Meatless May 2021
South Africa’s top meat replacement options
April 23, 2021
During Meatless May 2021, we are celebrating plant-based food innovation that makes it easier for us to choose a meat-free meal in South Africa. We are sharing our list of favourite meat replacements that the ProVeg South Africa team enjoys the most.
What is a Meat Replacement?
Meat replacements are products that mimic the taste and texture of meat. The most common plant-based ingredients used to create these products are soya protein, pea protein, mushrooms, legumes and other vegetables.
You might be wondering why vegans are interested in eating food that tastes like meat. There are so many reasons for choosing a plant-based lifestyle, and it is more than often not because the individual doesn’t like the taste of meat. A lot of people do enjoy the taste of meat and would like to savour it without the added ethical, health and environmental concerns.
Rapidly expanding range of meat replacements
Most of the product you see below were not around a decade ago. Choosing to follow a plant-based diet is more accessable than it has ever been in South Africa. Grabbing a plant-based patty or sausage on your way to a braai is now possible for most of us, and that is something worth celebrating!
Meat replacements are a great way to introduce your family and omnivorous friends to convenient plant-based food options. There are still many individuals who like to argue with vegans – but once they get a taste of these mind-blowing products, they’re likely to change their mind.
The South African Plant-based Food Community
We decided on our favourite products before reaching out to the following brands to ask them if they would like to support and participate in our Meatless May campaign. They showed incredible generosity by donating products that we are able to deliver into the hands of more people to taste plant-based food. We love working with the humble individuals behind these products that are working hard to create a world where everybody can choose healthy and delicious food that is good for all humans, animals and the planet.
Keep an eye on our Instagram to win a taste of these delicious products below.
Fish-Style Fillets by The Fry Family Food Co.
Prawn-Style Pieces by The Fry Family Food Co.
Smoked Carrot Salmon by Herbiraw
Vegan Calamari by Dear Vegan SA
Veggie Burgers by McCain
Spinach Sweetcorn & Butterbean Burger by Woolworths
Mushroom & Lentil Burger by Naked Leaf
Traditional Sausage by Veggiewors
Plant-Based Meatballs by The Fry Family Food Co.
Flame Grilled Burger Bites by Urban Vegan
Meat Free Sausage Rolls by The Fry Family Food Co.
Beef Kebabs by Vegan Butcherie
Vegan Spicy Beef by Vegan Butcherie
BBQ Vegan Spare Ribs by Urban Vegan
Meat Free Thick Cut Chunky Strips by The Fry Family Food Co.
Tender Flame Grilled Fillets by On The Greenside
Chicken Kebabs by Vegan Butcherie
Plant Powered Protein Stir Fry Strips by Woolworths
Golden Crumb Schnitzels by The Fry Family Food Co.
Chicken Drumsticks by Vegan Butcherie
Plant Powered Protein Nuggets by Woolworths
Beyond Burger Plant-based Patties by Beyond Meat
Plant-based Burger Patties by Herbivore
The Big Fry Burger by The Fry Family Food Co.
Prime Burger Patties by Urban Vegan
Quarter Pounder Burger by Linda McCartney
Chicken-Style Burger by The Fry Family Food Co
Beyond Mince by Beyond Meat
Plant-based Mince by Herbivore
Plant-based Mince by Denny’s
Plant Powered Protein Savoury Mince by Woolworths
Beyond Sausage by Beyond Meat
Chorizo by Herbivore
Meat Free Mini Chipolatas by The Fry Family Food Co
Plant-based Herbiwors by Herbivore
Red Pepper Sausages by Linda McCartney
Original Hotdogs by The Fry Family Food Co
Country Style Boerewors by Urban Vegan
The Big Fry Boerie by The Fry Family Food Co
Vegan Biltong by HERBI VŌHR
Vegan Veggie Biltong by Earthshine
Chilli Oyster Mushroom Biltong by Culture Mushrooms
Mushroom Biltong by Woolworths
Mushroom Biltong by Herbivore
Pastrami by HERBI VŌHR
Turkey Deli by HERBI VŌHR
Cold Cut Sandwich Slices by Gudness
Vegan Pastrami by Vegan Butcherie