Food

4 Delectable Soy-Free Vegan Faux Meat Dishes

Trying to avoid soy? Make your own hearty faux meats that don’t require tofu or tempeh.

These days, it seems that everyone is learning about the many health benefits vegans enjoy by eschewing meat and all the cholesterol it contains. Of course, I consumed my share of soy-based faux meats when I first adopted a vegan diet, but too much soy can cause problems, either because of estrogenic effects, goitrogens problems (problematic for those with low thyroid), or even allergies. As a result, many people try to avoid soy altogether.

After turning more toward a whole-foods, minimally processed diet, I began to play with other meat alternatives. I discovered myriad ways to enjoy the robust, savory flavors I sought using vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Most of these faux meats offer a substantial protein boost as well, so you can use them as you would soy-based dishes (with the exception of the Beetaroni).

Next time you’re in the mood for a veggie burger or deli slice, consider one of these alternatives instead. They’ll offer your body a welcome break from soy—plus a unique hearty main dish to boot! (Note: these recipes do contain Bragg's, tamari, or soy sauce; for entirely soy-free versions, use coconut aminos instead, or simply omit.)

Let the soy-free feast begin!
Soy-Free Vegan Ground Beef
Vegan Pepperoni
Vegan Meatballs
Soy-Free Vegan Shawarma Sandwiches

Ricki Heller’s first cookbook, Sweet Freedom, is one of only three cookbooks recommended by Ellen DeGeneres on her website. Ricki blogs at Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

Photo: Ricki Heller

 Comments

More Food

5 Ways to Create a Great Vegan Picnic

Beat the heat with memorable outdoor meals that can happen at a moment’s notice.
Read More »

The VegNews Guide to Vegan Milk

Need milk? Our ultimate, up-to-date guides to vegan products give you everything you need to know.
Read More »

Going Vegan: How One Meat-Serving Restaurant is Catering to the Meat-Free

VegNews talks to acclaimed Washington DC's Equinox restaurant about its evolution to a more plant-based menu.
Read More »

Sneak Preview: What's on the Menu at Chloe Coscarelli's NYC Restaurant?

The 27-year-old chef is the latest to make the leap from cookbook author to restaurant owner, with her first New York eatery opening this month.
Read More »

14 Reasons Why Pitchfork Music Festival Is Vegan Paradise

Vegan beer, meat-free fare, and popsicles galore headline the catering line-up at Chicago's annual summertime festival.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »