3 Soy-Based Meat Substitutes You Need in Your Life

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As more people try to embrace a healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyle through a vegan diet, new meat substitutes are showing up everywhere. Some of the most popular meat alternatives are made with soy, and here are three that you should add to your plant-based menu.

Soy Beans

Edamame aka soybeans are a huge hit in East Asian cuisine, while the rest of the world is yet to tap into their potential. Cooking and stir-frying are two of the most popular preparation methods, but there are many other ways to put them to some good use.


If we had to pick the most popular soy-based meat alternative on the market, tofu would definitely take the cake. It’s made with coagulating soy and it’s been used in Asian cuisine long before it became popular in the western world. There are many tofu variations on the market these days, and its versatility is one of the reasons behind its success.


Many people confuse tempeh with tofu due to a long list of similarities they share, but this meat alternative is a different beast. Tempeh is made with fermented soybeans and it’s usually used in the making of vegan bacon and burgers due to its strong flavor and firm texture.