When I first starting eating a plant-based diet back in college, (back in those days, it was still just called a “vegan diet”) our cafeteria at Rutgers actually did serve some vegan-friendly options. There were always great salads, crazy good french fries, soy-based turkey slices upon request and even soy “chick’n” nuggets from time to time. It was very rare that I went hungry, to be completely honest. But being a money strapped undergrad really limited my exploration of off campus options. I remember my first experience going into Whole Foods at Columbus Circle in the city and being so intimidated that I think I left empty handed. I really didn’t know what to do or where to look. I felt like I was walking into the Soup-Nazi’s place from Seinfeld where at any moment I could be asked to leave for not ordering correctly or forgetting my reusable canvas bag. NO TOFU FOR YOU!
Over the years, as I have evolved as a vegan or plant-based human, I have noticed this massive and positive shift in innovation including food, drinks, clothing…you name it, and someone has figured out how to make it vegan. Come to think of it, thats one of the major factors that has helped me be able to stay vegan.
If you’re like me, you probably like any “meat” options on the shelf. I don’t care what it looks like or how much it costs. If it’s vegan, I’m interested.
I’d like to talk about Neat – a healthy replacement for meat, another innovative company that has taken the preconceived idea of meat and just flipped it on its head. Neat had reached out to GuysGoVegan and asked if I wouldn’t mind testing out their new line of meat substitute products that they recently launched. I am always happy to test out a new product, especially one as unique at Neat. Within a few days, I had a package at my door and I was ready and excited to eat.
When you get a Neat meat, you are getting a 100% vegan product which is also soy and gluten free. Right now, Neat offers four great tasting meat flavors…
- Original Mix
- Italian Mix
- Mexican Mix
- Breakfast Mix
What’s so cool about their products is that the base ingredients of these meats are actually pecans and garbanzo beans. There are some additional ingredients to give each type their specific flavor, but Neat is a very simple product that is healthy, versatile and extremely tasty.
The next part is what makes Neat so damn cool. When you open a bag of Neat Meat, its not a crumble or patty. It’s actually a powder! Yup! Just a powerful little powder that you mix with water and your favorite vegan egg replacer (Neat now makes an Egg Substitute!), sauté and you’re good to go! You can make burgers with the original mix, top some pasta with the Italian, make tacos with Mexican and breakfast patties with the breakfast mix. Those are some basic ideas, but the possibilities are almost endless.
I want to thank everyone over at Neat for sending me these samples to test out. If you see Neat in the store, be sure to pick it up. It’s super fun to cook with and watch how this plant based powder transforms into a protein packed vegan meat. If you’re interested in checking out Neat’s story visit their website and watch their video,
I follow Neat on Instagram and Twitter. Let me tell you…you can tell from their photos and tweets that these are some of the hardest working people in the vegan world. No matter where you live, if there is a vegan event you can be sure to find Neat serving up some awesome concoctions. If you need some help finding Neat, Click Here to find the nearest distributor.
One last thing I need to mention. Neat just released their Egg Substitute. I haven’t tried it yet, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it and test it out. Keep your eye on Neat, from what they’ve given us already, I’m sure there are more innovations to come.That’s all for now. Remember to follow GuysGoVegan on Twitter and GuysGoVegan on Instagram.
Next post will be powered by VEGA so stay tuned!