By Lisa Rimmert, Director of Development
This past week, I visited my parents in Illinois. They live about 45 minutes from St. Louis, which is home to a vegan meat company called Match Meats. These delicious vegan meats are widely available in supermarkets in and around the St. Louis metro area, as well as in select restaurants and grocery stores across the country.
I enjoy sharing vegan food with my mom and dad, neither of whom is vegetarian or vegan, so I picked up two Match Meat products from the store to make a couple meals for them.
The first meal was Hummusapien’s Skinny Vegan Lasagna, with a few slight tweaks. The grocery store we went to didn’t sell nutritional yeast, so I mixed a couple tablespoons of vegan cream cheese into the tofu mixture instead. It worked well to add a cheesy flavor. I also added about half a package of Match Ground Beef. After defrosting it in a bowl of hot water, I heated the crumbles in a frying pan and then added them to the tofu mixture. Though it wasn’t the most photogenic meal, it was really yummy!
I asked my parents to rate the meal, so I could report the results to you. My mom gave the meal 5 out of 5 stars, and my dad gave it 4 out of 5. I call that a success!
The second meal I made consisted of Match Ready-To-Cook Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken, Daiya Deluxe Cheddar Style Cheezy Mac, and a mixture of canned zucchini and green beans. This was my first time trying the Cheezy Mac, and I was very happy with the taste. And of course the Mediterranean Stuffed Chicken was fantastic. I like this meal because it’s very reminiscent of meals I ate before going vegan. With its hearty main dish and two sides, it was similar to non-vegan dinners I remember from years ago — besides being animal-free of course.
My mom gave this meal 5 stars, and my dad held out at 4.5.
It’s fun sharing vegan food with loved ones, and it’s an effective way to advocate for animals. I think my parents were pleasantly surprised to like these two meals so much, and I hope they’ll cook with Match Meats on their own after I leave.