Truly healthy meat replacements are mushrooms, eggplant, and beans.
However, sometimes, you just want something that reminds you of what you used to eat. Tofu, seitan, and tempeh are common and tasty meat replacements, that don’t resemble meat on their own, but do the trick in certain recipes.
There’s a relatively new product on the market that very closely resembles its meat counterpart, but is completely cruelty-free. It’s called Beyond Meat. For now, they just offer chicken-free strips, but I’m sure they are looking to expand into other products.
It isn’t widely available, but they did start offering it in the LA market a few months ago. In this area, you can only find it at Whole Foods, and only in the prepared foods section.
A while back, I cooked some brown rice and veggies and tossed in the Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips in sesame sauce to make a heavenly rice bowl.
According to their website, the ingredients are: Water, Soy Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Isolate, Amaranth, Natural Vegan Chicken Flavor (Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavoring), Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Dipotassium Phosphate, Titanium Dioxide, White Vinegar
I love the product, I would just prefer to buy it plain, so that I could flavor it however I liked. As of yet, I have only had the opportunity to try the sesame chicken recipe from our nearby Whole Foods, so that limits the options quite a bit. Their website says that they will have retail packages available in stores in 2013.
Try it when it comes to your area! Check out a list of the stores that carry it so far.