With the refresh of Canada’s Food Guide in early 2019, more and more families are now embracing plant-based meat alternatives—and why not? These vegetarian meats taste great and are kinder on the environment. While cooking without meat isn’t impossible, we get that it can be time-consuming. So, here are some great packaged options you can stash in the freezer for those pull-together-quickly weeknight meals.
1. PC Chickenless Breaded Strips
Ready in 20 minutes, these breaded strips are tender and crispy, just like real chicken fingers. Pop them into taco shells with some avocado and pico de gallo and you’ve got a yummy Mexican-inspired dinner.
2. Meatless Farm Meat Free Ground
Picture spaghetti bolognese with a fraction of the fat. The company claims this plant-based ground tastes better than beef.
3. Beyond Meat Beyond Burger
McDonalds, A&W, Subway, Tim Hortons! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a fast-food chain that isn’t serving up tasty plant-based meat alternatives from Beyond Meat. Grab some burgers to make at home and see if your family notices the difference.
4. Sunrise Tofu
Don’t roll your eyes at tofu. This soy-based protein is like a chameleon—it’s all in the sauce! Find a recipe that works for your family and this will be an affordable slam dunk dinner.
5. Sol Cuisine Mushroom & Wild Rice Burgers
Portobello mushrooms give these soy protein-based burgers the perfect texture. Go classic by topping these with a tasty sauce, pickles, tomato, lettuce and onions.
6. Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Chick’n Nuggets
McDonald’s called and wants to know how these crispy chicken-free nuggets taste so darn good. This is the perfect cheat meal with a side of crudités and honey for dipping—yum!
7. Tofurky Oven Roasted Deli Slices
Not just a silly name, these meatless turkey slices are a great snack or sandwich topper.
8. Gardein Golden Filets
Fish lovers rejoice. Switching to these fish-free filets won’t mean you have to sacrifice your Omega-3s.
9. Field Roast Company Smoked Apple Sage Simulated Sausage
Sometimes a meal calls for a smokey sausage and these links deliver. Made with Yukon Gold potatoes, apples and rubbed sage, they’re good in a bun or chopped up and thrown into a chili or pasta.
10. Noble Jerky Vegan Jerky
We’re not sure how they do it, but this non-GMO soy protein somehow manages to deliver the same chewy satisfaction as jerky made from meat.
11. Upton Naturals Jackfruit
Craving pulled pork? Give jackfruit a try. The nutrient-dense fruit mimics the texture of pulled meat and can be flavoured to suit whatever dish you’re making.
12. Wholly Veggie!
You won’t even miss the meat when you cook up these crispy cauliflower “wings”. Packed with flavour and veggies, choose from Ranch or Buffalo dipping sauces.
13. Huvudroll Plant Ball
This new plant-based offering from Ikea is made with pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion, and apples and has the same taste and texture to its meaty counterpart, just without the meat. Bonus: The new plant ball has only 4 per cent of the climate footprint as the traditional meatball and contributes to the retailer’s ambition to become climate positive by 2030.
14. President’s Choice Plant Based Bolognese Pasta
This hearty comfort food gets a veggie twist with a textured soy protein that feels just like ground beef. Balanced with crushed tomatoes, onions, carrots and just the right herbs, it may not rival Nonna’s famous sauce, but it’s still pretty delicious—and low in fat!