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Protein-Packed Homemade Meat Substitute

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

You guys! I am so excited about this recipe! It just came to me one night. Who else is sick of the unhealthy, ultra-pasteurized, expensive, "plant-based," meats out there? Even mildly healthy ones I put back on the shelf because they ruin it with one ingredient, like canola oil. If you want to eat healthy, plant-based, you really need to get familiar with a few at-home go to meat substitutes. I like to choose soy (other than organic/fermented soy) and gluten free options.

This recipe is hearty/dense, satisfying, full of healthy bio-available protein, and it will cost you so much less in the pocketbook to make yourself. Bonus - it's ultra healthy! Read the recipe notes, because there is many ways to make this "meat" to fulfill any meal need. It also stores great for later use!

You will want to start with making the flax egg. It measures out to less than 1/4th cup before being ground down in a coffee grinder (I measured 2 scoopers that were table spoon-ish sizes). After its ground it comes out to about 1/4 cup. While you're waiting for the flax egg to gel-up, you can add all the other ingredients to the food processor. I love this one, because it comes with different attachments and also an entire blender set. Its truly an all-in-one machine. Then just wrap it up in a large piece of parchment paper in the form(s) you want the meat to be (loaf to be cut into strips, burger patties, etc.) and steam it. I used this multi-cooker on the steam setting. Once its done, you can let it cool and store it to cook up later.

I formed mine into a 1" T, 3" W, 6" L loaf, then cut it into 1/2-1" wide strips and then grilled them for dinner on a salad the next day! I had some leftovers dipped in Fresh Thyme's sugar-free BBQ later on and both were fantastic!

I'll spare you too many details since there is a lot of description in the recipe steps, but I would love to find out what you do with this recipe!!! Please leave comments! <3

PS - I have a pretty picky husband and he said it looks like steak, tastes pretty good and he would like to have them with A1 sauce...that's pretty decent feedback coming from him!!

Where to find these things:

You can get pea protein isolate at Trader Joe's, amazon, or on my fullscript dispensary. Just make sure its PLAIN and pure.

Hulled Hemp Hearts can also be found at Trader Joe's, COSTCO, or here.