Eating with The Alternative Meat Co

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Us at 2HG are always trying to find a balance in life. Balance between work and play, lazy and active, fun and formal and of course balance in what we eat. Over the course of our food journey we noticed that we tended to focus on a lot of meat, not thinking of our fellow humans who tend to stick to a more plant-based diet.

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People cut back on meat for a number of reasons whether its diet or ethics, so we’ve decided to delve into the alternative ourselves and would love to invite anyone seeking a healthier diet to “meat” the alternative as well.

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“Flexitarianism” is a mainly vegetarian diet which sometimes includes animal meat and is considered healthier for people and the planet. Many Australians don’t even realise they’re Flexitarian and already find themselves actively avoiding animal meat regularly.

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It’s this concept that brought us to The Alternative Meat Co, whose products are grown, not bred, creating sustainable, ethical and eco-conscious meat alternatives for Aussies who want their protein from plant instead.

So in the spirit of balance we made 3 wonderful recipes to showcase the versatility of their products and found out just how delicious they could be.

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Spicy Noodle Stir Fry

What You’ll Need

  • 200g ALT MEAT CO. Chicken Free Chunks Chilli & Lime
  • 250g of hokkien noodles
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 cup of assorted veggies (can be any you choose)
  • 1/2 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 chilli (chopped)
  • 1 tsp of ginger (grated)
  • 1 tbsp. cashews
  • 1 tbsp. Coriander (chopped)

How You’ll Do It

  • Put noodles in a large bowl, and pour over boiling water, soak for 2 minutes, then drain.
  • Heat oil in a wok or pan over high heat, add garlic, ginger, chilli, cashews and veggies, stir-fry for 1 minute, then add ALT MEAT CO. Chicken Free Chunks Chilli & Lime and stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  • Add noodles and curry powder and soy and stir-fry 1-2 minutes until heated through then stir in coriander.
  • Serve and Garnish with coriander leaves

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Beef Free Rice Paper Rolls

What You’ll Need

  • 200g ALT MEAT CO. Beef free Strips Zingy Chipotle
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 capsicum cut into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, peeled cut into thin strips
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • Vermicelli noodles
  • Rice paper wrappers
  • sweet chilli sauce

How You’ll Do It

  • Heat oil in pan. Add ALT MEAT CO. Beef free strips. After 2 mins add 1/2 cup of water and cook for 3 mins
  • Put noodles in a large bowl, and pour over boiling water, soak for 2 minutes, then drain.
  • Fill a shallow dish with hot water.
  • Dip one rice paper wrapper into the water for about thirty seconds (or until soft) and place flat on a plate
  • Place mint leaves then a portion of noodles in the middle. Place some 2 or 3 strips of ALT MEAT CO. Beef free strips then top with a couple of slices of capsicum, carrot, and sprinkle with coriander. Roll into a tight spring roll.
  • Repeat until you have your desired quantity
  • Serve with sweet chilli sauce.

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Hickory Pork Free Sliders

What You’ll Need

  • 200g ALT MEAT CO. Pork Free Shreds Sesame & Coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil
  • 100mL Smoked Hickory BBQ sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • Kale Coleslaw Mix
  • 1 Tsp Mayonnaise
  • 4 Slider Buns

How You’ll Do It

  • Heat oil in a pan, ALT MEAT CO. Pork Free Shreds Sesame & Coriander, water and Hickory sauce. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes until heated through.
  • In a bowl mix together the Kale Coleslaw mix with the mayonnaise. Mix through to coat the slaw.
  • To serve – layer up sliders with ALT MEAT CO. pulled pork free mixture, spoon over the coleslaw.

And there you have it. 3 super easy recipes that actually tasted incredible. We were blown away as meat eaters at how tasty the Alternate Meats were and especially how versatile the products can be. You can really put them in anything, and since they are so easily available at most Coles or Woolworths they will definitely be on our next grocery list.

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