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    • Grouchy
    • By Grouchy 9th May 19, 5:29 PM
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    Meat free recommendations
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    • 9th May 19, 5:29 PM
    Meat free recommendations 9th May 19 at 5:29 PM
    Not sure if this is the correct forum section, but here goes.


    I've got my favourites of 'formed' things but like to have a change and been trying a few other options without finding anything nice.


    What I do like: Linda McC sausages, Linda McC Mozarrella burgers, Sains own brand burgers 10 pack (surprisingly cheap and not bad) and a few others. Also like LoveYourVeg sausages from Sains.



    Has anyone tried the Aldi meat-free burgers? And also the M&S plant based meat-free burgers? Do Lidl do anything in this range that is good? Anyone found a good meat-free meatloaf option?



    Any suggestions welcome.
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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 9th May 19, 5:31 PM
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    Quorn nuggets are very nice. Also Tesco veg quarter pounders.
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    • By -taff 9th May 19, 7:33 PM
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    Lidls beetroot burgers are nice, and their falafel type balls.
    I like Cauldron sausages.
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 9th May 19, 8:42 PM
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    • 9th May 19, 8:42 PM
    I've got my favourites of 'formed' things but like to have a change and been trying a few other options without finding anything nice.


    What I do like: Linda McC sausages, Linda McC Mozarrella burgers, Sains own brand burgers 10 pack (surprisingly cheap and not bad) and a few others. Also like LoveYourVeg sausages from Sains.
    Originally posted by Grouchy
    I've been a vegetarian all my adult life, and none of these would even register on my radar as food because I don't like the taste of meat. Give me a veggie soup or curry any day!

    However, the Lidl beetroot burgers mentioned in the above post are something I would like to try.
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    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 9th May 19, 9:41 PM
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    Apologies if this comes over preachy, it is not intended to be. My work background and passion is healthcare.

    Please do consider the ingredients list and nutrition data - micronutrients not just macronutrients - carefully. Many commercial meat substitutes are heavy on cheap, refined, bulking ingredients (eg. potato/ wheat/ isolates), but light on pricier, highly nutritious alternatives (eg. nuts/ seeds/ beans/ lentils). There is huge variation even within the same brand.

    Highly processed convenience food is highly processed convenience food, meat or no. Wherever possible DIY from identifiable whole plant ingredients and/ or traditionally produced, minimally processed proteins (eg. Mediterranean cheeses/ tofu/ organic eggs).

    It does read as preachy, sorry.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 9th May 19, 9:50 PM
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    • 9th May 19, 9:50 PM
    Apologies if this comes over preachy, it is not intended to be. My work background and passion is healthcare.

    Please do consider the ingredients list and nutrition data - micronutrients not just macronutrients - carefully. Many commercial meat substitutes are heavy on cheap, refined, bulking ingredients (eg. potato/ wheat/ isolates), but light on pricier, highly nutritious alternatives (eg. nuts/ seeds/ beans/ lentils). There is huge variation even within the same brand.

    Highly processed convenience food is highly processed convenience food, meat or no. Wherever possible DIY from identifiable whole plant ingredients and/ or traditionally produced, minimally processed proteins (eg. Mediterranean cheeses/ tofu/ organic eggs).

    It does read as preachy, sorry.
    Originally posted by Fire Fox
    I don't think it does come across as preachy.

    The bit about processed food whether it's meat or vegetarian makes sense.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 9th May 19, 10:06 PM
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    My preference is to eat vegetarian or vegan on meat free days, preferably Indian, Far Eastern dishes

    I never have thought about buying meat substitues
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    • whiteguineapig
    • By whiteguineapig 10th May 19, 1:22 AM
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    • 10th May 19, 1:22 AM
    The brand 'Heck' make a nice beetroot sausage too (I am waiting for it to come back on offer at Asda)
    • Grouchy
    • By Grouchy 15th May 19, 4:40 PM
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    • 15th May 19, 4:40 PM
    Thanks I will try one or two of these for occasional stand-by emergency ingredients.


    And yes, always check ingredient list no matter what you are buying, agree.
    • Bill23h
    • By Bill23h 15th May 19, 5:09 PM
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    I'd recommend 'GOSH!' burgers, usually in the fresh gluten-free section rather than the veggie section. The apricot ones and the beetroot ones are excellent. Too big to put in a bun as a 'burger' really, but very nice.

    If you're into pies then i'd highly recommend Aldi's vegetarian pies. Big, hefty and cheesy and really indulgent (ie probably quite unhealthy and fattening). Feta and pinenut, or sweet potato, feta and spinach. (There's also a cauliflower cheese which i've not tried as i don't like cauliflower) Fantastic pies for 1.79.
    • Smoosh
    • By Smoosh 15th May 19, 7:17 PM
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    Definitely Quorn!
    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 15th May 19, 7:45 PM
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    Tesco's meat free range has some nice options. They're not all fake meats, although the fake meats are pretty good.

    Pulled Oumph is good if you fancy something meaty and junky!
    • littlegreenparrot
    • By littlegreenparrot 15th May 19, 8:29 PM
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    I really like the Lidl bean burgers.

    I prefer the ready made options that are made from recognizable beans/veg rather than actual meat substitutes. Always taste better to me.
    • Izadora
    • By Izadora 16th May 19, 8:38 AM
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    Anyone found a good meat-free meatloaf option?
    Originally posted by Grouchy
    It's not sold as a meatloaf but LM's beef roast with red wine and shallot glaze has a similar texture (I think, I don't really remember) and my carnivore husband likes it enough that he always pinches a slice or two as an extra on his dinner when I have one.
    • charlotte1994
    • By charlotte1994 16th May 19, 9:00 AM
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    Iceland do a great veggie range!! I really like the burgers, they don't break the bank either!
    • baggins11
    • By baggins11 16th May 19, 7:55 PM
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    Iceland No Bull burgers are amazing!! Expensive but they sometimes have them on offer. I bought loads when they were half price. They taste very like chargrilled beefburgers so only good if you like the meat taste.

    I also like aldi chilled beetroot burgers but they do taste salty. They do a sweet potato chilled one which I prefer. The frozen aldi veggie ones are ok but nothing special.
    • JIL
    • By JIL 16th May 19, 11:22 PM
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    I like vegetarian hot dog sausages by tivall. With loads of onions and sauce. I don't have them very often but they are great as a treat.
    I don't eat meat but I rarely buy premade stuff.
    I make my own nut roast, Dahl, lentil Bolognese, vege chilli and freeze in portions.
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