January 9th, 2013

Question about vegie patties and other meat substitutes

I have been hesitant to try commercial vegie patties and other meat substitutes because the ones I have seen look like meat.  I am okay with eating something shaped like a burger but want it to taste like vegetables.  I haven't been able to tell from looking at the packaging if these things taste like meat or vegetables.  If I wanted to eat something that tasted like meat, I'd eat meat.

Does anyone have any input on vegie patties or other meat substitutes that DON'T taste like meat, they are just conveniently shaped like a patty or a hot dog or something that maintains its shape while cooking and are convenient for putting on a hamburger bun or hot dog bun? 

I tried making my own veg burgers the other night following a recipe in a vegan blog and I really didn't like the result and would like to buy something instead, but want it to taste like vegetables/grain/rice.  I am okay with soy too. 

I bought some Morningstar Farms products a couple of times, and then ended up throwing them away without even trying them because I wasn't sure if they were pumped full of chemicals to imitate the taste of meat. 

Any help or first hand experience would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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