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PETA’s Favorite Vegan Substitutes

We’re playing favorites! We’ve made a list of the mock meats and nondairy delights that make our mouths water the most! Whether you’re looking for faux franks, veggie burgers, chicken-free chicken patties, flavored soy milks, or nondairy ice creams—we’ve got the goods on all of the most appetizing alternatives to beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and dairy products. So grab a shopping cart, stroll down the aisle of your local supermarket or health food store, and add these great vegan vittles to your grocery list:

Dairy Substitutes

Daiya­ Cheddar Style Shreds

Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds

Earth Balance­ Natural Buttery Spread

Earth Balance­ Soy Garden Natural Buttery Spread

Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative

GO Veggie! Grated Parmesan Flavor Cheese Alternative 

Love & Joy Nacheez Vegan Cheese

MimicCreme Non-Dairy, Non-Soy Nut Cream

Rice Dream Non-Dairy Beverages

Silk Soymilk

Smart Balance Light Original Buttery Spread With Flax

So Delicious­ Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

Tofutti Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

Tofutti Soy-Cheese Slices

WholeSoy & Co. Soy Yogurt

Beef Substitutes

Beyond Meat Beef-free Crumbles – Beefy

Beyond Meat Beef-free Crumbles – Feisty

Boca Ground Crumbles

Boca Original Vegan Burgers

Field Roast Classic Meatloaf

Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips

Gardenburger Black Bean Chipotle Veggie Burger

Gardenburger Veggie Medley Veggie Burger

Match Vegan Ground Beef

MorningStar Farms Roasted Garlic and Quinoa Burger

Nate’s Meatless Meatballs

Neat’s Italian, Original, and Mexican Mixes

Pork Substitutes

Field Roast Celebration Roast

Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage Style

Lightlife Smart Bacon

Lightlife Smart Deli Baked Ham Style

Match Vegan Ground Italian Sausage

Match Vegan Ground Pork

Yves Veggie Cuisine Meatless Canadian Bacon

Yves Veggie Cuisine Original Meatless Jumbo Hot Dogs

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Breakfast Links

Chicken and Turkey Substitutes

Beyond Meat Chicken-free Strips – Grilled

Beyond Meat Chicken-free Strips – Lightly Seasoned

Beyond Meat Chicken-free Strips – Southwest Style

Boca Chik’n Nuggets

Boca Chik’n Patties

Field Roast Deli Slices

Gardein Barbecue Wings

Gardein Chik’n Filets

Gardein Chik’n Scallopini

Gardein Chipotle Lime Crispy Fingers

Gardein Classic Style Buffalo Wings

Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chik’n

Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders

Match Vegan Ground Chicken

Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik’n Strips

Tofurky Deli Slices

Yves Veggie Cuisine Meatless Deli Turkey Slices

Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Chicken Burgers

Seafood Substitutes

Gardein Golden Fishless Filet

Match Vegan Ground Crab Meat

May Wah Vegan Fish Ball

May Wah Vegan Shrimp Ball

May Wah Vegan Tuna

May Wah Vegetarian Salmon

Vegetarian Plus Vegan Shrimp

Vegetarian Plus Vegan Fish Fillets

Pre-Packaged Meals

Amy’s Asian Noodle Stir-Fry

Amy’s Baked Ziti Bowls

Amy’s Black Bean Vegetable Enchilada

Tofurky Pizza

Egg Substitutes

Ener-G Egg Replacer

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  • CarsonTheVeg says:

    Thank you so much! You helped me out a lot. For me I don’t want a meat substitute to actually have a meaty texture. With Amy’s, Boca and Gardien among the others listed I don’t have that problem, and they are oh so tasty as well as having light sodium and low fat keeping it healthy for the environment and the temple that is my body. Honestly look at the sodium at most of these items, they don’t exceed 800mg which is very low as 2,300mg is the daily requirement. Thank you again PETA & Could you maybe add on the new Gardien Turkey Cutlets to a Vegan Thanksgiving Menu?

  • thatswho says:

    Jill said, on Feb 28 2011: “…Lightlife, for example, is owned by ConAgra–a major supporter of beef and other animal products. It is common knowledge that Boca and Gardenburger are owned by Kellog and Kraft.” It was not common knowledge to me, and I would love to know how to find out who really owns what.

  • thatswho says:

    My problem always is to find one of these meat substitutes that isn’t loaded with sodium. Haven’t found any here so far, but did find a number of bad links.

  • jayne says:

    I see a couple substitutes on the list have hydrogenated ingredients which are not good for the body. I’m all for eating Vegan and trying to replace dairy and animal protein, but it has to be healthy for ME as well.

  • Ayana says:

    Why is Egg bad ?

  • Vince says:

    Morning Star veggie burger have soy that has GMO in it
    try Amy Kitchen veggie burger all natural organic

  • Chris says:

    A lot of diners sell the “Gardenburger” brand which isn’t bad, but for home I buy Morningstar Original Grillers….they have the meaty texture and look more like a real hamburger and not crunchy at all…..I put ketchup on one side and mustard on the other. You can cook them in a little oil in the pan, but I usually just microwave them. I keep hearing about Seitan and was hoping to find it in this list but don’t see it and I always wanted to try it.

  • Laura W says:

    Dre, Quorn products pretty much all contain egg and most of them contain milk so they’re not vegan,
    Hope this helps,
    Laura :)

  • VegangirlAmy says:

    In love with the vegan garden burgers ,and yves dogs .daiya cheese , earth balance butter ,and veganaise are a staple at my house

  • Alexander Hawkeswood says:

    AnnieN, the entire Redwood Co. range is vegan. They include alternatives to beef, chicken, cod, duck, pork, scampi, tuna, and turkey. Also there are many Linda McCartney products which are cruelty-free. There’s a good chance you’ve discovered this for yourself by now

  • Dre says:

    Why aren’t quorn products anywhere in the food stuff I’ve seen on here? I LOVE quorn products…they’re my favorite as far as meat substitutes.

  • Zoltan says:

    can i find stores of such sort in Hungary or Ukraine for example?

  • wynnrich says:

    Boca Burger and Garden Burger are to be boycotted! Their parent companies poured tons of money into the campaign to STOP my state–CA–from labeling GMO foods! And Morningstar Farms is made with GMO soy. You must decide to be a conscious eater and consumer.

  • AnnieN says:

    Just beginning my 30 days as a vegan, and wondered which mock-meat products in the UK are vegan? All those listed above are not available here. Thanks!

  • Dana says:

    @Kat, Mission says their tortillas are vegan: http://www.missionfoodsfsc.com/about/FAQs.aspx

  • Kat says:

    Does anyone know of any tortilla brands that are vegan? Everytime I read the packaging for them, I find the ingredients suspect.

  • candy says:

    could anyone direct me to a list of gluten free vegan foods? or maybe give me some of the foods from above you know to be gluten free > i would really love to see that :) thankyou

  • candy says:

    select morningstarfarms products are vegan according to a search on their site however the list is slim.

  • Marsha says:

    Thank you so much Kristen and Calliopia! I am new to vegan-ism and your tips are wonderful. Also, I wanted to agree with a previous comment: I don’t know about all MorningStar products, but the label on the breakfast patties does list egg whites as an ingredient.

  • paula says:

    Just be careful of the fake meats – if you are vegan and trying to avoid animal by-products (dairy/eggs) a lot of the Morning Star Farm and Boca products have milk and/or eggs in them. I loved the Morning Star Farm Black Bean burgers and was sad to find they have egg AND milk :(

  • Ashley says:

    Canola is not a genetically modified food. It just had it’s name changed because it was called RAPE seed and consumers did not want to buy something called RAPE OIL. The words Canada and oil were combined to form the word canola because it was more apealing to consumers. The majority of plants and animals that are products of agriculture have been genetically modified through breeding to produce more food, to make food that lasts longer, grows faster. This has been done to yeild more profit for the industry and to feed a growing population.

  • Olly says:

    Hello does anyone have some good recommendations for veg stores in New Zealand.

  • Nicolep says:

    I’ve found it difficult to find a readily accessible line of vegan products. I’ve finally found what I’m looking for…. Arbonne products! Over 300 products, most of which are also gluten free!! I love it!!!

  • 4mula1 says:

    vegan by design.. its the meat n dairy (milk is for baby cows, get rice, almond, or soymilk) that lead to heart attack, stroke, pad, ed, (pcrm.org) ect.. the arteries become as hard and btittle as the stem of a clay pipe. cutting them with a scissor at autopsy makes a distinct crunching sound. this blockage also occurs in the arteries to the brain. when they close off, part of the brain dies, a stroke..

  • OutrageousOli says:

    @shellojelloMARS I’m not a big tofu cooker because I usually just get the veggie burgers and such but my aunt uses tofu quite frequently, and she said that the tofu tends to absorbs the majority flavors it is surrounded by. Example: She cooks stir fry with tofu and her sauce of her choosing, and the tofu blends in with the sauce and sort of absorbs that flavor…Also, make sure you have the right type of tofu(firm,extra firm,etc.) for whatever your cooking with. Hope that helped some(:
    xoxo
    -Oli<3

  • RedHerring says:

    If you eat seafood, you’re a pescatarian. A fish is not a vegetable and I feel like I need to give a small course in biology when I tell people I’m a vegetarian and they ask if I eat fish/chicken. We really need to utilize pescatarian more because I feel like it hurts the vegetarian image not to.

    On a side note, an organic free range/cage free chicken is still a suffering animal. To put what may seem like a very out of place quote, “It’s a way we had over here for living with ourselves. We cut ‘em in half with a machine gun and give ‘em a Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated lies” (Apocalypse Now). Call a spade a spade because calling it a heart doesn’t make it one even if it makes you feel better about it. I don’t mean to be preachy, I’m glad anyone is making some progress, but this is all about twisting words into something sweet and symphonic but completely misleading.

  • Niki says:

    Where is the best place to shop for veg foods?

  • Jill says:

    I understand that PETA wants to make being vegan/vegetarian seem simple to meat eaters so that they may try to adopt a better lifestyle that promotes cruelty-free food. Listing products from companies who are also responsible for a huge chunk of animal cruelty and death, however, doesn’t seem to meet that objective. Lightlife, for example, is owned by ConAgra–a major supporter of beef and other animal products. It is common knowledge that Boca and Gardenburger are owned by Kellog and Kraft. Not always the best to support either.

  • Alex Silva says:

    Since 75% to 90% of the soy produced in the US are GE (genetically modified), and knowing how harmful it can be, (GE foods are not listed in the food labels); how can you, with any precautions or advices about the harms of GE foods, suggest soy as a HEALTHY substitute to animal protein. I’m vegetarian, but I consume eggs (from organic, free range chickens), fish and seafood, but not soy, corn or canola, because they are all GE, and proven harmful to animal labs, and even to people.

  • Denise Ward says:

    I absolutely adore the new Morning Star California Turk’y Burger! It’s the best burger/pattie I’ve tried so far. Love it!

  • Xobeachbabiieox says:

    I love Gardein! I purchase both their crispy “chikn” strips and their breasts… The texture is insanely like chicken it’s almost scary! My meat eating aunt thought it was real chicken! Def give their products a try!

  • Sakura says:

    I am in medical school and could no longer stand eating meat after beginning cadaver dissection. I’m struggling keeping a balanced diet with enough proteins. Veg meals are more complex to cook sometimes…but I feel great about the change and hope to get in the swing of things with new recipes from these lists! ><

  • shellojelloMARS says:

    I can’t get tofu to taste the way it does in the frozen entree’s I buy, how do I do it?

  • KATIE says:

    Gardein meats are a wonderful option also! They do include soy, but for those not concerned about soy consumption, these products are a great-tasting addition to any vegan diet.

  • Annie says:

    I have gone back to being a vegetarian after thirty years. I am trying to find foods that provide protein and taste good too. I don’t want to eat animals any more!!

  • kristen says:

    I am a vegan allergic to soy. When there is little time to cook my own food these are my favorites: I love Amy’s new rice pasta with Daiya cheese (soy free and amazing!). You can also buy bags of Daiya cheese at Whole Foods and other natural food stores(cheddar and mozzarella style). Whole Foods also has yummy Vegan pizza with Daiya cheese in the salad bar/foods section. Road’s End Organics makes really good boxed Mac and Chreese (Shells and Chreese is my favorite). Sunshine Burgers can be found in Whole Foods and other natural foods stores and have 3 varieties (I like the Garden Herb ones). Earth Balance makes a wonderful soy-free buttery spread. Almond Dream is a fabulous soy free frozen non-dairy treat. Consider Tasty Bite and other pre-packaged Indian food with most varieties I’ve seen containing no soy. Amy’s Lentil Vegetable soup and a few other Amy’s soups are soy free. When I go to Chinese restaurants I order broccoli and other vegetables in vegan soy-free garlic sauce with rice or rice noodles. Hope this helps!

  • Calliopia says:

    I also try to avoid soy just because of the high content of estrogen, it has led to a lot of reproductive problems with me because i have eaten it as a regular everyday food since i was 13…not to mention if you don’t get organic soy products, they are grown just as bad as meats (added things to make the beans grow faster and bigger) or at least I’ve read and heard that places. I found that Ani’s rawfood kitchen is amazing. There are TONS of recipes, declicious vegan ones at that, that take few ingredients and almost no prep time and you can eat them immediately. she uses all fresh ingredients and almost NEVER soy. Good luck, I have done well implementing her recipes not 100% but definitely at least one meal a day.

  • lovecows says:

    I am searching for recipes and products that do not incorporate soy because I am allergic to it. So no soy burgers, soy hot dogs, tofu…etc.