“Wait, hold up, you’re telling me this is VEGAN meat?!”

UGH. We all have those friends: the ones who looove chomping on rotting animal carcasses but somehow gag at the thought of eating vegan food instead. First, you think, “WTF?!” But then you remember that you can win over their meat-loving s with some top-notch vegan yumminess. Need help? Check out these nine awesome meat replacements that are healthier, cruelty-free, and sure to fool even the carne-est of carnivores:

1. Gardein’s Seven Grain Crispy Tenders

OMG, my favorite midnight snack ever! Get out the barbecue sauce, ketchup, and Sriracha (if you’re a condiment freak like me) and go to town. But I’m warning you—your nonvegan friends will eat these all up before your eyes, so go ahead and buy a few extra packs and thank me later. 🙂


2. Tofurky Kielbasa Gourmet Sausages

These are one of my go-to staples when it comes to feeding my meat-eating friends, because everyone loves ’em. Take them along to your next barbecue party, and you’ll notice it’s not just the veg-heads who gobble these up!

tofurky kielbasa sausage

3. El Burrito’s Soyrizo

This soy-based vegan chorizo is amazing in that it tastes so much like the real thing but is seriously a million times healthier and is made with zero animal products whatsoever. Your homemade Mexican cuisine will never be the same.


4. Gardein’s Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n

True story: When I first went veg, the one food that I missed the most was Chinese takeout-style orange chicken. I swear—I practically dreamed about it at night. Now, the world is blessed with pre-made cruelty-free orange chicken that will satisfy anyone’s Chinese food cravings—whether they’re vegan or not!


5. Field Roast’s Frankfurters

Meat-based hot dogs are full of some NAAAASTY shiz, that’s for sure. But these delicious Field Roast Frankfurters are healthier, cruelty-free, and sure to please even the most hardcore hot dog fiends. Now onto one of life’s important questions … chili-cheeze dogs, anyone?


6. Lightlife’s Gimme Lean Sausage

YUM. Saturday brunches can never be complete without some breakfast sausage! Next time you’re cooking breakfast with your friends, tell them you’ve got the sausage covered—it won’t disappoint!


7. Beyond Meat’s Chicken-Free Strips—Grilled

Beyond Meat is basically the hot new shit when it comes to super-realistic vegan meats. If you’re going to pull a fast one on your friends and trick them into trying vegan cuisine, we highly recommend that you include these yummy strips in your dish. They’ll never know …


8. Boca’s Original Chik’n Patties

I’m ADDICTED to these things! These breaded vegan chicken patties are quick and easy to make, and your friends are guaranteed to go crazy for them. Try the spicy version if you want a little extra kick!


9. Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini

Mmmm, fancy dinner, anyone? This stuff is straight-up gourmet, and better yet? Totally cruelty-free.

gardein chicken scallopini dinner

OK, so now you’re totally starving, right?! Get your booty into the kitchen and whip yourself up a veg-tastic cruelty-free meal! Master a few solid recipes, have an easy vegan cake for dessert, and you’ll be fooling your friends into eating vegan in no time. 🙂

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