Supermarket Savvy

As more and more people are kicking meat off the menu, grocery stores are stocking their shelves with a growing variety of meat-free options.

Even your neighborhood chain grocery store is likely to carry a couple of kinds of veggie burgers and meat-free entrées. Check the frozen section for burritos, veggie burgers, and other quick, tasty, heat-and-eat meals. Some stores keep a selection of meat-free items in the produce section, so be sure to check among the fruits and veggies too.

Speaking of fruits and veggies, you can create a world of flavorful, colorful, satisfying meals that feature these nutrition-packed gems. Check out the recipe sectionfor ideas, or just toss some sautéed veggies with cooked pasta or rice and your favorite sauce for a quick, meat-free fix! You can find a wide selection of produce, canned beans, and other meat-free meal staples at virtually any supermarket.

If you live near a city, there are even some chain stores that cater specifically to those looking for meat-free options. To pack your cart with an exciting assortment of meat-free meats, meat-free entrées, organic produce, and other goodies, check out chains like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

In some neighborhoods, there are even funky little health food shops or natural foods grocers. If there is a place like this in your town, lucky you! These places tend to carry all kinds of meat-free items, and they sometimes even have delis where you can purchase prepared, meat-free meals to go! To find out if there’s a natural grocery near you, go to www.vegguide.org and type in the name of your city.

Of course, not all of us live in an area with access to natural foods grocery chains and health food stores. If you find yourself bored with the offerings at your local grocer (and aren’t feeling ambitious enough to try some of the amazing, meat-free recipes on this site), there are many places where you can order meat-free products online to be delivered right to your door. Go directly to the sites listed under Eat for ordering information, or check out the meat alternatives available at www.veganessentials.com  or www.thevegetariansite.com for a great selection.

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