The last time my neighbor and I did a Costco run, one of the samples tables was touting this fake ground beef:
It tasted good, and I wanted to reduce my red meat consumption as painlessly as possible, so I bought some. Then I cooked an eggplant, put it in a pan with some of the fake beef and a jar of store-bought basil pasta sauce and simmered the whole mess for a spell. Then I poured it over penne. It was quite tasty.
This is significant because most of my spontaneous cooking experiments turn out OK at best and sometimes just plain bad.