Good news Green Monsters! It seems that more and more people are jumping on the plant-based power wagon and the results are incredible. In fact, new market reports are estimating that, given current trends, the meat substitute market will be valued at $4,622 million by 2019! How awesome is that?

This incredible boom in the meat substitute industry shows that plant-based diets are here to stay and not only that but expanding. Be it an ethical decision, health decision, or simply a taste-preference, switching to a plant-based diet is undoubtably an amazing decision you are sure to never regret.

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With these market projections, the meat substitute industry is poised to expand into markets that would previously have been downright unheard of…looking at you McDonald’s and Taco Bell.

As we know, the easiest way to make a positive impact on the planet and animals is to change your diet – and oh, does it seem like now is the right time to do it. Animal agriculture is the number ONE driver of climate change, contributing to the release of enormous amounts of greenhouse gases and literally sucking up water supplies from areas that need them most. There is no question that the time to ditch meat is now, and luckily, this report demonstrates that many people are doing just that.

This is truly amazing news for people (and animals!) everywhere who already love eating plant-based as well as an incredible opportunity to draw in new supporters of the plant-based movement. So, please share this awesome news with all your doubter friends and maybe accompany the news with one of these fantastic meat-free recipes. When saving the world tastes so good, how can you resist?

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Try your hand at making these delicious meat substitutes:

1. Seitan and Mushroom Bourguignon

Porcini mushrooms and Life Smart Bacon give this rich dish a meaty texture. Make this when you want to impress someone, and pair it with the suggested Boxer wine.

Get the recipe here  or click on the image below.

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Seitan and Mushroom Bourguignon with the Boxer (Recipe with Wine Pairing)
2. Vegan Sloppy Joes

Get the taste and texture of sloppy joes in this vegan take, using tempeh. Getting the protein content of meat is easy with tempeh, a fermented soybean product. One cup provides a whopping 31 grams of protein, one of the highest among plant sources.

Get the recipe here or click on the image below

vegan sloppy joes
3. Pineapple Jack BBQ sandwiches

This BBQ sauce is sweet and tangy because of the drained crushed pineapple and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. The author says the recipe makes enough sauce for 1 pound of seitan, tofu, tempeh, or 6 large portobello mushrooms

Get the recipe here  or click on the image below.

Recipe: Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches
4. Lentil Loaf

Lentils provide 18 grams of protein per cup and are a good, healthy food to eat regularly on a vegan diet. Other ingredients include onion, flax seed, and olive oil. Top with BBQ sauce or ketchup.

Get the recipe here or click on the image below.

Lentil Loaf
5. Vegan Bolognese Sauce

If you miss spaghetti and meat sauce, look no further than this vegan recipe, which includes mushrooms, lentils, and tempeh. All three give a meaty texture, and when combined, you might be 100 percent fooled it’s a fake take.

Get the recipe here  or click on the image below.

Vegan bolognese sauce
6. The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich

The name is inspired by a 3/4-pound pizza slice the author used to gorge on in college. Don’t think about buying fake meat; this recipe shows you how to make vegan Italian sausage from scratch, as well as the “gut buster” inside fillings.

Get the recipe here or click on the image below.

The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich -- Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette
7. Homemade, Veggie-Full Ground “Meat”

Instead of buying a packaged meat alternative, try making your own faux ground beef out of plant foods like walnuts, cauliflower, and olive oil. The recipe calls for soy sauce, but you can omit for a soy-free “fake meat” to put in lasagna.

Get the recipe here or click on the image below.

Homemade, Veggie-Full Ground “Meat”
8. Reuben Burger

Complete with sauerkraut, this Rueben Burger is meaty and hearty. The recipe calls for a blend of eight spices on the patty for one kicked-up sandwich. The burger patty itself is made with texturized vegetable protein, vital wheat gluten, onion dill pickle juice, and tomato paste.

Get the recipe here or click on the image below.

Reuben Burger and a Brew
9. Vegan Tofu “Scallops”

Are you a pescetarian who wants to go full-out vegetarian? This recipe mimics seafood. The “scallops” are made with tofu, tamari, and vegetable broth. Serve over pasta or in a scampi to help you stop eating fish.  

Get the recipe here or click on the image below.

Vegan Tofu 'Scallops'
10. Vegan Spinach  “Chicken” Curry

This chicken alternative has a high protein content and fewer calories than real chicken. Try this if you love Indian curries made with chicken.

Get the recipe here or click on the image below.

vegan Spinach ‘Chicken’ Curry

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