Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Kennebunkport, Maine
I've been vegetarian since 1998 and haven't looked back since. It was the easiest thing I've ever done (as far as life changing events go).
The downside is that it can be expensive, not just in terms of food, but if you stop buying leather, etc. I buy all synthetic materials, which tend to be more than the real thing in some cases. But you do get quality in return.
For foods that taste close to the real thing.....
Boca chicken (delicious and very close)
Morning Star Farms hot dogs (taste identical)
I personally like Quorn brand chicken, but my BF does not. I think comes very close as well.
There are other good ones out there as well. You'd be very surprised at how close some fake meats come to the real thing (honestly, the hot dogs I mentioned are IDENTICAL).....and for those who say otherwise, I'd have to ask how many substitutes you've actually tried.
I am one who actually prefers "garden" like burgers, so not ones that are supposed to taste like real meat. Trader Joes garden burgers are to die for. There are tons of good veggie burgers out there, and they're all a bit different which is great for variety.
For me, I don't discriminate between animals. I don't see any difference in people eating cows than people eating dogs for example. Killing is killing. However, I don't hate on people who eat meat (thank god since almost everyone I know does). And I don't try to push my beliefs on others. I am not vegetarian for health reasons, though I do eat pretty healthy (and am currently on a diet that requires a TON of protein, 5-6 meals per day!).
That's all. No need to start arguments or try and chastise me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions in this world. The OP asked a question, and I answered with my experience.