Field Roast Bonanza- Great Products for Meat(less) Eaters
There is a great deal of controversy over the use of faux meat products amongst those who advocate a plant based diet. Here’s my take on it.
It is my honest belief that most meat lovers are not going to drastically change their diets from steaks and ribs to quinoa and beans overnight. Those that do have usually experienced some sort of “awakening” either because of a health scare or spiritual path that opened their minds to a new way of living consciously.
My goal is to bridge the gap between meat eaters and vegans. Most folks will agree that it is advantageous to our bodies, our environment, our animals, and our economy to consume less meat in the U.S. We simply must in order to support our growing populations and to work toward a more sustainable form of agriculture.
I would have never succeeded at switching my family over to a primarily plant based diet had I not included meat-like products. A husband who grew up on meat and potatoes still craved hearty meals that resembled what he was used to. I personally didn’t want to commit to never having a little veggie sausage on my vegan pizza or a little Chick’n Gardein in my vegan pasta.
At least we are reducing our saturated fat and eating humanely. I think that is something to be proud of.
We now eat more meals centered around hearty grains, beans, legumes, and nuts without faux meat. (Visit my “we eat” page to browse more recipes). This is easier once you realize you can eat hearty on a plant based diet in countless ways.
Field Roast makes many of our favorite “meat-like” products. Try one or all of them and let me know what you think. All are simple and effortless to prepare.
Simply dice up the sausages and sauté with a tablespoon of olive oil and a drizzle of vegan Worcestershire Sauce until starts to brown. Throw on a salad of romaine lettuce or mixed greens with as many fresh veggies as you can find. Serve with my Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing. I swear I could eat a huge pile of this every night and never get sick of it!
Field Roast Celebration Roast Barbecue Sandwiches
I like to slice and brown slightly on both sides in a skillet. Add in your favorite low sugar barbecue sauce. Place slices on a Ezekiel Sprouted Grain bun and voila dinner is on the table in less than 5. Add grilled onions and mushrooms or top with a little Daiya cheddar cheese. No need for any other seasoning.
At 190 calories and 21 grams of protein, no trans fat, and if you’re craving a hot dog, give these a try. I wouldn’t feed these to my kids or family daily but they are a better option than a traditional “pink slime” hot dog! (sorry, couldn’t resist). On a sprouted whole grain bun, topped with vegetarian chili, grilled onions and Daiya cheese, you’ll feel like you are at the ballpark- promise!
These final 2 “loafs” are more of a splurge or for a holiday meal because they are higher in calories and fat than other Field Roast products. They taste great and one loaf can serve 4 people easily because they are quite dense. Better to make your own meatless meatloaf from scratch but if you don’t have time and are craving meatloaf and mashed potatoes, both can be made easily meat & dairy free.
For the mashed potatoes, I use a traditional recipe except with unsweetened soy milk and either Earth Balance or Smart Balance Light spread instead of milk and butter. You would never know they were dairy-free if you tasted them. I use Simply Organic vegetarian brown gravy packet for a quick and easy gravy.
A cinch to prepare–right from oven to table. Can easily feed 4. Best reserved for a special occasion or as an option for a vegetarian guest on a buffet. This tastes incredible!
Serve with a side of garlic green beans, peas and grape tomatoes to round out the meal.
[Field Roast Grain Meat Co. has stated they are GMO free]
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