close to a regular part of my diet as they get. Also, I make a point of reading the ingredients well before I buy. I'd rather buy things I can recognize.

Actually, the local Asian markets have been great for that. They carry some fake meat products in the freezer section with ingredient lists like: Mushroom, gluten, vegetarian curry seasoning. I may not know what's in vegetarian curry seasoning, but I can pronounce it. And even then, I just end up with a couple things in the freezer waiting for the day I need a fairly quick dinner.

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7/16/07 10:03 P

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Me, too I do not like to take all processed foods. I am little scared of them.
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7/16/07 9:29 P

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I think anything is fine as long as it's in moderation. I don't even remember what meat tastes like (I've been vegetarian since I was 8, vegan since I was about 20) and I enjoy a soy sausage or some TVP on occasion.

For me it's not trying to recapture the taste or texture of meat or cheese, it's just providing a bit of fun and variety in my diet.

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7/16/07 9:04 P

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I have a question for everyone here on how they feel about all the meat and cheese (and other "fake animal") analogs out there.

First, I think most taste pretty darn good, and it's nice to have something as an alternative to the animal version if I'm in the mood for it. Where veggie burgers are concerned, it doesn't really even matter to me if they taste like real meat - I never was a big hamburger fan as it was, so I don't particularly care that my "veggie medley" gardenburger doesn't taste like ground-up cow.

Taste aside... the "must-avoid-all-processed-foods" voice in me screams every time I buy a pack of veggie burgers or fake chicken, or vegan cheese. I mean... when I look at the ingredients list on some of these foods, it's kind of scary. Some are WAY too long for my liking... What exactly IS it that I'm eating in these things?

So, I'm thinking in some ways I need to start completely axeing all fake meats from my life. I don't have a problem eating a veggie burger that's been made with ingredients I can easily pronounce and recognize. So if they're around, I'll eat them...

Curious how others here feel about it. Is it really worth eating something highly processed to compensate for your desire to have something that tastes cheesey or meaty... or do you avoid those processed foods entirely and make your own analogs from simple whole ingredients at home?

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