On one hand, I didn't go vegan because I didn't like the taste or texture of meat. I went vegan because it's a responsible ethical choice for the times we live in and the damage we are wreaking on our planet. So, bring on the soy protein! The seitan! The combination of both in one delectable vegan chicken nugget! On the other hand, fake meat is starting to turn up in everything. It shouldn't bother me how other vegans eat, but it seems like the new vegan diet is turning into a parallel meat and cheese universe. I think that's why I sometimes prefer eating places were I can veganize a pizza or burrito or whatever dish (instead of having a list of processed vegan options), because I get back to the basics - enjoying an unprocessed plant based diet. The right salsa and guacamole overrides Daiya and seitan carne asada any day!
I do love faux meat and cheese, and for myself, I want them to be a treat. They are expensive and I don't even know what half of the ingredients are sometimes (hella preservatives). This too, is coming from someone who has been vegan for 4 years. I don't want to forget what that first year is like: I think it's incredible that there are items out there that can help a new vegan wean herself off of meat and cheese. That is exactly what I had to do. Whatever it takes!
That being said, I think it's completely acceptable to make your own faux meats and cheeses from scratch! Right? And so I give you.....Rosemary Chick'n Patties.