Tofu is made from condensed, unfermented soy milk that has been processed into solid blocks.  Extra firm tofu is meaty, high in plant-based protein, versatile, firm in texture, and readily absorbs the flavor of marinades and sauces.


Press tofu before using with a tofu press, or between two cutting boards with a heavy object on top. Or purchase super firm or extra firm sprouted tofu which has already been pressed.

Tofu Press

Cut into the desired shape. Toss with cornstarch & salt for crispy pan-fried or baked tofu.

Pan-fry or bake in oil for a crispy, meaty texture. Add to soups, stews, curries, and stir-fry dishes.

Redefine meat with these Cashew Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Alternatively, cut tofu and crosshatch to make tofu 'steaks'.

Marinate for 20 minutes. Bake at 400ºF until browned.

Redefine meat with these Maple Soy Tofu Steaks

Or crumble the tofu and use for burgers, meat sauces, chilis, bolognese, and stews.

Redefine meat with these Easy Vegan Chipotle Tofu Burgers

Tempeh has an earthy, nutty quality and is high in plant-based protein, making it an ideal meat substitute. It is made by fermenting partially cooked soybeans with a beneficial type of mold (rhizopus).

For tempeh bacon: Cut one 8-ounce block into 12 thin rectangles, marinate 20 minutes, and bake at 425ºF until crispy.


Or crumble tempeh for mimicking ground meat.

Process tempeh crumbles with other ingredients for making burgers until combined.

Use your hands to form patties of equal size.

Redefine meat with these Sun-Dried Tomato Tempeh Burgers

Alternatively, sauté or bake tempeh crumbles in oil until golden brown and crispy. Use in chilis, stews, meat sauces, bolognese, or recipes to replace ground meat.

Redefine meat with this Tempeh Lentil Stew with Potatoes

Oyster mushrooms are slightly chewy in texture, and easily absorb the flavors from sauces and marinades.


Use the tip of a sharp knife to remove the mushrooms from the firm central stem.

Cook the oyster mushrooms until golden brown.

Redefine meat with this Oyster Mushroom Noodle Stir-Fry recipe.

Young jackfruit has a flavor and texture similar to pulled pork. It is sold in cans or pouches, and preserved in water, brine or oil. Choose the type preserved in water or brine.


Cook the jackfruit with a variety of herbs or spices. The meaty texture of young jackfruit easily takes on the flavor of spices, making it a delectable plant-based meat substitute.

Or cook in BBQ sauce. Use store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce.

Use in sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, stir-fry dishes, sloppy joe, pulled pork recipes, or loaded potatoes.

Soy Curls

Soy curls are made of non-GMO whole soybeans that are processed without chemicals, additives or preservatives. They're high in protein and have a texture very similar to chicken. They’re tasteless on their own, but easily absorb the flavors of sauces and marinades.

Soak them for 10 minutes with water to cover before use. Drain.

Sprinkle the soaked soy curls with cornstarch and salt. Use your hands to gently toss them until they are evenly coated with the cornstarch. Sauté them in batches in a large skillet until crispy. Or bake them until golden brown.

Add to a stir-fry sauce and cook until thickened. Or add them to pasta sauces, soups, stews, or salads.

Redefine meat with this recipe for Soy Curls in Creamy Peanut Sauce