So, you鈥檝e got this whole weekend grocery shopping thing down to a science now. You shop TJ鈥檚 for budget clean-eating pantry items, affordable wines and Champagnes. You scan Costco鈥檚 hidden perks whenever you鈥檙e buying in bulk. And you鈥檝e mastered Whole Foods鈥 budget organics offering. Sometimes you even price compare all three stores 鈥 like when you鈥檙e jonesing for pumpkin spice foods or stocking up on organic coffee beans. Well, add one more to your tri-store trifecta: great-tasting vegan meat alternatives for #MeatlessMonday and, with ALL of these options, any other day of the week too. Here鈥檚 a look at what鈥檚 cooking in the vegan frozen foods aisle at your three fave stores.

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1. Sriracha Flavored Baked Tofu: Everybody HEARTS Sriracha! While it鈥檚 not all that difficult to prep, marinade and bake your own tofu, why go to the trouble when there鈥檚 TJs doing all that for you. Lazy girl FTW!


2. Beef-Less Ground Beef: Talk about your tasty *fake* meats 鈥 this one鈥檚 so good, even the carnivores in the house will devour it. Better pick up one package for you and a second for everyone else.


3. Soy Chorizo: Spiciness is the hallmark of chorizo, so don鈥檛 be surprised when you bite into this soy version and feel the heat. This would be deliciously picant茅 served up in a vegan gumbo.


4. Chicken-Less Crispy Tenders: When you鈥檙e jonesing for some chicken tenders, this is truly the next best thing. The crispy coating really holds up to any dipping sauce you want to take on.


5. Black Bean & Corn Enchilada: These enchiladas are a favorite of fans both vegan and carnivore. It鈥檚 rare to find organic eats this inexpensive, but you鈥檇 better buy two because one serving is never enough.


6. Meatless Meatballs: When you鈥檙e craving a meatball slider or sub, it鈥檚 great to have a bag of these babies on hand in the freezer. They make a quickie appetizer to serve with a beer when friends drop by unexpectedly.


7. Breaded Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast With Gravy: These little stuffed meatless roasts tend to pop up at TJs around the holidays. The star of this show is the stuffing made of cranberries, celery, apples, bread crumbs, rice and turkey spices. Going vegan at the holidays can be a challenge, but with these, you won鈥檛 be missing a thing!

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8. Beyond Meat Beyond Beef Beefy Crumbles: These crumbles heat up quickly in the microwave and are packed with flavor and spices. Crumble them over pizza or in a vegan bolognese sauce and they鈥檙e delish.


9. Quorn Chik鈥檔 Nuggets: If you鈥檙e searching for a #MeatlessMonday replacement that doesn鈥檛 contain soy, you鈥檒l love these nuggets. The corn breading crisps up nicely in the oven, making them perfect for dipping.


10. Dr. Praeger鈥檚 Purely Sensible Foods California Veggie Burgers: The Dr. Praeger鈥檚 brand of meatless foods are the go-to for vegans, as well as many gluten-free folks. One glance at the short ingredients list on the label tells you there鈥檚 no artificial ingredients, dyes or additives 鈥 and they taste delicious. What鈥檚 not to love?


11. Lightlife Smart Dogs: Healthy and hot dogs are words not generally spoken in the same sentence, but these hold up to the mustard and ketchup well. Kids young and old will gobble them up.



12. Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick鈥檔: You can turn out a pretty believable stir-fry by just adding some fresh chopped veggies to this package. It鈥檚 a perfect dinner if you鈥檙e craving takeout but trying to eat healthy.


13. Gardein Crispy Chick鈥檔 Sliders: Everything you could ask for in a frozen slider and more, this meat substitute heats up quickly in a toaster oven. Unlike some chicken wannabes, these are coated in a breading that tastes like the real deal.


14. Gardein Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips: The sauce on these is flavorful, but not too spicy-hot. Serve them in a stir-fry mixed with fresh veggies over basmati rice, and your taste buds will be doing the happy dance.


15. Field Roast Vegetarian Sausages: These sausages get an A+ for appearance 鈥 it would be hard to pick yours off the grill if it were surrounded by the real thing. Unlike a lot of sausage replacement foods, they have a flavor that will satisfy your grilled sausage cravings and (bonus) they don鈥檛 contain soy.


16. Gardein Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes: These might just be the tastiest morsels this side of the vegan food chain. The crabless filling has all the great seasonings you鈥檇 expect in a real crab cake. Serve them with a tossed salad for a quick and healthy meal.


17. Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties: One of the original veggie patties, these are still a fave vegan go-to. Bonus: They鈥檙e also gluten-free!


18. Gardein Lightly Seasoned Chick鈥檔 Scallopini: These tenders say they鈥檙e lightly seasoned, and they are. But that鈥檚 what makes them so versatile. Pan fry them plain and serve with a sauce, or dip them in some panko breadcrumbs before baking and they鈥檙e utterly delicious.


19. Gardenburger Malibu Vegan Burger: These burgers are a tasty take on the real thing. Serve them on a toasted bun with some garlic aioli and a splash of Sriracha and no one will be the wiser.


20. Gardein Golden Fishless Filets: These make a tasty dinner on nights when you鈥檙e working late and need to rustle up a quick meal. Just nuke a potato, steam some broccoli or toss a side salad and dinner is served. The 鈥渇ish鈥 is very mild tasting, but the breading is extra-crisp and delish.

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