Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meatless run to Whole Foods

Seitan with Eggplant, Spinach, and TomatoImage by moria via Flickr

I ran out on Sunday to Whole Food Market in Paramus to see what it had to offer in the way of meat substitutes -- five weeks into our pledge to avoid chicken, beef, pork and lamb. There were few shoppers and it was easy to get a parking spot.

For dinner last night, we enjoyed a vegetable-and-soy meatloaf smothered in our own barbecue sauce, with mashed potatoes, translucent Korean noodles and an organic green salad. The meatloaf weighed one pound and cost $7.49.

I also picked up strips of wheat protein called seitan for a stir fry ($3.39), Italian-flavored soy sausage ($2.99) and two bags of textured soy meatballs ($3.99 each). Normally, we buy chicken sausage and meatballs from Costco. Whole Foods also had two pounds of Blue Bay mussels from Canada for $5.99, so I grabbed a bag. (Photo: Seitan with eggplant, spinach and tomato).


  1. I have been curious about seitan and the other meat substitutes at Whole Foods. How did they taste? Any idea what the stuff is that they use in Veggie Heaven and where I can get some? It seems to be a great substitute for meat and has a pleasant taste

  2. The "meatloaf" was terrific. Yes. Pleasant. Tasted like meat. I noticed a lot of seitan-looking stuff at the Chinese supermarket in River Edge, but that is nowhere near you, and the package instructions are in Chinese. On the other hand, I haven't seen it in Korean markets. Basically, you want textured soy products. I'll go to Trader Joe's next to see what it has.

  3. Looking at my previous comment, I thought seitan was made of soy. It's made of wheat. So you want textured wheat products. I'm still searching myself.


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