Play With Your Food: Meet “Meat”

The Designated Dad is a fan of meat replacement products to help replicate favorite meals of his carnivorous days.

I myself no longer consume soy as of recently and prefer to substitute animal proteins for the similar textures and tastes of cauliflower, chickpeas, mushrooms, nuts/seeds, beans/lentils, rice, root vegetables, polenta, and other plants that can remain close to their original state of appearance when served.

Of course some processing is usually necessary if trying to make a vegetable, grain or legume pass for a processed animal product.

We’ve cooked many a meal using your usual suspects like tofu and tempeh (soy), seitan (wheat), pea and potato protein molded and shaped just-so into nuggets and lox and patties, and are beginning to experiment with more innovative ingredients like jackfruit, beets, cabbage, and so on.

(Here is a pretty nifty list that shows how you can use the ingredients mentioned above to substitute for your favorite meat-centered dishes).

Backstory on this series:

Behold, some vegetarian/vegan lunches and dinners we made at home and enjoyed with our mouths and bellies over the past few years. This is part of a short series that will catch up on past home-cooked dining experiences before I start posting current meals.

Mostly organic, mostly vegan*, mostly on the same plates.

Sorry, no recipes.** I didn’t much like rules back in these largely spontaneous and experimental cooking days shared here.

We made these meals with what was in the pantry and fridge, a few minutes of forethought, some fire, a feeling of goodwill toward the animal kingdom, and the inspiration of our appetites.

*Some of these were made when we were still vegetarian and not fully vegan. I included only ones I recall to have been vegan, but I don’t have a time machine so can’t swear on anyone’s grave about it.

**I’ll be sure to include ingredients and recipes with future creations, though.

Part 4: Meet “Meat”

Vegan bratwurst + caramelized onion + black pepper/nutmeg baked apple-pear.1962794_2055764284247_1171179412_n

Cilantro lime + soy grounds + tomato salsa + taco chips + salad.


Nutmeg maple glazed root vegetables + yellow squash + soy bratwurst + long grain rice.


I remember this evening well. All we had in the kitchen to eat was a cucumber, mixed nuts, a soy patty, condiments, and a few shakes left of non-stale spices. Literally.


“The Great Divide.”


“Bagel Carotene.”

“The Diner Shiner” also known as “The Only Dog I’d Ever Eat.”

(Not the only pie I’d ever eat).


“Ball Park Fake” + side of “Grizzly Beans.” I think they’re competing.


“Dates on a Plate.” Like Snakes on a Plane. Or Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.


Olive tapenade + zipper creams + capers + soy + pasta.




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