You don’t have to give up on the flavors and textures of fish when you go vegan. In addition to vegan seafood products available in the stores, you can make your own. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Vegan tuna salad
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, low-sodium, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked garbanzo beans)
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup low fat vegan mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
1 teaspoon mustard of choice (optional)
Coarsely chop garbanzo beans in a food processor or mash beans with a potato masher. Do not over process the beans to a smooth consistency, you want it to have some texture. Place beans in a bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill.
Note: Mashed tofu or cauliflower could also be used instead of garbanzo beans. Read more
Most of us have seen meatless burgers, sausages, ground beef, and even chicken in our local grocery store, but vegan seafood has been slowest to hit the shelves. That’s all starting to change, however, with companies like Trader Joe’s releasing crab-less cakes earlier this year, and companies starting to produce vegan products for the masses.
Tuna giant Bumble Bee Foods is partnering with the plant-based seafood brand Good Catch to help bring plant-based fish to consumers nationwide. According to a news release, Bumble Bee will leverage its sales, distribution and logistics expertise to get Good Catch to consumers at affordable prices.
Good Catch, a producer of plant-based meat alternatives, has just released a line of vegan tuna at Whole Foods and Thrive Market. Good Catch spent over two years trying to replicate canned tuna’s unique texture and flavor with legumes and algae. The fish-free tuna pouches come in three flavors—Naked in Water, Mediterranean, and Oil & Herbs.
Each pouch contains 14g of protein, which comes from the company’s signature “6-Plant Protein Blend” of soy, chickpeas, lentils, peas, fava, and navy beans. The product is also gluten-free and made with non-GMO ingredients.
Chris Kerr, co-founder and CEO of Good Catch, says “We see a big opportunity to offer a plant-based alternative that tastes great, without supporting the inherent problems of the seafood industry, including mercury, PCBs and microplastic health hazards, horrendous sea-life suffering and overfishing.”
Good Catch isn’t the only company selling plant-based tuna, either. Brands like Sophie’s Kitchen and Loma Linda also sell their own vegan versions of the canned fish. Sophie’s Kitchen sells a wide variety of vegan seafood alternatives. There’s no longer any reason to feel like you have to eat fish!