The Old Switcheroo

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This food switcheroo was brought to you by Beyond Meat.
I recently decided to start cutting some things from my diet. This included meat and I knew it was going to be hard. My husband has been trying to lower his cholesterol as well so he was all for cutting meat from some of our meals as well. When you’ve been eating meat for a long time, it’s hard to cut everything cold turkey (pun intended), so I’ve been finding good replacements to help with the transition. I took the Future of Protein Challenge and switched the meat in one of my families favorite meals and didn’t tell them.  IMG_1372.JPG

 I used Beyond Meat’s Italian Meatballs in place of my normal meatball recipe. They are super easy to make, you just brown them and pop them into your favorite sauce. Beyond Meat uses plant protein to make products like chicken strips and tenders to meatballs and beef crumbles. It allows me to eat things I love like tacos, chili, and chicken salads while still being meat free. I threw the meatballs right into the sauce to cook them, 


I let my girls take a few bites of their dinner before I told them about the switcheroo I performed on their meals. It was actually hilarious to watch. My husband was working late so he didn’t get a chance to see their faces but I managed to get a video after my oldest tried them. Her reaction was even better than I expected it would be. There was a high-pitched, Really?! followed by a fake faint! But me describing it will never be as good as watching it. Check out the video!

Plant protein consumption is at a tipping point with elite athletes like Maya Moore (a local Atlantan!) as early adopters. Maya Moore is a kick butt basketball player who loves Beyond Meat Chicken Parm with Angel Hair pasta. That’s my kind of girl. These athletes intuitively understand the benefits of plant-based proteins, and so they’ve partnered with Beyond Meat to effectively communicate–by example–the benefits to other families and their children. When Maya was asked about switching to a plant-based diet she had this to say:

“I feel better, I can maintain an optimal playing weight, and I feel that I’m taking care of my body in a way that will pay off even after I’m done competing professionally.



More and more people are deciding to remove not only meat but animal byproducts as well. I know a few of my friends have gone vegan and rave about how much better they feel. Which is one of the main reasons I’ve decided to give it a try myself. It’s going to be a big change for me and I’ve discovered that there are different “kinds” of vegans, I think I’ll end up falling into one of these categories:

  • Virtually Vegan – No meat, and avoids dairy and eggs as much as possible.
  • Paris Vegan – Eats vegan daily, but vegetarian while dining out and with family/friends. 
  • Travel Vegan – East vegan daily but experiments with local cuisine while traveling. 


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  • You can buy discounted Beyond Meat products with this coupon. 
  • Secretly substitute a Beyond Meat product in a family-favorite meal. Click here* to download Beyond Meat product info and some suggested recipes.
  • After everyone has enjoyed the meal, reveal to them that the meat they just ate was made from 100% plants! Capture their thoughts, comments, and of course, empty plates and happy faces.
  • Post your photos and a recap of the dinner to Instagram or Twitter by 11:00PM PST on 10/31, tagging @BeyondMeat and #FutureOfProtein. —this will automatically enter you in the sweepstakes.
  • Repeat whenever your family wants to enjoy protein-packed meals without the downsides of animal meat.
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  1. While I’m a meat lover sometimes I believe I can take a break from meat. I like trying different things and if I can have it and not change my favorite meals too much that would be awesome!

  2. I like to make meatless meals for may family so I’m always looking for delicious plant based substitutes. I’m going to grab one of the coupons you shared and look for some of those meatballs I’d really like to try them , they look tasty.


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