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“So, what do you eat?!”  That’s a common question people who go vegetarian or vegan are hit with on almost a daily basis. Switching to a meatless lifestyle isn’t just about giving up meat and eating only “lettuce and air”. You can still eat the foods you love – you just have to get creative with it! Almost anything can be remixed into a healthier, plant-based version that tastes as good (if not BETTER) than the original when you have the right recipes, spices and imagination. Satisfy your craving for the taste and texture of meat with these vegetable alternatives.

1. Eggplant

Eggplant isn’t just good for helping you get your Italian fix with eggplant parmigiana. Eggplant’s meaty taste and texture makes it a versatile substitute for burgers, noodles and even fries.

Try: Eggplant “Meatballs” in Tomato Sauce

2. Cauliflower

On its own, cauliflower may not have much flavor, but that’s what makes it a perfect meat substitute. With the right cooking method and seasoning, cauliflower can replace chicken in your favorite Asian dishes and other meals.

Try: Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”  (yes, wings!)

3. Beans

“Tastes Like Chicken!” 5 Veggie Substitutes For Meat That Are Actually Good  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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