There are so many ways to substitute using ground meat: vegetables! These recipes all features veggies (with some other all-stars) to give you that wonderful ground beef texture and flavor that you’ve been missing. And of course, this includes recipes that not only features ground meat, but pulled meat, too. Check out these recipes don’t forget to view these recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!
1. Mushroom Meat Sauce
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This Mushroom Meat Sauce by Melanie Sorrentino will give you a savory mixture of mushrooms and spices that make the perfect addition to any sauce and a fantastic replacement for meat in any traditional recipe. The mushrooms are cooked with onions, garlic, and a tasteful bouquet of spices and the end result is simple but elegant.
2. Cauliflower and Walnut Ground ‘Meat’
This Cauliflower and Walnut Ground ‘Meat’ by Anja Cass is a 100 percent plant-based vegan meat substitute that you can use as taco meat, pizza topping, in Bolognese sauce, in lasagna, and many more recipes. If you are looking for a great mince meat alternative that doesn’t rely on vital wheat gluten or soy crumbles, then this tasty cauliflower and walnut mixture is perfect. Because it’s vegan, it’s also cholesterol free – this is the ultimate in healthy cooking that tastes amazing!
3. Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells
This Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells by Annie Oliverio is the next best thing next to simmered-all-day pasta sauce. You’ll have all your family and friends guessing how you managed to juggle your day while making such a fabulous meaty sauce – hey, we won’t tell them it was super easy if you don’t!
4. Sriracha and Garlic Pulled Jackfruit with Mint and Cilantro
This Sriracha and Garlic Pulled Jackfruit with Mint and Cilantro by Nancy Montuori is super easy to make. It’s a healthy dish that pairs pulled jackfruit with a spicy Sriracha and garlic sauce topped with cooling herbs for a delicious flavor combination. If you have never used jackfruit before, this pulled jackfruit recipe is a good place to start!
5. Beefless Bolognese Sauce
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6. Mushroom and Lentil Ragù
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Ragù is a traditional Italian meat sauce. However, this Mushroom and Lentil Ragù by Simona Malerba replaces the meat with mushrooms and lentils. This flavorful dish is thick, chunky, and so delicious. That being said, the recipe is very simple, you just have to decide what to pour it over!
7. Jerk Jackfruit Wraps
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For this Jerk Jackfruit Wraps by Vegan Punks, the recipe keeps things simple we’ve just used one tin of young jackfruit (in water – not syrup!) marinated in jerk spice and cooked with red kidney beans, roasted a sweet potato and created a simple lime mayonnaise to set it all off. And not to forget the crunchy little gem lettuce.
8. 15-Minute Epic Jackfruit Nachos
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If you have 15 minutes, then you have time to make these epic j15-Minute Epic Jackfruit Nachos by Jackie Ader. Quick and easy to assemble, they can easily be devoured as a snack to share, or translate to dinner. The jackfruit creates the perfect shredded “meat” substitute.
9. Bolognese Sauce
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Spaghetti with meat sauce was always the ultimate comfort food. It’s hard to think of anything quite as satisfying. This Bolognese Sauce by Cathy Elton one is particularly chewy and meat-like, because it has not just one, but three “meaty” ingredients: tempeh, mushrooms and lentils. Could this be the vegan holy trinity?
10. Lentil Cauliflower Sloppy Joes
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There’s something to be said for a dish that you’re supposed to eat with your hands and get all over your face! This vegan Lentil Cauliflower Sloppy Joes by Alison Edmund on a summer camp classic is just as simple as it is satisfying. Combine crumbled tempeh with some veggies, spices and tomato sauce and you’ve got yourself an easy weeknight dinner that everyone (even the pickiest of eaters) will love!
Looking for more? Check out these 10 Vegetables That Can Substitute for Meat!
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