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6 Meatless Meat Companies Changing The Way We Think About Vegan Food

By Nicole Caldwell

It is very easy to do vegan meat replacements poorly.

There’s a reason the diet gets a bad rap. So many vegan products are prepared with no flavor and questionable texture—and, bottom line, they taste nothing at all like meat. I mean, I get it. I have been to horrific vegan restaurants, bought way more than anyone’s fair share of cardboard-like meat substitutes, and have heard every reason to give up on the diet every since adopting it in 2000. 

In fact, until a few years ago, there were very few vegan restaurants or faux-meat products I’d openly share with friends for a justifiable fear of mockery. Thankfully for my ego (and great love of enjoying meals with the non-vegan people I love), times are changing. 

Companies have upped their game a thousandfold since the turn of the century; and what used to be a box of tofu here, a frozen veggie burger there, has taken over entire sections of supermarkets and created new technology that rivals the minds of the world’s greatest science-fiction writers. Startups such as New Harvest and Memphis Meats are in laboratories right now experimenting with ways to grow meat from cultures that do not require animals beyond an initial, cellular contribution.

While those products (and inevitable debates) are set to reach the public within the next four to seven years, in the meantime there’s no shortage of ridiculously delicious faux meats that will right your karmic balance and make you think twice before your next hilarious vegan ribbing.  

Field Roast

Field Roast has been around for two decades, and borrows its grain meat recipe from seventh-century Buddhist monks to deliver hearty meat alternatives with a firmer texture than plain old tofu. The product line today includes deli slices, sausages, various roasts and burgers, and has broadened further to take on the cheese industry with unbelievably good vegan Chao Slices

Definitely try: Celebration Roast