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    I Tried Beyond Meat's Plant-Based Ground "Beef" And I Have Some Thoughts

    It's made from plants, but it looks and tastes like meat.

    I'm Hannah, and while I'm not strictly vegetarian, I try not to eat red meat often. I'm a huge fan of Beyond Meat's plant-based burgers, so when I found out that the same company came out with a meat-free substitute for ground beef, I needed to try it.

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    The Beyond Beef is made of pea, mung bean and rice proteins, which apparently give it a meaty taste and texture.

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    It's totally plant-based, and each 4-ounce serving contains 20 grams of protein and 250 calories.

    I'm not going to lie, at first the hunk of plant-based beef looked a little suspect. But I had a feeling that like the Beyond Meat burger, this stuff would turn out impressive. So I got cooking.

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    At first, the "beef" was sort of mushy and clumped together on the pan, but it soon changed texture just like ground meat does. It firmed up and began to crumble while it also turned brown in color.

    Not only did the texture resemble that of real meat, but the taste is so similar, too. Honestly, it sort of blew my mind.

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    If you blind-folded me and gave me a taste of real ground beef and the Beyond Meat version, I really don't think I would have known the difference. This is not a sponsored post, people, I am genuinely mind-blown by this stuff.

    Few people eat ground beef on its own, so I decided to see how this stuff holds up in recipes. First, I made some pasta "bolognese" by tossing the ground "beef" with spaghetti, tomato sauce, and spices.

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    This👏🏼 Stuff 👏🏼 Is👏🏼 Wild👏🏼

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    The faux-lognese (see what I did there) had a chewy, sort of fatty texture and a super savory and delightfully greasy taste to it. It was genuinely so good.

    I also tried making meatballs with the Beyond Beef. According to the instructions, you just substitute it for ground meat in your go-to meatball recipe. I added a tiny bit of milk, an egg, bread crumbs, and some spices. Then, I cooked them in a little bit of oil.

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    I cooked the meatballs for a few minutes on each side until the exterior was nicely browned and crispy. I cut into the meatballs to make sure they were cooked through.

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    Slightly crunchy on the outside, super moist and chewy on the inside, these meatless balls are a very convincing substitute for the real thing. Too convincing, perhaps.

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    TL;DR: This stuff is the real deal. Run, don't walk, to get your hands on it. Whether you're vegetarian/vegan, trying to cut back on meat, or just wanting to try something new, you won't be disappointed in Beyond Beef.

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    Beyond Beef will be available the week of June 24 in select grocery stores. Head to Beyond Meat's website to see where to find it near you.