I’m big on recipe adaptations. Often, I play with completely different ingredients and simply build the recipe’s original flavors on top of those new textures. For example, I have a luscious Tagine (stew) that was formerly Chicken Tagine, but is now Yam Tagine. Sometimes, though, I just want a meat-like product to use so that the new version of my recipe really resembles the original version! For my ground beef recipes, Smart Ground really does the trick. First of all, it has no added fat, which is an Esselstyn requirement. Secondly, it is tasty and has a similar texture to ground beef. It is made by Lightlife, and they have a number of products that I really like that fit the no-fat vegan requirements of Caldwell Esselstyn’s diet.
Prior to my awakening, I was a big sausage and brat lover. Lightlife has saved my sanity with their GimmeLean Sausage. I use it often when cooking a lentils or any kind of casserole, or I just add it to my oven baked vegetable medley of the week. One thing to note- both these products will break down eventually if used in a soup. Usually it is about day 3 of a batch of lentil soup when I notice that the texture is not quite so meat-like. The flavor is always good though! You can get these products at Fred Meyer in their natural foods section.