When it comes to eating plant-based, one of the biggest questions is where do you get your protein from? While a plant-based diet still allows for high quality meat, seafood, and eggs in moderation, there are plenty of ways to get plant-based protein on your plate. Beans are a staple, but what about all those plant-based meat alternatives you see at the store?

Use our handy breakdown to get the lowdown!

Tofu

Probably the most versatile meat alternative, tofu can be crumbled and sauteed, baked, fried, and even make into nuggets. The secret is to press out the water before cooking so it has a firm texture.

Tempeh

More grainy and firmer than tofu, temeph has a slightly nutty flavor and has plenty of protein, fiber, calcium, and vitamins. It’s just as versatile as tofu (plus you can find bacon-flavored ones), but if you feel like it’s too bitter, try steaming it a little first.

Seitan

This wheat gluten-based meat alternative has the most “meat-like” texture. It holds up pretty well when grilling, frying, braising, or really any way you want to cook it. Remember to season and marinate it before cooking.

Jackfruit

It might sound crazy to use a fruit as a meat replacement, but hear us out. With its soft, chewy texture and mild flavor, it’s a great alternative to pulled pork or chicken. Use it in Indian, Mexican, and Chinese dishes!

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