The L-Plate Vegetarian
Soya mince or TVP (textured vegetable protein) is a meat
substitute made from soya beans. It might sound a bit unappetising
(watch meat eaters turn their noses up even if they haven’t
tasted anything made with soya!), but it can be made into all
sorts of burgers, sausages, mince dishes, chicken-type dishes
and meaty-tasting things. In most meals it is almost impossible
to tell the difference.
Probably the most common form of soya is minced, like minced
beef, and so is great for dishes such as shepherd’s pie,
lasagne, chilli, burgers etc. You can buy it dried (just add
water) or the much better frozen version – you use both
of them just like minced beef.
So if you have a favourite recipe for spaghetti bolognese or
chilli etc just use the soya mince instead of the meat – it’s
We think both Realeat Vegemince or Linda McCartney are good,
you’ll find them in most supermarket freezer sections.
You can also find many brands of soya/TVP mince or chunks in
any supermarket or health
Meat-style Soya Meals
There are now plenty of ready made meals using soya – try
- Linda McCartney: Deep Country Pies and Shepherds
- Asda: Meat Free Beef Style Cornish Pasties.
Vegetarian Cumberland Pie; Vegetarian Lasagne; Vegetarian
Meatballs with Spaghetti.
- Batchelor’s Beanfeast:
Savoury Mince; Mexican Chilli;
Bolognese Style or Medium Curry flavours.
Batchelors or Sainsbury soya mince is easily improved by adding
any of the following: tinned kidney beans, sweetcorn, fried
mushrooms or onions etc and serve with rice or pasta and salad
or jacket potatoes and vegetables.
Bangers & Burgers
All the supermarkets do their own brands of vegetarian sausages
and burgers (usually in the freezer and refrigerator cabinets).
Sausages are great for making into things like sausage rolls
or toad in the hole (try Aunt Bessie’s frozen Vegetarian
Sausage Toad-in-the-Hole if you can’t be bothered to
cook! It’s available in most Tesco stores – just
follow any recipe that uses sausage meat and replace with
veggie sausages). Burgers are fab in a toasted bun with lots
of salad, onion rings and relish, or on their own with chips
and baked beans. Some burgers mimic meat and others are vegetable-based.
Here are just a few you could try:
- Linda McCartney:
Sausages (even meat eating sausage lovers are hard pushed
to tell the difference!); Leek & Cheese
Sausages; Burgers and Sausage Rolls.
- Tesco: Vegetarian Chargrilled
Burger (already including onions and in a bun!); Mushroom
- Tivall or Tesco: Frozen Vegetarian Sausages (these
are just like frankfurters, so are great for hot dogs with
fried onions and
- Sainsburys: Spicy Vegetable Beanburgers or Green
Cuisine Vegetarian Quarter-pounders (rice, mushrooms, mozarella
cheese and garlic coated in breadcrumbs)
Choice: Vegetable Protein Sausages.
- Morning Star Farms:
Spicy American Sausage Burger or Hard Rock Café Veggie
- Beanie’s: Hot Dog sausages and Golden Crumbed
- Tivall and Bird’s Eye also make great
- Wicken Fen: make a huge variety such as Tomato & Garlic
Sausages, Mushroom & Tarragon Sausages, Potato Cakes
and Mexican Burgers. They even do Gourmet Cajun & Red
- Asda: Good For You Vegetarian Sausage & Mash
Next Section: Potato and vegetable dishes
| You can buy unflavoured soya mince or TVP from health food
shops. It’s definitely not meant to be eaten plain – you
have to flavour it first! It’s easier to buy flavoured
varieties, eg, beef or chicken (just check on the packet)
but frozen soya mince
is best – try Realeat Vegemince.
| Try the following chicken -style products:
• Linda McCartney: Chicken Style Pies.
• Realeat: VegeBites (like chicken nuggets).
• Tivall: Vegetarian Drumsticks & Nuggets.
• Tesco: Southern Fried Nuggets With Fries; Chicken
Flavour Cheese Dippers
(fingers coated in breadcrumbs).
| No, it’s true! Believe it or not, you can now also
get vegetarian fish without the fish! Realeat make delicious
Fishless Fish Cakes but Redwoods are leaders in the field,
or sea, with their ever-expanding Making Waves range. It
includes Fish Style Fingers, Vegetarian Style Tuna, Fishless
Steaks, Smoked Salmon Style Pate and Scampi Style Pieces!
Available from health food shops or by mail order from
redwoodfoods.co.uk Also Marks and Spencers include Vegetarian
Sushi in their snacks selection.