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Plant-Based Protein Products Thrive At Restaurant Show!

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Just like unique and innovative donut recipes, plant-based protein and the demand for it is skyrocketing. As more and more people fully embrace the vegan lifestyle, and not just the flexitarian dietary guidelines, the yearning for plant-based alternatives grows.

At the National Restaurant Association Show, the health and sustainability benefits of vegan breakfast sausage, egg substitutes, bratwurst, and sliders were featured and promoted. On the exhibition floor, a variety of plant-based products were explored and explained.

One of the featured foods was different egg substitutes. Mung beans and turmeric can be transformed into a food product that looks and acts just like scrambled eggs. Just Inc. arrived at the show with a mung bean, oil, water and spice scramble, complete with bright pops of yellow just like actual scrambled eggs. Jenna Cameron said, “We work with Michelin-starred chefs to do all our product development. If it doesn’t taste good, then none of the other stuff matters.” Last year, Just Inc. featured mayonnaise and salad dressings made from yellow pea protein. They try to steer clear of the vegan label, as they feel it scares people away.

At the show, vegan sausage options were also abundant. Of course, Beyond Meat’s Beyond Sausage won awards for its authentically delicious tastes and textures. Jerry Galinatis said, “The restaurant industry is starving for new products to offer vegetarians, but the irony is that most of our product is being consumed by carnivores who are trying to eat healthier.”

Frozen food distributor, Central Foods, reported that volume sales of vegetarian and vegan sausages increased by 20% since 2016 to the end of 2017, so we already knew that the demand for vegan sausage was growing by the second.

“We’re really happy to see all the plant-based companies here because it advances the industry,” says Stephen Moore of Before the Butcher.

The next most popular plant-based protein, was, of course, the next generation veggie burger from Impossible Foods’ Impossible Burger. Here’s where you can try The Impossible Burger right now!

You can cook up your own plant-based meats at home!

With recipes from our Food Monster App, enjoy delicious vegan meats and plant-based protein at home!

Homemade Spicy Italian SausageHomemade Spicy Italian Sausage

These Homemade Spicy Italian Sausages are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside but not mushy, and filled with spicy, Italian flavor. Black-eyed peas are used instead of pinto beans and provide a neutral background for the spices to shine through the rest.

Chickpea Flour Omelet With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushroom, and Spinach FillingChickpea Flour Omelet With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushroom, and Spinach Filling  

For a fantastic ‘egg’ recipe, try this Chickpea Flour Omelet With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushroom, and Spinach Filling. The natural sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes with the earthiness of the mushrooms and spinach go together really well.

Black Bean Burgers With the Best Burger SauceBlack Bean Burgers With the Best Burger Sauce

These delicious Black Bean Burgers With the Best Burger Sauce are truly authentic, and would actually rival any regular burger. This bean burger along with homemade mustard and mayonnaise-based burger sauce is out of this world good.

If you enjoy plant-based protein recipes like these, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more.

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