You might have heard that eating more plant-based and less meat is good for your health, but did you know that it’s also amazing for the planet and the animals? Or maybe you’re already on the veggie train but your boyfriend or friends are really skeptical to eat a whole meal without meat because they think that they will suffer from protein deficiency? Let’s just say we have experienced all the scenarios and the solution to this problem has arrived!
We have teamed up with VegMe to show you how to make the most delicious plant-based meals which are both filling, nourishing, juicy and sustainable. VegMe is originally from Sweden made by the Schönemyr family wanting to create a meat substitute that was both tasty and good for the planet. It’s really the perfect product for people who are reluctant to consume less meat but just need to try something else to be convinced. We actually tasted VegMe for the first time during EAT Stockholm food forum in 2017 and have been waiting for it to arrive in Norway.
VegMe has created a line of vegan pulled, bites, balls, minced meat substitutes, vegan mayonnaise, and vegan aioli. The products are created by chefs in Sweden using European soybeans which are GMO-free, gluten-free and of course egg-free. We tested them all out and here is one of our favorite VegMe meals.
So why is eating less meat healthier for you, and the planet?
The agricultural industry is actually one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. Studies show that the food system could account for almost 25% of all human emissions and that agriculture is responsible for about 75% of global deforestation(1). A meat-centric Western diet comes with a pretty prices tag, one-fifth of global emissions! (2) Meat will probably and hopefully soon start to be considered as a luxury that you can have every once in a while and plants as the main source of fuel. As the best selling environmental book of 2017, the Drawdown, concludes “If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases” (3).
The products are sold at MENY in Norway. The only thing we have to point out is that buying these products include consuming lots of plastic, which we understand is necessary to keep the produce fresh, but will affect our consumption somewhat. So when you are done with the package, cleat in and please RECYCLE!
10 people, 30 minutes
- 3 packages minced VegMe
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- Fresh chili & garlic
- Coconut oil for frying
- 3 packages vegan cheese – we used Wilhelmsburger cheddar from Meny
- 2 (xxl) packages nachos chips
- VegMe aioli
Place the nachos on a tray while you set the oven to about 200 degrees. Fry the fresh chili, garlic, and VegMe in 1 tsp coconut oil together with the dried spices that you wish – it’s a lot so do it in rounds. We recommend paprika and cummin for a taco flavors nachos. Add the VegMe on top of the nachos and add cheese on top of that. Be sure to spread it equally around to make sure the cheese covers all the VegMe. Place it in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the cheese melts. Serve with homemade salsa and guacamole.
VegMe nachos to celebrate Susanne & Cornelia turning 26 years old! The fresh and soft texture of the VegMe makes them a perfect meat substitute, and it was a huge success.