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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® 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 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 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 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.