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Is There a Meat Substitute You Find Delicious?

Asked by Aster (18860points) June 13th, 2010

Do you know of a canned vegetarian meat you can use for lasagna and spaghetti and no one would know it isn’t meat?

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anartist's avatar

I adore Boca Burgers, especially the flame-grilled, garlic, mushroom etc. I can’t imagine anything canned I’d ever want to eat. Meat foods in a can like spam spam spam are disgusting and I would think I would like veggie spam even less.

Crumble up garlic Boca Burgers for your lasagna.

prescottman2008's avatar

Fresh banana blossom cook up just like ground beef in texture, look, and mouth feel. I imagine that if seasoned properly they would pass for ground beef or sausage in a dish like a lasagna. Of course I’ve never seen them in my local market canned or otherwise, so I guess you’d better have a few banana trees available to you or perhaps a Philippine market nearby.

prescottman2008's avatar

Cooked, chopped black beans and mushrooms are a fair approximation in look and mouth feel but not in taste or texture, but again, the use of proper seasonings might be enough to fool your dinner guests.

perspicacious's avatar

I don’t get having a meat substitute. If you want meat, eat meat.

roundsquare's avatar

Mmmm…. meat…..

(Sorry).

anartist's avatar

Steak tartare, carpaccio, kibbeh nayeh
[since I have given up on anyone listening to my BocaBurger advice]

—watch out for the Swiss
; they will put horse meat in your steak tartare

Aster's avatar

@anartist I haven’t given up at all on your suggestion. I googled it and will keep reading about it. I was just really busy.
Thank you, Aster

GeorgeGee's avatar

Nothing canned is a good direct meat substitute, but canned mushrooms are fine, I’ve used mushrooms and fried eggplant cutlets for a fantastic meatless lasagna.

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