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Vegan “Tuna” Pasta Salad (High Protein) Recipe

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Have you ever tried vegan “tuna”? I am fascinated by the amount of new vegan products out in the market nowadays. It is truly showing that veganism has come so far and it is growing every day.

I know what some non-vegans are thinking – why do vegans eat foods that are imitations of non-vegan foods?! Why don’t they just eat vegan foods that are not trying to be anything else?

I believe there are a number of reasons that vegans like trying or eating foods that are imitations of non-vegan foods.

The biggest reason is that most vegans were NOT vegan from birth. Most vegans grew up eating animal products just like every one else but decided to make an ethical decision to stop eating that way and exploiting animals. So most vegans are accustomed to eating animal products regularly which means we probably enjoy the taste of some of these products. Because these vegans didn’t quit eating animal products because of the taste, they still might want to consume foods that taste similar to what they’re used to BUT without the cruelty aspect. It’s not just for the “good taste” but also for a nostalgic factor as well.

Second reason (in my opinion) is that humans are SOCIAL creatures. We like to fit into society and be a member of society. We cannot survive in isolation. So anything that makes us feel a bit more “normal” like we are a regular member of society probably is a good thing in our books. So the fact that we are still able to enjoy the foods that the great majority of society eats is looked on as a good thing. Even if we don’t eat these foods every day.

Anyway those are just my two cents! What are your thoughts?

So the reason why I said all of that is because there’s a new and exciting product out in the market now – vegan tuna.

Now, I’ve tried a different vegan brand of “tuna” before and I have to say I was heavily disappointed. Even though the packaging looked just like tuna packaging, it tasted nothing like tuna, and not only that – it tasted pretty bad. It had a very strong taste and almost reminded me of cat food. NOT pleasant.

This “tuna” on the other hand (brand is below in the ingredients list) was actually quite pleasant- not super strong flavour or odour but a slight fishy taste. I don’t think you could fool people that it is real tuna, BUT it really gave a similar vibe. The texture was really on-point in my opinion. The taste wasn’t super tuna-like but because the taste was so subtle and the texture was very similar, it really gave me the impression I was eating a tuna pasta salad! Amazing.

I wonder how many of you guys have tried this vegan “tuna”? What are your thoughts ?

OF course – this isn’t going to be a cheap product by any means – products like this are always going to be more expensive. However – this does allow for LAZINESS. Allowing you to just rip open a package and consume 14g of protein of fake tuna…! lol.

Vegan “Tuna” Pasta Salad (High Protein)

Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1 serving of protein-based pasta or regular pasta of choice (I used Banza Rotini made from chickpeas which contains 25g of protein per 3.5oz serving)
  • 1 serving of Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna or mashed chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup coleslaw mix, shredded cabbage or other fresh vegetables of your choice 
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegan mayo 
  • 2 tbsp relish 
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard 
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions. 
  2. While pasta is cooking, add in the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl. 
  3. Once pasta is finished, drain and rinse thoroughly with cold water. 
  4. Add into the large bowl and mix until well-combined. 
  5. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary. 
  6. Serve cold! 
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