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Secret ingredient: Use hearts of palm to make vegan shellfish, seafood and meat

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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Hearts of palm are a hidden gem

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Hearts of palm are a hidden gem

Jackfruit is getting all the love these days as the ultimate vegan meat substitute. But it turns out that a can of hearts of palm (you can buy them frozen too) might just give jackfruit a run for its money.

Hearts of palm are especially adept at masquerading as seafood, so pick some up today, and get ready to change up your usual menu.

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Spicy vegan lobster rolls

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Spicy vegan lobster rolls

Get your fill of lobster rolls while sticking to your vegan diet thanks to succulent hearts of palm. 

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Vegan fried calamari rings

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Vegan fried calamari rings

Deep-fried hearts of palm rings will quell your calamari cravings.

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Vegan hearts of palm ceviche

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Vegan hearts of palm ceviche

Citrusy, salty and slightly sweet, this vegan ceviche is begging to be scooped up with tortilla chips.

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Hearts of palm scallop fried rice

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Hearts of palm scallop fried rice

Dried seaweed makes thick coins of palm heart taste like tender scallops in this vegan fried rice recipe.

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Vegan hearts of palm tuna salad

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Vegan hearts of palm tuna salad

Hearts of palm gets an oceanic vibe thanks to kelp granules in this creative vegan tuna salad recipe.

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Vegan hearts of palm crabcakes

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Vegan hearts of palm crabcakes

Crispy cakes made from hearts of palm, corn and red pepper will totally take the place of crab in your kitchen.

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Hearts of palm crab salad

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Hearts of palm crab salad

Sliced hearts of palm mixed with plenty of vegan mayo and Old Bay makes a "crab" salad you'll adore.

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Hearts of palm and mushroom marrow

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Hearts of palm and mushroom marrow

Hearts of palm stuffed with savory mushrooms and beans is a whimsical vegan take on marrow bones.

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Hearts of palm carnitas

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Hearts of palm carnitas

Shredded hearts of palm simmered with a delicious marinade are the carnitas substitute you've been craving.

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Hearts of palm pulled BBQ sandwich

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Hearts of palm pulled BBQ sandwich

Pulled barbecued hearts of palm make for one hell of a vegan sandwich.

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