Buy KoRo’s meat alternatives
Meat alternatives are becoming more and more present everywhere! Tofu & Co are winning customers over and occupying more and more space on the supermarkets’ shelves that used to be taken by meat and sausage. Being a forward-thinking and future-oriented food company, we have always invested in our vegan meat products, and take extra care in keeping the meat alternative section full of delicious things. Order our meat substitutes online and have them delivered directly to your door! Whether vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or omnivore, meat alternatives are a fun and healthy way to vary your diet, and should not be missing from any fridge and organ pantry. One of the stars of our selection is an Asian fruit that has come to be regarded as the ultimate vegan chicken; cooked with the right spices, jackfruit will taste shockingly like meat! Apart from fruits, you can find the more classic tofu, soy, and pea protein strips & chunks, and seitan. As always, we pay the utmost attention to the quality and origin of our products, which we try to source from certified organic cultivations. Moreover, thanks to our convenience packs, we save packaging material and CO2 emissions. Pretty cool, huh?
Here is the list of the meat alternatives we sell, to date:
Jackfruit, lupines, or soy – an overview of meat alternatives
Meat alternatives or meat substitutes are vegan or vegetarian foods that are similar to real meat due to their texture, taste, or protein content. Therefore, the term includes very different products: meat substitute products can be made from mushrooms, vegetables, grains, and even fruits – but there are meat imitations that are also made on the basis of animal proteins from eggs or milk.
Meat substitutes from vegetables, fruits, and mushroom
Speaking of meat alternatives, you do not have to think only of highly-processed foods. Many types of mushrooms, vegetables, and even fruits can wonderfully replace meat thanks to their firm textures and even tastes:
- Mushrooms: Among the mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms and oyster mushrooms are popular vegan meat substitutes. In addition to a nutty taste, the mushrooms contain the fibre in which real meat is completely lacking.
- Vegetables: Vegetables provide our body with important nutrients. Countess vegetables can be consumed raw, cooked, or preserved, and some of them can also be used to make great meat alternatives. Meat substitute products made from peas, such as our pea protein strips, are a great source of protein!
- Fruits: Always considered a sweet treat or an ingredient in desserts, now the fruit is not restricted to the sweet realm anymore, as tropical fruit is revolutionising our kitchens! Young jackfruit has earned a reputation for being the ultimate meat substitute, thanks to the consistency of its pulp, which is very similar to that of chicken; moreover, this Asian fruit is also a high-quality source of fibre!
Meat substitutes from cereals and legumes
The employ of high-protein plant-based meat alternatives made of cereals and legumes has always been central in Asian cuisines. With a production process similar to that of cheese, the protein contained in the seeds and beans is extracted and then further processed. Soy-based foods have the longest and best-established tradition, but they are far from being the only ones on the market, nowadays.
- Lupin beans: If you are looking for a soy-free alternative to meat, you might find these legumes very interesting. Products similar to those made from soybeans are produced from the seeds of the colourfully blooming lupins. One example is lupine tofu, called lopino. With lupins from the jar, you can also make meat alternatives like lupine tempeh yourself.
- Tempeh: Originally from Indonesia, this fermented product is traditionally made from cooked soybeans which ferment with the help of a mushroom. The result is a firm mass with a gentle, nutty taste, perfect to add to your salads or stir-frys.
- Tofu: Tofu is the most classic meat substitute there is, and comes originally from China. Made from soy milk, tofu can easily be aromatised and marinated and is incredibly versatile. While natural tofu is quite neutral in taste and therefore perfect to absorb that of the dish to which it is added, the more intense smoked tofu immediately becomes the star of your recipes. And, if you like it original and unique, you should most definitely try our sesame and almond tofu, or the Mediterranean tofu rosso. Last but not least, you can also make your own marinade and place your tofu in it for a while before using it! Regardless of the seasoning, tofu is a great source of protein.
- Seitan: Seitan is a meat substitute made from wheat protein (gluten) which is particularly common in the traditional Japanese tempura cuisine. This juicy and tasty vegan meat alternative gives vegan sausages a meat-like bite, but should of course be avoided by people who suffer from celiac disease.
- Soy granules & Co.: The meat substitute made from textured soy is also known as soy chunks or soy meat. Like many soy products, it has hardly any taste of its own, and can therefore be adapted to individual preferences with spices; it should be soaked in broth, warm water, or soy sauce before use, and then fried or added to a vegan Bolognese. A distinction is often made between soya granules, which are thin, and soy shreds or chunks, which are larger in size; however, both kinds give your favourite dishes an ideal minced-meat-like texture. Unseasoned, they can also be a protein-rich addition to your muesli! For a larger variety, try our soy medallions.
Industrially produced meat imitations (also called Novel Protein Food) often try to reproduce meat and meat products as naturally as possible. The vegetarian and vegan alternatives are externally more and more similar to the original, and often have descriptive names such as “Seitan schnitzel”, “Tofu sausage”, “Minced meat” or “Salami-style cold cuts”. In addition to soy and wheat protein, legumes, or vegetables, animal proteins from eggs and milk are often used as basic ingredients. For this reason, imitation meat is usually vegetarian, but not always vegan. Moreover, in the case of very realistic reproductions of specific meat, artificial flavourings and a lot of salt are often the norms. If you, like us at KoRo, try to eat as natural and additive-free as possible, we believe that it is always worth taking a good look at the ingredient list!
Are meat alternatives healthy?
Let's get straight to the point: there is no easy answer to this question. How healthy or unhealthy meat substitutes are, depends on many factors, like the substituted base used, its additives, and the degree of processing of the products. In short, meat alternatives must be assessed individually and valued from a nutritional point of view. One thing, however, is certain: no animal has to die for plant-based “meat”, which can therefore be enjoyed with a clear conscience.
At KoRo, we also have a clear conscience when it comes to the ingredients of our meat substitute products: in our selection, you are going to find only purely vegetable-based meat alternatives. True to our principles, we also ensure the best quality of ingredients, fair relationships with our suppliers, and the highest possible simplicity for our products. Our meat substitutes go through as few processing steps as possible and arrive at your home without additives in resource-saving value packs.
Many plant-based meat substitute products are naturally gluten-free, and sometimes contain a lot of protein and other important nutrients: soybeans in the form of tofu or soy granules, for example, are a fantastic source of protein. Products made from pea protein, such as our pea protein strips, reveal their high protein content in their name, but they also score high with their low-fat content. With 28 calories and less than one gram of fat per 100 grams, jackfruit is a delicious, low-calorie, and low-fat meat alternative which in addition delivers the fibre that real meat completely lacks.
The bottom line is that meat alternatives can definitely be healthy and a good addition to a varied and balanced meat-free diet. To make sure that you are doing something good not only for the animals and our planet, but for your body too, just check the ingredient list, processing method, and origin of the meat substitute before buying it. As you know, we at KoRo place great value on transparency and traceability; this is why you can find all the info you need about ingredients, processing, and origin of our meat alternatives on each products' page.
Meat replacements – how can they be used?
There are countless recipes that need no meat nor meat substitutes. However, meat alternatives can often add bite and texture to a dish and are also popular when, for a reason or the other, a "favourite meal of the past” is to be veganised. High in fibre and protein, and most of the time very low in fat, meat substitutes are incredibly versatile. Above all, tofu is a true all-rounder in meat-free cuisine, and you should never run out of it! Scrambled, fried, baked, added to soups and curries, or used as the base for stuffing, there is nothing that tofu cannot do!
If you are looking for a meat substitute for vegetarian barbecues with friends, tofu-and-vegetables skewers are a delicious idea. Soy strips, on the other hand, are probably the ideal meat substitute for your veggie Bolognese; simply replace parmesan with yeast flakes, and your pasta will be perfect! For those who find imitating traditional dishes too boring - well, there are no limits to innovative creations with meat alternatives. For the creative revolutionaries of traditions among you; we are sure that you will find in the groundbreaking use of jackfruit as a meat replacement, an incredible ally. While sweet and perfect as a snack when ripe, jackfruit becomes a great meaty addition to goulash and curry recipes, when harvested unripe; you can even imitate pulled pork with it, and make mouth-watering pulled jackfruit burgers! But jackfruit lives up to its reputation as the perfect meat alternative not only in meat substitute burgers but also as gyros and kebabs. As you can see, meat alternatives are not only tasty and nutritious but also invite you to try out completely new creations and can add a new dimension to your cooking game.
Recipes with meat alternatives
If you are looking for inspiration, take a look at our Food journal section, where we collect, among other things, all our favourite recipes. Use your tofu to add protein and a soft touch to your buddha bowls and noodle salads, or marinate it and make it the star of your sandwiches, and find out about combinations so perfect that will leave you speechless, like that of quinoa and smoked tofu! You can prepare a peanut butter sauce and sprinkle it over your Asian-inspired, tofu-based dishes, and the results are going to blow you away – it is a promise.
Textured soy is also another great meat alternative that can be used in a lot of yummy ways. One of our favourite combos is that of our soy chunks and kidney beans, for a balanced and high-protein meal. Still not enough? Then you should go for the protein champions, the pea protein strips, which will make a great impression in your next wintery stew. Even though jackfruit is a very exotic and still rather unknown fruit, its uses in vegan cuisine are quite simple and down-to-earth. Due to its neutral taste and meat-like texture, jackfruit pickled in brine is suitable, among other things, for vegetarian variants of hearty goulash dishes. We guarantee that, with the right marinade, uninitiated people will happily mistake this fibrous pulp for chicken breasts, when you serve them a nice casserole of potatoes with jackfruit!
All questions about meat substitutes
We want you to have all the information you need about our vegan meats. If you are looking for details about a specific product, take a look at its page and Specification document. Should you not find the right answers anywhere, please contact us via email or on our social media pages; we are always happy to help!
Why are KoRo’s meat alternatives so special?
At KoRo, quality, short supply chains, and simplicity are a must for all our products, and our meat substitutes are no exception. Characterized by the lowest possible degree of processing, our vegan meats are also free of artificial colourings, flavours, and preservatives. Our meat substitute products will impress with a quality that you can taste! Many ingredients come from certified organic cultivations.
By skipping some steps of the distribution chain, KoRo can often offer you the best price-performance ratio, reward its suppliers fairly, and be fairly environmentally friendly thanks to fewer transport routes. The practical value packs ensure less packaging waste and also reduce CO2 emissions, due to the fewer deliveries. Meat substitute products from KoRo are therefore good for you, the animals, and our environment. Win-win!
Are meat replacements high in protein?
As the definition of “meat substitutes” includes very different products, their protein contents vary accordingly. In our online shop, you will find a large selection of high-protein meat alternatives; with 60 grams of protein per 100, our pea protein strips are particularly rich in this plant-based muscle-building nutrient!
Do you have 100 % vegan meat alternatives?
Under the category Meat substitutes, you are going to find a large variety of completely plant-based “meats”. One of our favourites is the soft and juicy young jackfruit – such a versatile fruit you are sure to love!
Do KoRo’s vegan meats contain gluten?
Many of our meat substitutes are made from soy, pea protein, or jackfruit pulp, and therefore, most of the time, naturally gluten-free. We attach great importance to products that are as natural as possible and avoid artificial colourings, flavours, and preservatives - which often do contain gluten. We also pay attention to only use natural spices and herbs, and deliberately avoid adding wheat starch. You can find all ingredients on the respective product detail pages of our meat alternatives.