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Author Topic: What is that vegeterian substitute for ground beef called?  (Read 153 times)
Munley
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« on: December 04, 2018, 06:40:36 AM »

And if you put it in chili, does it really pass for chili?
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 08:44:09 AM »

Usually it's tofu but I've heard of people using other things but I think tofu is best because it's so versatile. Chili is chili, regardless of the chosen meat or substitute in this case, as long as the typical spices are used it's still chili.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 09:06:25 AM »

There's also something called TVP (textured vegetable protein), which I think is soy-based. Haven't seen it for years so it might not be a thing anymore -- but if your setting is in the 1980s/1990s, though, it would be OK to use.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 09:11:12 AM »

Sawdust?
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 10:29:14 AM »

TVP is definitely still around. Just have to know where to get it. (And if cooked right can be delicious)
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 12:16:44 PM »

Seitan
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=seitan&FORM=HDRSC2

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2018, 02:06:53 PM »

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/289565/9-vegetarian-vegan-protein-substitutes/


I googled out of curiosity (don't know anything about meat substitutes) and found the info in link surprisingly considerable, meaning I might consider trying one or more of those things someday.  Grin

Anyway, what it says about lentil sounds perfect for chili.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2018, 03:14:34 PM »

Wow! Thanks for all these replies.

Checking them out now. Think I'll start with the sawdust from our cellar. Then get my lazy butt to the grocery store for the other stuff.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 10:51:30 AM »

Made the chili. It's very good.

The texture of the "meat" is pretty convincing. Still miss the ground beef flavour, though.

Thanks, everyone, for your help.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2018, 04:34:33 AM »

TVP with a beef boullion cube and some garlic (boiled together and hydrated before frying in oil) can give a convincing ground beef sub
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 06:11:24 PM »

TVP with a beef boullion cube and some garlic (boiled together and hydrated before frying in oil) can give a convincing ground beef sub

Good idea. I pretty much quit eating beef, but I think I'll try boiling a beef soup bone with some veggies to get somewhat of a beef broth. I tend to get headaches from all the extra additives in commercial cubes. Thanks!
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