When you decide to reduce your meat consumption – whether for ethical, dietary, or “because-I-can” reasons – you’re committing to a healthy, clean diet that is not only better for you, it’s better for the planet.
At Grown Here Farms, we advocate for conscious lifestyles so we can maintain our social, ethical, and environmental responsibility. Part of that responsibility lies in choosing the foods we consume. From our vegetables to our meat, what and how we eat has ripple effects that leave a footprint on our planet, but if we choose carefully, we can control the impact of those ripple effects.
If you’re joining us for our #BeetTheMeat 28 Day Challenge or here because you want some options for how to reduce your meat consumption without compromising your protein intake, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are our favourite meat alternatives that you can “Go Faux” with for our 28 Day Challenge.
If you’re still in the early stage of your newly acquired diet, you might still be looking for an alternative that makes you “think” it’s meat; i.e., has the same texture and heartiness that meat once provided for you. Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and contains that heart texture that you’re craving. It’s also a complete protein (meaning you don’t need to combine it with legumes or beans to get your body the good stuff it needs daily). Bonus: due to its fermentation process, it’s easily digested and absorbed once consumed. Our go-to recipe: Spicy Tempeh Roll.
Perhaps the most famous meat-free protein, Tofu is made from soybean curds. This alternative gets an unfair rep for being “bland”. While it’s true that its external appearance leaves a bit to be desired, you can’t ignore the amazing benefits of this versatile alternative. Rich in iron, calcium, and protein, we like incorporating our tofu into dishes that contain bold flavours, since tofu absorbs the flavour of whatever it’s being cooked with. Think onions, garlic, and curries. Our go-to recipe: Tofu Scramble.
Don’t be embarrassed if you’ve never heard of Seitan – it’s not a well-advertised name, even though makes up a lot of the “fake” meats on the market. It has all the health benefits of Tofu and Tempeh – one serving provides about 25% of your daily dose of protein – and is super versatile in the kitchen (it absorbs the flavours of whatever it’s cooked with). Seitan is chewier than tofu and has a texture that is somewhat like meat. If you’re trying to stay clear of gluten, though, you should stay away from Seitan, since this alternative is textured wheat protein. Our go-to recipe: Kale and Seitan Veggie Stir Fry.