Roast beef is one of the most popular meals in England, but for vegans and vegetarians (and anyone who would like to eat less meat), what options are there? Try some of these! They are all delicious and free from cholesterol, as well as being kind to cows. Recycle packaging at supermarket bag bins. Keep fake meats away from pets due to toxic ingredients like garlic, onion, mushrooms, soy, jackfruit etc – remember they smell, look and taste like meat, so will be tempting.
Sgaia Vegan Steak Selection Box is by a Scottish company, owned by two Italian foodies. Made from wheat-meat, this looks and tastes just like real meal (don’t roast in the oven, it would go too dry). Just sizzle in a pan with a little oil, and use it sliced to top your salad.
Viviera vegan steaks are sold in most supermarkets. As well as finding plant-based brands, it’s important to choose items that are free from palm oil. Its unsustainable use is destroying the homes of orangutans and other endangered creatures. The ‘sustainable palm oil’ quote is just greenwash (often used by vegan brands). A self-policed term, as there is not enough land on earth for everyone to eat palm oil from certified organic plantations. Palm oil is also high in saturated fat, and imported from thousands of miles away, simply to create more profits for big industry. Local rapeseed oil could easily be used instead.
Better Nature makes marinated tempeh mince, along with other foods. Tempeh is Indonesia’s staple food, a kind of fermented soy that is nuttier in taste than tofu, and high in protein (also good for your tummy!)
Abbot’s Plant-Based Butcher (US) is a good inspirational company to emulate. It makes plant-based beef mince from simple ingredients like golden peas, vegetables, herbs, spices, extra virgin olive oil and vinegars. Deeply committed to animal welfare, the company donates a portion of sales to animal rescue and advocacy. Most items are used within 5 days of opening, or can be frozen for a few months (leave in the fridge overnight to thaw).
Recipes for Plant-Based Steaks & Beef
Celeriac Steak (The Veg Space) are made with roasted vegetables, for the same deep meaty flavour and texture as real steak. Marinated in tasty ingredients, serve with mashed potato and vegan gravy.
Seitan Roast Beef (Carlo Cao) is a gourmet recipe by a Swiss Italian chef.