Linda McCartney sausages and mozzarella 1/4 burgers £1 a box at home bargains
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Linda McCartney sausages and mozzarella 1/4 burgers £1 a box at home bargains

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Linda McCartney's vegetarian sausages and vegetarian mozzarella 1/4 lb burgers £1 a box at home bargains
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StephenAbut1 h, 31 m ago

I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still …I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??


Some vegetarians/vegans like the taste, look and texture of meat but just don’t want to kill animals to get it.
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Great price. The burgers are delicious.
I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??
StephenAbut35 m ago

I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still …I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??


I think the burger type meal has become a paradigm and it's easier to get people to eat better if you can provide as little apparent change to thier eating habits as possible.

Also these are tasty!
StephenAbut1 h, 31 m ago

I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still …I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??


Some vegetarians/vegans like the taste, look and texture of meat but just don’t want to kill animals to get it.
StephenAbut2 h, 27 m ago

I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still …I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??


I've been a veggie for decades (damn I sound old) and I can't understand it myself.

There is so much great vegetarian and vegan food out there that the poor attempts at mock meat are damn near an insult to vegetarian and vegan food/cooking.
This applies to the argument that they are for people converting, why have bad food that looks vaguely familiar and hints at a meat taste when you can have good food? It's enough to put people off thinking all vegetarian/vegan food is of the same standard,
joedastudd12 m ago

I've been a veggie for decades (damn I sound old) and I can't understand …I've been a veggie for decades (damn I sound old) and I can't understand it myself.There is so much great vegetarian and vegan food out there that the poor attempts at mock meat are damn near an insult to vegetarian and vegan food/cooking.This applies to the argument that they are for people converting, why have bad food that looks vaguely familiar and hints at a meat taste when you can have good food? It's enough to put people off thinking all vegetarian/vegan food is of the same standard,


Well that was exactly my train of thought. Although (don't throw veg at me for my confession) I am an omnivore, to me it's like my arguing I can convert you by making tripe look like lettuce, and that it's plain evil to dig up my lettuce patch! I know there are great Vegan / vegetarian dishes - I've enjoyed many, and don't need them to look like a minced-up pig or cow to be tempted.
The burgers are great, sausages not so good imo.
I am not a vegan etc but love the burgers, always stock up when on offer.
StephenAbut2 h, 10 m ago

Well that was exactly my train of thought. Although (don't throw veg at me …Well that was exactly my train of thought. Although (don't throw veg at me for my confession) I am an omnivore, to me it's like my arguing I can convert you by making tripe look like lettuce, and that it's plain evil to dig up my lettuce patch! I know there are great Vegan / vegetarian dishes - I've enjoyed many, and don't need them to look like a minced-up pig or cow to be tempted.


Bit of a wonky argument there. Animals have feelings and are generally aware of their environment, vegetables (as far as we are aware at this time) do not.

These types of products are usually aimed at people who want to reduce the amount of meat they eat, rather than veggies/vegans. Bit like Quorn mince etc. A lot of people are stuck in their ways and like their protein to come in familiar shapes/smells/tastes. Perhaps the people will try these as a gateway to going meat-free, perhaps not, it's still better than nothing.

I'm all for it if it reduces the amount of meat eaten.
Edited by: "ollie87" 3rd Jan
StephenAbut7 h, 2 m ago

I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still …I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??


I know, right? I went to VegFest once (as neither a vegetarian nor vegan), thinking it was a vegetarian festival; turns out it was vegan. I was expecting lots of healthy dishes made up of veg... beans... pulses, whatever. Pretty much all of the food on offer was soya formed to look like some kind of meat or fish dish. They had fish and chips... that looked just like battered fish with chips. (I avoid unfermented soy). They had vegan cod roe which was basically tiny pink sacks of salt water that tasted not unlike cod roe but devoid of any nutritional value and plied with an inordinate amount of salt. It was at VegFest that I realised that vegan doesn't necessarily equal healthy. I don't particularly love the taste of meat but Vegfest succeeded in turning me on to burgers. Gourmet Burger Kitchen burgers, to be precise. I hadn't had a meat burger in years but seeing all that fake meat made me crave it like never before. I ended up having more meat burgers in a few weeks than I'd had in many years. Making everything look non-vegan just invites taste comparisons and the real thing will always win out imho.
It's not necessarily about it looking like meat but a lot of people will eat these as a gateway to a vegetarian diet or to supplement a vegetarian diet. Who doesn't want burger and fries occasionally.. even if it's a vegan/vegetarian burger and fries?

Everyone can enjoy that or at least join the fun with others eating meat or not.
Manda23rd Jan

Making everything look non-vegan just invites taste comparisons and the …Making everything look non-vegan just invites taste comparisons and the real thing will always win out imho.



StephenAbut3rd Jan

I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still …I've noticed these before, and yes it's a great Price. However, I still remain completely mystified as to why a vegaterian / vegan wants to make something look like meat??


Just stumbled across this after searching, I've been a veggie since 1987 and I can fully understand why these products are sold. I don't understand why people think if your a veggie you'll automatically love vegetables. I've met loads of fellow veggies in the last 30 years and very few of them became a veggie because they didn't like the taste of meat.

A lot of people( me included) liked the taste of meat but don't eat it for ethical reasons, also people eat these kind of products because of the convenience and familiarity of the products they are intended to imitate.

When people ask me how these products compare to the real thing I can't honestly say after 30 years I can't remember but even if I did, then the real thing would still lose out IMHO.
roversblues1 h, 19 m ago

Just stumbled across this after searching, I've been a veggie since 1987 …Just stumbled across this after searching, I've been a veggie since 1987 and I can fully understand why these products are sold. I don't understand why people think if your a veggie you'll automatically love vegetables. I've met loads of fellow veggies in the last 30 years and very few of them became a veggie because they didn't like the taste of meat. A lot of people( me included) liked the taste of meat but don't eat it for ethical reasons, also people eat these kind of products because of the convenience and familiarity of the products they are intended to imitate. When people ask me how these products compare to the real thing I can't honestly say after 30 years I can't remember but even if I did, then the real thing would still lose out IMHO.


I don't remember saying that "a veggie will automatically like vegetables". I went veggie many moons ago and I couldn't stand vegetables at the time, which is precisely why I did it... as a challenge to myself to see if I could do it for a year. As it turned out, by the year end I was turned off meat and on to veg and continued for years. Nothing to do with ethical reasons. I am aware that people stop eating meat for all kinds of reasons. Personally, I was interested in VegFest because I keep, erroneously, equating vegetarian food with healthy food. There's nothing healthy about unfermented soy in my experience and it's a shame that so much veggie food is plied with the stuff. I get that a lot of people don't turn veggie for health reasons and, frankly, it's probably just as well if this is what they're eating to replace meat.

I would think there would be less questions about taste comparisons if the makers of these vegan products didn't use the same names for their products that the original products have. Cheez, mylk, chicken. Chicken that doesn't come from a chicken is as non-sensical as Jade Goody's assertion that chickpeas come from chickens. Just call it something else and be done with it.
polarbaba4th Jan

It's not necessarily about it looking like meat but a lot of people will …It's not necessarily about it looking like meat but a lot of people will eat these as a gateway to a vegetarian diet or to supplement a vegetarian diet. Who doesn't want burger and fries occasionally.. even if it's a vegan/vegetarian burger and fries?Everyone can enjoy that or at least join the fun with others eating meat or not.


Me - Give me unprocessed meat and vegetables every time. In fact - give me "unprocessed" which applies to both meat based and veg based. I just looked at the list of ingredients in these:

Rehydrated Textured Soya Protein (64%), Rapeseed Oil, Onion (8%), Mozzarella Cheese (Milk) (8%), Seasoning (Yeast Extract, Malted Barley Extract, Onion Powder, Flavouring, Salt, Garlic Powder), Stabiliser: Methyl Cellulose, Chickpea Flour, Flavouring (Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Acid: Citric Acid), Garlic Purée, Malted Barley Extract, Onion Powder.

What "flavouring?, what "stabiliser"?, can't be bothered to find out what "methyl cellulose" is!! More "extracts" than you can shake a stick at!!
Edited by: "StephenAbut" 8th Jan
StephenAbut8th Jan

Me - Give me unprocessed meat and vegetables every time. In fact - give me …Me - Give me unprocessed meat and vegetables every time. In fact - give me "unprocessed" which applies to both meat based and veg based. I just looked at the list of ingredients in these:Rehydrated Textured Soya Protein (64%), Rapeseed Oil, Onion (8%), Mozzarella Cheese (Milk) (8%), Seasoning (Yeast Extract, Malted Barley Extract, Onion Powder, Flavouring, Salt, Garlic Powder), Stabiliser: Methyl Cellulose, Chickpea Flour, Flavouring (Yeast Extract, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Acid: Citric Acid), Garlic Purée, Malted Barley Extract, Onion Powder.What "flavouring?, what "stabiliser"?, can't be bothered to find out what "methyl cellulose" is!! More "extracts" than you can shake a stick at!!


What Flavouring? Think it clearly states in the brackets what they are. The stabiliser, Methyl cellulose is a plant based emulsifier. You must have a very small stick, seeing there are only 2 extracts. Both Malted Barley extract and yeast extract (think Marmite) are full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids and are both sold in most good health shops.
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