Some friends and I are doing a vegetarian/vegan challenge. I chose the vegan route (scary lab tests results are my motivation). I tried seitan and tempeh years ago and hated it. Since then I have tried seitan at a restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. I figured I wouldn't use meat substitutes this time, but a vegan cookbook I just bought has me considering trying it again. I am a better cook now and my budget is less tight so I can afford a better quality product. Are there any brands or pre-cooked preparations out there that are worth my trying? I read on CH where someone smoked seitan and it was really good. Are there other preparations or recipes that are really good? I am looking for positive experiences with meat substitutes.