Everyone loves tacos, pizza and burgers. I’m not exaggerating – Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers each year, each person eats approximately 23 pounds of pizza annually and tacos are so popular, they have their own day of the week! Maybe it’s because these foods are fun, comforting or associated with happy social events or maybe we just like food we can eat with our hands. Whatever the reason, these may be the three most popular foods people eat.
Another great thing about tacos, pizza and burgers is that they are all highly customizable. The number of ways we can make these favorites is limited only by our imaginations and that’s a great thing if you’re eating meatless. Pretty much anything can be made with plant-based ingredients. Just take a look at these 10 Vegetables That Can Be Substituted for Meat and 10 Vegetables You Can Make Burgers With. Is it Taco Tuesday already? Look at these 10 Awesome Taco Fillings to Make for Taco Tuesday and 27 Vegan Pizzas That Will Blow Your Mind. See, the options are endless. The next time you make tacos, pizza or burgers, try these five ingredients to replace the meat. Trust me, you’ll never miss the meat with these delicious plant-based foods.
1. Vegan Meats
If you want your burgers, tacos and pizza to have that “meaty” taste, you can buy packaged vegan meats or you can use tofu, tempeh, seitan or texturized vegetable protein (TVP). Check out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Meats and Meat Substitutes to learn more about them. These Mini BBQ Soy Curl Taco Bowls with Pickled Onions and these Tacos sin Carne are both made with TVP. Try these Game Day Kidney Bean and Tofu Burgers, Protein-Packed Vegan Tofu Burgers with Tahini Dressing and Vegan Tex-Mex Burgers for burgers made with tofu. Prefer tempeh? No problem. Make these Fresh and Healthy Protein-Powerhouse Tempeh Burgers. Sometimes it can be hard to choose between burgers and pizza and we understand. That’s when this amazing Tempeh Burger Pizza comes in and satisfies both cravings. If you liked tacos with spicy meat, you’ll love these Butternut Squash Tacos with Vegan Tempeh Chorizo.
2. Nuts and Seeds
You may think I’m nuts to suggest that nuts and seeds can replace meat but they definitely can. When looking for meat replacements, all that matters is the texture and the flavor. Ground nuts and seeds give us that chewy texture while the right spices and flavorings can make them taste surprisingly meaty. Take a look at 5 Tips to Make Meatless Food Taste Meaty for my easy tricks. Not only does nut “meat” taste delicious, it’s healthy for us. With omega 3s and lots of good fats, nut “meat,” unlike meat, can actually help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
Learn How to Make Soy-Free Vegan “Meat” Crumbles with walnuts and cauliflower and use them in your tacos or on your pizza. These Raw Vegan Enchiladas with Chunky Salsa, Cheesy Sauce, and Spicy Nut Meat gets its taco meaty center from walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Your tacos or pizza will be out of this world when you use this Walnut Taco “Meat” on them.
Lentils have been standing in for meat since ancient times. They are hearty, filling, inexpensive and easy to make. Lentils can give us both meaty taste and texture in a healthy way. Lentil lovers will flip for these Foolproof Mega Lentil Burgers, Mushroom Lentil Herb Burgers and these Walnut Lentil Burgers with Cauliflower Puree and Red Onion Relish.
Lentils make the perfect taco filling. No one will be able to resist these Chile Lime Lentil Tacos with Spicy Grilled Pineapple Salsa. Spiced lentils make up the taco “meat” in these Green Tacos and Green Taco Salad. More lentil tacos include these Lentil Taco Lettuce Wraps, Sweet and Spicy Lentil Dal Tacos, Superstar Lentil Taco Salad, and these Double Decker Lentil Tacos.
Like lentils, all beans and legumes are a great way to replace meat in recipes. They have a satisfying chewy texture and can be flavored however you desire. Beans come in so many types that you could eat beans every day of the week and still eat something different each day. Beans and tacos are a match made in heaven. Make these Spicy Bean Chili and Rice Tacos With Guacamole and Cashew Sour Cream and these pretty Cilantro Avocado Chickpea Salad Tacos. Black beans are the perfect topping for this awesome Mexican Style Pizza.
Beans are one of the first ingredients people think about when they think about veggie burgers. Not only are beans healthy and delicious but processed beans help hold the burger together. Try these Vegan Mozzarella Stuffed Cannellini Burgers with Spinach Pesto for an Italian feast in burger form. Burgers taste amazing made with beans of every type and color – make these Black Bean Hemp Burgers, Kidney Bean and Kale BBQ Burgers, Stupid Simple Bean Burgers with Paprika Garlic Burger Sauce, Spicy Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers and Edamame Burgers with Cilantro Wasabi Aioli.
Vegetables make up a giant category of delicious ways to replace meat in burgers, tacos and pizza. Mushrooms, eggplant, potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini and beets are just a few of the many veggies that can make you forget all about meat. Fill your taco shells with spiced veggies like these Balsamic Portobello Cashew Tacos, Carrot Tacos, Kale, Caramelized Onion and Quinoa Tacos, and Tacos with Spinach, Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions. Indulge in these Clean-Eating Portobello Burgers with Pea Pesto, Artichoke Sunflower Burgers, Beet and Quinoa Veggie Burgers, Sweet Potato Burgers with Green Tahini and The Vegan Eggplant Crunchburger.
Veggie toppings on pizza are getting more and more popular. You won’t think twice about meat when you make this Mushroom and Leek Flatbread Pizza, Spelt Pizza with Roasted Veggies, Sweet Potato, Sesame and Chickpea Pizza, Green Bean Casserole Pizza, Vegan Caesar Salad Pizza, and Raw Vegan Pizza with Spinach, Pesto and Marinated Vegetables. You can get your Buffalo sauce fix too with this Bangin’ Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza.
Life just wouldn’t be complete without pizza, burgers and tacos. Choosing to eat meatless doesn’t mean we can’t have our favorite foods but it does mean that we get to experience new and delicious ways to eat them. Get out the meat rut and try these endless meatless options for your burgers, tacos and pizza.
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