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21 'Meaty' vegan substitutes to help you kick your bacon and sausage habit

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Vegan "meat" treats

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Vegan "meat" treats

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer just released a statement saying that processed meats, like bacon, ham, sausage and jerky, cause cancer. Those who relish the salty, smoky, umami flavor of processed meats are alarmed, but there's hope.

You can still enjoy the flavors and textures you love, with no risk, thanks to these vegan processed meat substitutes. Coconut bacon, anyone?

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Vegan coconut bacon

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Vegan coconut bacon

Smoky, salty, slightly sweet coconut bacon can be used anywhere that bacon bits would be.

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Seitan bacon

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Seitan bacon

This meaty seitan bacon is perfect for sandwiches.

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Vegan tempeh bacon

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Vegan tempeh bacon

Healthy tempeh takes to bacon marinade like a duck to water in this easy recipe.

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Eggplant bacon

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Eggplant bacon

Thinly sliced eggplant is a slightly crispy, slightly chewy bacon substitute you'll find yourself eating plain.

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TVP vegan bacon bits

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TVP vegan bacon bits

These savory "bacon" bits are made with textured vegetable protein.

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Vegan breakfast sausage patties

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Vegan breakfast sausage patties

These vegan sausage patties are the perfect accompaniment to your breakfast.

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King oyster mushroom bacon

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King oyster mushroom bacon

These meaty slices of king oyster mushroom bacon look almost like the real thing.

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Vegan chorizo sausages

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Vegan chorizo sausages

These heavily spiced vegan chorizo sausages are great in tacos or on a roll with mustard.

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Portobello mushroom vegan bacon

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Portobello mushroom vegan bacon

Meaty slices of portobello mushrooms make for a satisfying vegan bacon substitute.

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Vegan corned beef

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Vegan corned beef

Stack it on sandwiches, serve it with cabbage... You can enjoy this corned "beef" without worrying.

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Vegan red lentil sausage

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Vegan red lentil sausage

These red lentil sausages, full of fiber and healthy fats, are a much safer bet than the traditional kind.

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Tofu bacon

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Tofu bacon

This classic vegetarian protein gets a bacon makeover with just a handful of ingredients.

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Gluten-free Italian sausage

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Gluten-free Italian sausage

This spicy vegan, gluten-free sausage will liven up your dinner.

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Shiitake bacon

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Shiitake bacon

These crispy, chewy shiitake slices are packed with umami, just like bacon.

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Vegan hot dogs

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Vegan hot dogs

Ditch the processed meat in favor of these tasty homemade vegan hot dogs

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Vegan sun-dried tomato sausages

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Vegan sun-dried tomato sausages

These vegan sausages are full of healthy stuff, like mushrooms, seeds and sun-dried tomatoes.

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Spicy Sriracha tofu jerky

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Spicy Sriracha tofu jerky

Spicy, chewy and protein-packed, this tofu jerky is the ultimate snack.

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Seitan pepperoni

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Seitan pepperoni

Top your pizzas and stuff your calzones with this meat-free pepperoni.

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Vegan Italian sausages

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Vegan Italian sausages

White beans and wheat gluten give these vegan Italian sausages an unbeatable texture.

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