This post's especially for readers and subscribers living in Nigeria.
A while back, I got my hands on a pack of 'Vegetarian Chunks' a.k.a. 'VegMeat', a product created by the individuals behind Nigeria's first vegan restaurant situated on Lagos Island - Veggie Victory. In spite of the name, it is in fact suitable for vegans. If you think going vegan is impossible because you absolutely looovvveee your meat, but there's a part of you that would totally go for it if a worthy alternative existed, then this product may be just perfect for you.
With no additives or preservatives, VegMeat is a healthy meat substitute that has the taste and likeness of beef. Bonus? It has none of the cholesterol that you find in meat, making it ideal for anyone who wants to avoid heart-related diseases in the long-run or is simply looking to watch their weight.
So, I'm sure you're just gagging to know what it's actually made of. You'll be pleased to hear that the ingredients are wholesome and chemical-free: soya protein, wheat, garlic, ginger, salt, vegetable oil, onion.
It's many uses include but are not limited to: stews, soups (like efo riro and egusi), and suya.
At N500 (98p) for a packet which serves about 4 people, it won't add too much of a dent to your budget.
If you're in the diaspora, I'm sure you already know which meat substitutes are out there. Soya chunks can be bought online from Amazon, or in stores like Holland & Barrett, and Planet Organic.
- 2 cups red stew mix (blended tomatoes, red peppers and onions)
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
- 150g vegetarian chunks
- vegetable stock cube
- salt to taste
In a large pan/pot, heat the sunflower oil and add the red stew mix. You can make this dish oil-free if you wish.Add the vegetable stock cube and season with salt.
Add the vegetarian chunks. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetarian chunks have softened.
Serve on a bed of rice or other carb of choice.