What are some alternatives to beef stew meat?
Alternatives to beef stew meat include chicken, pork, turkey, and ground beef, depending on what recipe you are using the meat for. Tofu, seitan, lentils, chickpeas, and mushrooms can all be used as vegetarian alternatives to beef stew meat.
It's important to note that using a different protein source will alter the nutritional profile of your stew. For instance, tofu is lower in calories and fat than beef, providing only 144 calories and 7.9g of fat per 100g serving compared to beef's 250 calories and 17g of fat per the same size serving. Also, tofu has only 15.7g of protein per 100g serving while beef provides 26g per same size serving.
Bottom line: veggie alternatives are lower in fat and calories, higher in fiber but may also be lower in protein. You can offset this by adding more beans, lentils or quinoa to your recipe, each of which is a good source of protein, adding approximately between 9g to 14g of protein per 100g serving. Your dietary needs may require more or less of these nutrients, as the American Heart Association recommends consuming 46-56 grams of protein per day for adults, while the USDA recommends a daily intake of less than 78 grams of total fat (for a 2,000 calorie diet). You're best suited considering what dietary constraints, preferences, or needs you have when selecting an alternative.