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Plant – Based Replacements for Meat

Ido Zivli

Ido Zivli

Seitan, tempeh, tofu, and TVP are all products that can be used as plant-based meat. So what’s the difference between tempeh and tofu? What’s seitan, anyway? Let’s break it all down!

saiten meat balls

Seitan

Seitan is an amazing plant-based substitute for meat! You can use it to create pretty much any meaty dish you love – from steaks, burgers, sausages and roasts to stews, sandwiches, and stir-fries. 

Seitan is made from wheat gluten and is made by kneading wheat flour with water. The origins of seitan track back a thousand years ago to China, originally made by Buddhist monks. Some people make it at home from scratch, but most people buy it since it’s affordable and pretty widely available. 

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Sadly, the Challenge is not suited for people with Crohn’s/Colitis, since people who have those diseases require a personal dietary consult when transitioning to veganism. Veganism can be suitable for most people with those diseases (and in some cases even help prolong remission), but the transition is usually best done gradually and carefully.

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The Challenge 22 program cannot serve as a replacement for a personal consult with a dietitian who specializes in this field. You can use the group and the program for recipe ideas and useful tips related to the vegan lifestyle, but do it while being mindful of your digestive system’s symptoms. For example, if legumes such as beans and chickpeas cause you unpleasant symptoms, it’s best not to eat them before your personal consult. In an case, we recommend contacting a dietitian specializing in gastro and veganism, and receive personal guidance.

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The Challenge 22 program cannot serve as a replacement for a personal consult with a dietitian who specializes in this field. You can use the group and the program for recipe ideas and useful tips related to the vegan lifestyle, but do it while being mindful of your digestive system’s symptoms. For example, if legumes such as beans and chickpeas cause unpleasant symptoms, it’s best not to eat them before your personal consult.
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Tempeh

Tempeh is a less famous meat replacement that deserves a lot more glory! It’s extremely versatile and can be used for bolognese, buddha bowls, tacos, burgers, wraps, chilis and much more! 

Tempeh is a vegan protein. Similar to tofu, tempeh is usually soy-based, but it also goes through a fermentation process, so it contains a lot of nutrients. It’s high in protein and fibers and contains probiotics, magnesium, B vitamins, phosphorus, and manganese.

Some people even make their own tempeh at home! It’s usually very affordable though, so no need to rush into creating it from scratch.

felinefrenzied's-HOISIN-GLAZED-TEMPEH
Felinefrenzied’s hoisin glazed tempeh

Tofu

Tofu has been around for over 2000 years in Asia! Tofu is made from soybeans, it’s low in calories and fat, rich in calcium and is high in complete protein. It’s also cholesterol-free, just like all plant-based foods. Tofu has a neutral taste, so you can use it in many recipes, using different flavors each time.
We love using tofu for nuggets, pâté, stir-fries, lasagna, sushi, curry and lots of other dishes. 

tofu ramen

Soya Chunks 

Soya chunks or TVP (textured vegetable protein) is made from soybeans that are turned into soy flour after the oil has been extracted from them. It is usually the cheapest type of meat substitute, and it’s filled with protein and fiber! Soya chunks absorb the flavor of the sauce you cook it in, making it super versatile! It comes in different shapes and sizes and can be used to make plant-based dishes like schnitzel, shepherd’s pie, tacos, bolognese, patties and many more. 

pasta bolognese

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