Best brand of veggie bacon

My husband wants BLTs for lunch today - our home grown tomatoes are coming in. But I'm really trying to transition to being a vegetarian. Any suggestions on the best tasting brand of vegetarian bacon? TIA!
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Hands down I'd recommend you go with Morningstar Farms bacon strips. They do not, like a like of fake meat products (Boca in particular), attempt to mimic the texture of bacon, but they are the tastiest ones I've tried. I usually cook them longer than the directions suggest though, so they end up crispy and not soggy. Very yummy! Now I think we'll have BLTs for lunch!
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I second Morning Star veg. bacon. Try their veg. sausage patties and your mouth will thank you.
Their sausage links, corn dogs and chicken nuggets are good too. Although I try not to overdo it on soy...I think they have soy in them...
Yumm.....I've never had the bacon strips, but I LOVE their sausage patties!
Pleeeeeeease don't waste your home grown tomatoes with fake bacon. It's all really awful. Even if the taste is ok, the texture is BAD. Either eat real bacon or just have tomatoes. You can be a vegetarian after tomato season.
Thanks for recommending Morningstar Farm brand. We just finished some yummy BLT's. My husband and I both enjoyed them. I had to ignore the looks of the strips, but the taste was surprisingly good and the smell was just the same! The biggest difference was the lack of grease in the pan after frying them. Sure don't miss that - and neither do my arteries...
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Morningstar is every veggie's best friend. Morningstar is the shiz!!! I love the best Morningstar's "ground beef" and "chiken strips." They go very well in tacos.

Good luck transitioning! For me, I found it best to take it one meat at a time. Okay, no beef or pork for a month...now no fowl for this month...lastly no more fish and seafood.

I love being veggie!
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When I was a veggie, I really liked the Morningstar Farm chik'n nuggets. Mmmm, tasty and good texture! I was also a fan of the mini corn dogs.

If you like ribs, the Gardenburger riblets are reeeeally good, but DO NOT overcook them.
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Pleeeeeeease don't waste your home grown tomatoes with fake bacon. It's all really awful. Even if the taste is ok, the texture is BAD. Either eat real bacon or just have tomatoes. You can be a vegetarian after tomato season.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
Fakin, not bacon.

But I'm curious, is it made with tofu or what? How do they make it look like bacon?

I've had veggie burgers before & some are so gross, yet some are pretty good. But you can still tell they're not meat.
But I'm curious, is it made with tofu or what?
God only knows. I think it's like, paper and salt.

How do they make it look like bacon?
They don't. They look like strips of bacon flavored gum.

I am usually Morningstar Farm's biggest fan (even my husband and kid eat it) but the bacon is a no-go. I'd rather do without.
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But I'm curious, is it made with tofu or what?
Originally Posted by lazy loops
I believe most of Morningstar's stuff is made with texturized soy protein.

The debate over consuming soy and its affect on our health is still wide open. There was a recent study that showed it lower sperm count.

People always talk about how much Asians eat soy, have been forever and they're doing fine.

That's true, but Asians are eating whole-food, fermented soy in the form of tofu, tempeh and others We're not doing that over here so much. Instead, we're breaking soy down and turning it into meat and dairy substitutes without any fermentation. It's a very different food, as a result.

Anyway, still far from conclusive, I realise, but still, caveat emptor. Personally, I have been cutting way back [not easy to do, since I am vegetarian].

If you don't think you eat much soy, check your labels. It's in a lot of foods now, even ones you might not suspect. Our local company, Cargill, is making sure of that.

A great meat sub is seitan, which is made from wheat gluten. If you've ever had mock duck, that is made from wheat gluten.

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As a newly transitioning-vegetarian, I'm trying my best to avoid "fake meats" because in this early stage, it's real hard for them to compete, IMO. The "bacon" was the first for us - but only 'cause my DH had a hankering for BLTs and I was afraid I'd eat the real bacon if I bought both kinds....

At some point I will have to try to cook with tofu and tempeh, but they seem so "foreign" to me - they scare me! Anyone have any tips for cooking them? I don't have a clue even how to handle them, let alone prepare them - any good how-to books, or DVDs? Any good veggie shows on the food network?
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Just got some facon! Making BLTS today! Thanks for the idea!

As a newly transitioning-vegetarian, I'm trying my best to avoid "fake meats" because in this early stage, it's real hard for them to compete, IMO. The "bacon" was the first for us - but only 'cause my DH had a hankering for BLTs and I was afraid I'd eat the real bacon if I bought both kinds....

At some point I will have to try to cook with tofu and tempeh, but they seem so "foreign" to me - they scare me! Anyone have any tips for cooking them? I don't have a clue even how to handle them, let alone prepare them - any good how-to books, or DVDs? Any good veggie shows on the food network?
Originally Posted by 2poodles
I have no specific recipes to suggest but foodtv.com has a good search tool.
At some point I will have to try to cook with tofu and tempeh, but they seem so "foreign" to me - they scare me! Anyone have any tips for cooking them? I don't have a clue even how to handle them, let alone prepare them - any good how-to books, or DVDs? Any good veggie shows on the food network?
Originally Posted by 2poodles
head over to the recipe board.. we have a thread on tofu and one on tried and true veggie recipes..

that should be a start
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Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Maybe it's because I've been a vegetarian so long and have never really had a desire to taste meat, but I don't really get the point of fake meat - fake bacon, fake sausages, etc. In my mind, if you're a vegetarian, just eat sources of protein that have nothing to do with meat, and there are lots of ways to eat tomatoes other than in BLTS - I'm thinking salads, bruschetta, pizza, tabbouleh, various soups and stews, stewed, salsa or pico de gallo, in sandwiches, tacos, burritos etc, with pasta or rice dishes.... or just fresh as is. But as I said, maybe it's different if you are used to eating meat and actually like it.
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Yes, some people like meat but choose not to eat it on principle...cruelty to animals and such... Or if they're new vegetarians, perhaps they're using the fake products as a transition food to full vegan eating
Yes, some people like meat but choose not to eat it on principle...cruelty to animals and such... Or if they're new vegetarians, perhaps they're using the fake products as a transition food to full vegan eating
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I would think it's easier to just re-think your entire way of eating and attitude to food, though. To me, and I could be wrong, it seems that if you're craving BLTs and thinking of them as the best way to use fresh-grown tomatoes, and looking for fake bacon to make them, it's not going to taste as good to you as the real thing and so you are going to end up disappointed and really feeling like vegetarian eating is a sacrifice. But if you make something else, like some yummy fresh tabbouleh or pasta salad, you won't be comparing it to anything and will be more satisfied.
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you have been a vegetarian for a long time... Your way sounds perhaps healthier but harder not easier...

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