According to a recent Nielsen survey, 39% of Americans are actively trying to eat more plant-based foods. Interestingly, many shoppers aren’t purchasing traditional plant-based options like tofu, brown rice, and granola. Within the plant-based food space, innovation is key and a wide array of plant-based alternatives are what are catching consumer’s eye. Maybe you’ve even noticed the new assortment of plant-based patties alongside the typical ground beef burger patties in your grocery store.
If you are someone who is looking to increase the plant-based foods in your diet, the following options are a great starting point for your next summertime barbecue.
- Brands like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger have figured out a way to create meatless burger patties that look and taste just like the real thing! If you haven’t tried either of these patties, be sure to add them to your shopping list.
Veggie Hot Dogs
- Believe it or not, roasted carrots look a lot like hot dogs and if they’re cooked correctly, they can taste like one too! Just be sure to season with cumin for an amazing flavor. The best part of this veggie alternative is you actually know what you’re putting into your body, unlike when you take a bite into a suspicious ingredient filled hotdog.
- Aside from the fact that there is no fooling anyone who may be looking your tofu steak that it is indeed not a true steak, you can transform this soy-based product into something that tastes just like chicken! Marinate these slabs of tofu with ginger, garlic, red pepper, or anything that excites your taste buds for the most flavor.
Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches
- If you’re a vegetarian or if you’ve hung around vegetarians, there’s a good chance Jackfruit has made its way into the conversation. This chewy meat alternative can even trick meat eaters into thinking they are eating the real thing when it comes to pulled pork. Slather on some barbecue sauce and sauté the jackfruit on a skillet for any quick and delicious pulled pork substitute.
What plant-based alternative will you be integrating into your next summertime barbecue?
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