Roast beef is a popular Sunday lunch meal, often served with roasted vegetables and gravy. It comes from the skeletal muscle of beautiful cows. Here are some plant-based alternatives, that are far friendlier to our bovine chums. These are not real meat, so keep away from pets (many recipes contain pet-toxic ingredients like mushrooms, onion and garlic).
Vegan Seitan Roast Beef (Carlo Cao) is a recipe that took years to make perfect, and now it really does look and taste like roast beef. Seitan is wheat gluten, a protein that can be made to replicate meat, if prepared in the right way. Brushed with mustard, it’s brown and cooked with white wine and veggie stock. This recipe is by a young Swiss-Italian chef, who is a rising star in the vegan world. His recipes and photographs are phenomenal, and he has already published his first ‘Vegan Party Food’ book that you can buy from his site.
Gaz Oakley’s Vegan Brisket (Avant Garde Vegan) is the ultimate vegan meat recipe. This recipe uses seitan (vital wheat gluten) and jackfruit (a fruit thast tastes like meat) to make a dinner that is ideal for special occasions, lasts for a few days in the fridge and can even be cut and frozen. Serves 10 to 15 people. Gaz is a professionally trained Welsh chef, who is taking the world by storm with his amazing recipes and photos.
Vegan Portobello ‘Roast Beef’ Sandwiches (One Ingredient Chef) are ideal for people who prefer traditional meat foods, but like to eat plants. These replace the meat with mushrooms, which are thinly sliced and sauteed in soy sauce and garlic, for umami teaste. The ‘beef’ is served with a cashew mayonnaise with chipotles and smoked paprika, then served with tomatoes and sprouts, or micro greens. Serve with white rolls or Ezeikiel bread.
Roast ‘beef’ Joint (Aaron Calder) is made with vital wheat gluten flour, chickpeas, mushrooms and beetroot, with lots of flavourings including paprika, garlic and nutritional yeast. There is also some soy sauce and yeast extract in there, too.
Vegan Lemongrass ‘Beef’ Stew (Full of Plants) is a spicy stew ideal for cold weather. The tasty broth is infused with garlic, chilli and lemongrass.
Beef (made from watermelon!)
This BBQ Watermelon Fillet (Avant Garde Vegan) is about as inventive as vegan recipes get. Who would have thought? The watermelons are seasoned with sea salt, and then seasoned with a marinade made from lime, tahini, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. There is also some spicy heat in there with garlic, jalapeno peppers, spring onions and fresh cilantro/corandier. Gaz is a professionally trained Welsh chef, who is taking the world by storm with his amazing recipes and photos.
Where to Buy Vegan Roast Beef
If ordering online, keep ice gel packs away from pets and children. Recycle packaging with household waste or at supermarket bag bins.
The Very Good Butcher’s Roast Beast (Canada) is made with organic wheat gluten, kidney beans, onion, herbs and spices, then rubbed with a maple glaze and grainy mustard. Slice for a sandwich or use on a charcuterie board,
VBites Cheatin’ Roast Beef Slices are good in a baguette with plant-based cheese, or use in Mexican dishes, plant-based stroganoff with juicy mushrooms, or with pizzas, casseroles, stir-fries and salads.