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Not Eating Meat? No Problem!

Moo shu pork pancakes. Spicy mole beef chili. Tandoori chicken. When I was younger, my parents were creative and ambitious home chefs. Yet when Lent rolled around and we cut meat out of our menu on Fridays or for the whole 40 days, it was the simplest dishes like meatballs and burgers we missed the most. 

These days, however, meat-free Fridays aren’t the only reason to try these delicious alternatives in your favorite meat dishes. I’ve picked a few products that will help you create meatless meals in minutes.

They may be made without meat but they’re full of flavor, and each product can be used in numerous dishes. Plus, they all meet our Quality Standards, meaning they’re free of hydrogenated fats and artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. Warning: you might like them so much that you reach for them after Lent too!

365 Everyday Value Chickenless Nuggets365 Everyday Value® Breaded Chickenless Nuggets or Chickenless Patties

Our Breaded Chickenless Nuggets and Chickenless Patties are a delicious vegan substitute for traditional chicken nuggets and breaded chicken patties. Not only are they made without any animal products, they’re cholesterol free and contain no hydrogenated oils. They’re also made with wheat protein instead of soy, and they’re kosher. They’re terrific on their own, top the patties with your favorite burger fixings or slice and add to a fresh salad like our Big Beautiful Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing.


365 Everyday Value Meatless Meatballs365 Everyday Value® Meatless Meatballs

Our Meatless Meatballs – try saying that 10 times fast! – are a delicious vegan substitute for meatballs made with ground beef or sausage. They’re made with wheat protein, which lends itself to a surprisingly “meaty” flavor and texture and is also a flavorsome alternative to isolated soy protein. Enjoy them as appetizers, in meatball subs with marinara sauce, or smothered in Vegan Mushroom Gravy.

Hilary's Veggie BurgerHilary's Eat Well “The World's Best” Veggie Burger   

Named by loyal customers, “The World's Best” Veggie Burger gives all burgers a run for their money. Millet and quinoa give this patty a hearty texture and flavor and since it contain no nuts, egg, dairy, corn, yeast, gluten or soy, everyone can enjoy it. Plus it’s Non-GMO Project verified! Because it’s toaster-, oven-, grill- and skillet-ready, you can have a delicious meal in no time.


Hilary's Adzuki Bean BurgerHilary's Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burger  

Adzuki isn’t your average bean, and this isn’t your average burger! It’s also made with millet and quinoa, but it’s the green chili, cumin, lime and chipotle powder that give it a real punch. This Non-GMO Project verified burger is also gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, yeast-free, egg-free and nut-free. Try it on salads, in a wrap or on top of pasta too.


There are many meat alternatives on our shelves, including 365 Everyday Value® Meatless Breakfast Patties, 365 Everyday Value Veggie Dogs (made with pea protein), and more.

What do you eat on the days you don’t eat meat? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Sandi Hartman- MA PTB says …

Three of my favs are: Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes w 365 Meatless Breakfast Patties Tunisian Vegetable Chili w raisins & apples over Couscous Brown Rice Stew w lotsa steamed veggies, cashews & shoyu Now I can't decide which to make for dinner! Happy meat-less dining!

Arlington Friend says …

Thanks for this information, I will try most, if not all, of them. I can't eat soy and get discouraged trying to find vegetarian alternatives that are not made with soy. I'm always looking for more vegetarian alternatives, but most have soy, lactose, or too many beans to work for me. Also a lot of prepared foods have too much spice, I prefer something milder and I can add my own spices. Thanks, please keep up this type of feature.


(1) I am a huge fan of AMY'S ORGANIC Quarter Pounder Veggie Burgers; and other varieties, but these are 50% bigger and filling. I top my burger with 365 Organic Dill pickles, lots of grilled onions in 1 T olive oil, (good with or without) a slice of swiss or cheddar cheese, for a cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato, Organic ketchup and mustard, on an organic whole sprouted wheat bun. (or toasted bread) The burger alone packs a whopping 20 grams of protein, the bun or bread approx.10 grams of protein, and all the veggies and ingredients are certified organic! That means no pesticides, insecticides, herbacides, larvacides, fungacides, no toxins......you get the picture! Cook well done and buttter the bun when you toast it; it adds that richness of a little butterfat to your burger, more like an order out burger. Piled high, It is really GOOD!. (2) I like to make Whole Foods bulk barley with Organic Veggie flavor "Better than Boullion" instead of plain water....you can add sauteed onions and mushrooms for a wonderfull dish....or 365 frozen organic broccoli flowerettes added in. VERY tasty....the boullion gives it a rich roasted flavor. (3) I also like to make Eggplant Parmesan. You can bread and fry with Panko Whole wheat or Panko Italian Bread crumbs, or skip the breading and layer in casserole with garlic, 365 Organic Mainara or I like the 365 Four Cheese Sauce. And ofcourse don't skimp on real Shredded Italian Blend Organic Cheese. This is not a diet day dish. (4) 365 Vegetarian Chili is an instant hearty meal with pasta for Chili Mac or in a bowl with Chili crackers and Parmesan or your favorite cheese on top. You cannot tell that there is no meat in this chili!! I would never have believed it myself, but it's true. I like the Spicy; it is not hot; but the Mild is good too. (5) Shrimp Scampi butter, olive oil, lots of garlic cloves, white wine, capers, lemon, thyme, parsley (6) Linguine with White Clams Sauce (7) Homemade Split Pea and LIma Bean Soup with carrots, celery, onions, and barley. Made with Organic Better than Boullion. (9) Homemade Onion Soup with melted swiss cheese and toasted baguette bread or croutons on top. I make the thick "Famous" variety. (10) One more favorite is Homemade Forest Wild Mushroom Soup when in season * I always add a mixed greens salad with colorful peppers, cucumbers, a carrot, and onions, olives, any veggies, choice of dressing i.e. Annies Organics Balsamic Vinigerette, Roasted Garlic, or Blue Cheese. OR Italian Salad with organic romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, optional hearts of palm, pimentos, or sliced roasted red pepper, red onions, garlic, fresh pepper, parmesan cheese, red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Barbara Seiler says …

Do you sell bucatini pasta? Thanks Barbara

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BARBARA - Our products vary between store locations so I would encourage you to reach out to your local store to see what they have in stock!

Dorothy Silva says …

DE, CEMBER 18, 2015 Do you carry Harmony, Valley Vegan, Veggie, Burger and Sausage mix? It is a great product butis hard to find where I live now. I work as a Sales/Rep, Product, Demonstrator for various, marketing, companies and I have done product, demos in your stores here in Contra, Costa, County, CA. for this product and it was a hit with the Customers and myself also. I have been buying it ever since as long as I can find it somewhere. Your stores here used to sell it but, since I havent been in your stores here in a while because they are too far away from me I don't know if you still have this great, product? if you have Harmony, Valley, Veggie, Burger or Hamburger,mix and Sausage, mix can I buy it from you online and how much is it per, package?