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Friday, July 1, 2016
Is a meatless Fourth of July possible?
My New Year's resolution was to try and eat less meat and try more non meat substitutes. So as the Fourth of July approaches and the usual hot dogs and hamburgers are standard fare for grilling I thought I would try and find some veggie alternatives to these two items. First I have to say that you will not find an exact veggie substitute for your traditional hot dog or hamburger. Soy or black beans will never be an exact substitute. But having said that over time you can retrain your palate to like the substitutes every bit as much as what they have replaced. You may not even like the regular items once your palate as been retrained. The healthier choices are worth the effort. Having tried a few of each item here are my substitutes.
Whole Foods have a few veggie hot dogs and the Lightlife ones are the ones I liked the best.
I grilled the hot dog above with some liquid smoke (great for getting a taste we associate with meat). Add some pepper strips and mustard and it tastes great.
Trader Joes' has the Veggie Masala Burger that is also good if you like the Indian spices. I have to admit to adding a good sharp cheddar cheese to the burger which makes it non vegan.
Meat substitutes are becoming more common in our grocery store. They are worth a try.