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Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, I was put on a vegan diet as part of my treatment. The hardest things to give up were sausages and cheese! Having tried just about all the substitutes out there, I now enjoy Field Roast sausages (especially the Italian style, with peppers and onions), and Go Veggie! cheese shreds. Excellent!
Probably fish. I try to make vegan versions and rarely succeed, but I sometimes buy vegan versions from the store.
Bacon! Also tuna sandwiches, pepperoni pizza, and smores. But mostly bacon. I've been veggie for 25 years so have adapted most of my recipes to be meatless. There are so many more recipes now than when I converted. No craving can stand up to being able to look a cow in the eye with a clear conscience!
I miss ham and seafood like shrimp, mussels, scallops. I also miss chitterlings and hog maws. I have learned how to get the ham, chitterlings and hog maws taste but I still haven't found anything to give me that seafood taste. But I'm still working on it
I loved spicy cured meats, so I found a recipe for vegetarian seitan-based sausages. I experimented with flavor combinations, and I can now make killer veggie pepperoni and Italian sausages.
I love strong flavors, and I very much enjoy all the spices I discovered in ethnic veg foods, but I miss the old "stinky" foods, such as sardines, anchovies, or stinky cheeses like Roquefort, Stilton, overripe Brie. Flavor is relatively easy to imitate in vegan foods, but the texture is more difficult, for instance I haven't found a good generic substitute for the fluffiness of egg whites in baking. I would appreciate any suggestions, thank you.
BBQ baby back ribs.... Boca makes a meatless rib packaged in its own delicious BBQ sauce
The ONLY thing I miss is bacon when Im camping
Actually, I've been a vegetarian for so long, I don't really miss anything. I've found a more creative me in the foods I prepare and it's always fun to devise something new in a recipe. Love the vt recipes. Eating out can be problematic, since in my are of the USA vegetarian dishes are few and far between.
Milk...all the soy, rice drinks just don't work for me.
I miss corned beef and bacon. Nobody has come up with a good "copy". But I definitely will not eat the real thing. Nothing dies for my dinners
Its been almost 35 yrs of being a veg and although I don't miss eating bacon/sausages, etc., I still would enjoy their smoky flavor. I recently discovered smoked paprika....even added it to tonight's chickpeas and spinach...Yum!
Seafood - especially on our annual trip to the beach. Also the smell of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
Pulled pork sandwiches. Now, when I need my fix I grill up some barbecued seitan, spread on plenty of veg friendly bbq sauce and put it all on a soft sprout bun. Finger licking good!
Seafood! I miss shrimp and crawfish, and clams and crab rolls and grouper sandwiches. And even tuna salad. There just isn't any seafood substitute. But it's ok. It's been over 20 years, and I'm not going back.
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