Exploring Vegan Substitutes

Many people still think there are no suitable alternatives to replace the experience of eating meat or diary products when you are a Vegan. Well, there are actually plenty of options. Below are a list great alternatives to to replace meats and diary products..Vegan style!!

Source: https://www.cookstr.com/Cooking-Tips/Vegan-Substitutions

1.Egg Re-placers

Applesauce
Egg substitutions don’t get much simpler than applesauce. About 3-4 tablespoons will replace one egg in your baked goods. Just remember that applesauce does have a sweetness to it and acidity that isn’t present in regular eggs, so you may have to adjust other parts of the recipe you’re using to account for this.

Bananas
Great for making fall desserts, bananas are a staple ingredient substitution for any vegan baker. The ratio is basically 1 banana to 1 egg. The fibrous nature of bananas makes them great binding agents for your baked goods, but the texture might be a little thicker than you’re expecting. If you’re having trouble getting the bananas to break up entirely when you mix them into your ingredients, consider mashing them up thoroughly before adding them to the rest of your ingredients.

Purees
If you’ve ever made a dump cake, you’re probably aware that purees and pie fillings make great replacements for eggs and other binding agents. Plus, it’s a great way to improvise with your recipes, adding in new flavors and making truly unique recipes.

Silken Tofu
Tofu is probably the closest thing you will find to an all-encompassing egg replacer. The other alternatives have pretty limited uses — applesauce and “flegg” for instance can really only be used as egg replacements in baking. But with the right kinf of seasoning and spices and with a close eye on the cooking, you can actually use silken tofu to create a vegan version of scrambled eggs!

2. Milk Re-placers

Soy Milk, Hemp Milk, and Rice Milk
Vegan milk substitutes basically fall into two categories — nut milk and other plant-based milks. Soy milk was once the kind of the vegan milk world but has recently lost some steam to newer, “hipper” alternatives like hemp milk and rice milk. The best part about these substitutes, though, is that you can use them to replace the milk that’s called for in the recipe with a simple 1:1 ratio. No math necessary!

Almond Milk and Other Nut-Based Milks
By far the most popular type of plant-based milk, almond milk is loved be vegans and meat-eaters like because it’s just so good! Whether you use it to replace regular milk in your baked goods or pour it over your cereal, almond milk is praised as the “good kind of fat” alternative to cow’s milk.

Substitutes for Buttermilk
Sometimes the recipe you’re working with calls for buttermilk, and your instinct might simply be to replace it with one of the plant-based milks listed above. Don’t be fooled — there’s a difference between milk and buttermilk. Buttermilk has higher levels of acidity, which means that it will react differently with other ingredients. To substitute buttermilk, simply add about 1 tsp of vinegar for every cup of plant-based milk.

Meat Re-placers

Tofu and Tempeh
Tofu is the classic meat substitute. It’s spongy texture and ability to absorb flavors make it great for replacing almost any meat imaginable with the right seasoning. Tofu is a great place to start for beginner vegan chefs because it’s pretty easy to handle, too. Similarly, tempeh is a soy-based meat substitute that’s versatile and absorbs flavors well. You can do just about anything with it that you can do with real meat.

Seitan
Like tofu and tempeh, seitan is a flexible meat substitute that tastes delicious and goes with just about anything. The main difference between tofu and seitan is that seitan is made from wheat gluten instead of soy. Seitan is particularly good for substituting chicken.

Beans
For the protein-conscious vegans out there, replacing meat with beans is super easy and super delicious. While it’s not always true that vegans have trouble getting protein in their diets, people who highly active lifestyles do require higher amounts of protein. Consider replacing ground beef for tacos and burritos with beans for a meaty flavor that’s both affordable and a great source of plant-based protein.

Eggplant
You’ve probably heard of eggplant parmesan, but the options for this versatile vegetable don’t stop there. You can cut them into chunks, sautee them, and even slice them into thin, burger-like pieces. Their neutral flavor and thick texture make them great for absorbing savory flavors and creating a convincing meat substitute.

Mushrooms
Another staple of any vegan produce drawer is mushrooms. They have a naturally savory and meat-like flavor, so it doesn’t take a lot of work to transform them into a meat substitute. Use them to replace chicken in stir fry or mince them finely, sautee them, and add them to your tacos.

Jackfruit
That’s right — fruit. Jackfruit is the hottest trend in the vegan and vegetarian worlds because of its ability to transform when cooked. You might not always find it in your normal grocery store, but if you have an Asian or “international” market near you, you can easily find jackfruit. The pieces of fruit are stringy on the inside, and when cooked, their flavor becomes neutral. Just throw on some barbecue sauce, and you’ve got a recipe for vegan pulled-pork that will fool even the biggest meat eaters.

3. Cheese Re-placers

Tofu Cheese
The soft but malleable texture of tofu makes it a great base for your cheese substitutes. Of course, tofu on its own doesn’t necessarily create the most amazing tasting cheeses. We recommend experimenting with flavors and spices to create a convincing cheese alternative that tastes just like real cheese.

Nutritional Yeast
Sold in a powdered, flaky form, nutritional yeast is entirely plant-based, and it has a uniquely cheesy flavor. It can be hard to put your finger on what exactly nutritional yeast tastes, like, but when you add it to your dishes, you will definitely notice a difference. Plus, as the name suggests, there are tons of health benefits of nutritional yeast.

Cashew Cheese
You read that right — cashew cheese. When soaked in water, cashews become very soft and flexible, which means they can easily be blended into a smooth paste. Their neutral, nutty flavor means they can absorb flavors well. A little nutritional yeast and some herbs and spices added to these blended cashews will create a cheesy spread that’s hard to resist.

Potato and Carrot Cheese
It doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Potatoes (or sweet potatoes) and carrots blended in the blender until they’re nice and smooth make an amazing base for vegan nacho cheese. The spicier, the better!

4.Butter Re-placers

Coconut Oil
For cooking, sauteeing, baking, and more, coconut oil should be in every vegan chef’s pantry. It melts easily, so you can use it for greasing a pan or even just as a 1:1 substitute for butter in baked goods. If you’re feeling really brave, try coconut oil on your morning toast.

Vegetable Oil
Because vegetable oil is… well, oil, it’s hard to use it for much of anything besides baking. You can use it as a substitute for melted or softened butter in recipes, but if the recipe calls for you to “cut in” the butter or just a regular stick of butter, vegetable oil is probably not your best option.

5. Honey Re-placers

1. Agave Nectar
2. Maple Syrup
3. Coconut Nectar

All the above re-placers when used correctly will give you the same enjoyment as if you were eating the real thing. Enjoy discovering.

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Top 10 Benefits of Veganism

Hi Everyone,

If you’ve been reading about Veganism or maybe you have thought to your to try it for a month, my answer is ‘Go For It’, give yourself a four-week challenge cutting out meats and dairy.

You will feel the difference.

Here are some of my top ten tips to encourage you or your friends:

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1. Nutritional value

Several studies have reported that vegan diets, when followed correctly, tend to contain more fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Vegan diets are packed full of essential nutrients, but in the absence of meat, it is vitally important that we make sure we are still consuming all of the correct amounts of proteins in other forms

2. Our moods

Research has revealed that vegans may be happier than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact it was discovered that vegans and vegetarians had lower scores on depression tests and mood profiles when compared to fish and meat-eaters.

3. Disease prevention

Due to the fact that they contain fewer saturated fats, vegan diets have been shown to reduce heart disease risk and what’s more, data shows conclusively that vegans and vegetarians suffer from fewer diseases caused by a modern Western diet (e.g. coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity type 2 diabetes, diet-related cancers, diverticulitis, constipation, and gall stones, among several others).

4. ​​Fewer migraines

As well as playing its role in reducing the risks of certain diseases, the vegan diet can also help to reduce the onset of migraine attacks. Migraines are often linked to our diets and food is a common trigger. Foods like chocolate and cheese are also common culprits. Vegan diets, especially organic ones are much purer and much less likely to be triggers for an attack.

5. Weight loss

A bonus to sticking to a vegan diet is the positive effect it has on our figure. Vegans typically weigh less as a result of a diet comprised of fewer calories in the form of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.

6. Improving athletic performance

While most active individuals focus on protein intake, more and more athletes follow a high-carbohydrate, good-fat, and vitamin and mineral-rich vegetarian diet for optimum sports performance. Conflicting studies exist, but the number of world-class vegetarian sportsmen continues to rise, world tennis stars and sisters Venus and Serena Williams for example, announced they were going vegan in 2011.

7. Our skin

Vegans tend to have better vision and less macular degeneration – all that extra vitamin c and consequent collagen leads to much better skin.

8. Protecting the environment

A plant-based diet is better for the planet as it requires much less energy and farmland to feed a vegan. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment– from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.

9. Balancing hormones

Hormones such as oestrogen can be responsible for causing breast cancer if levels become too excessive. A New York study found levels of oestrogen can be increased by animal fats. Vegans have significantly lower oestrogen levels than non-vegans, in part because of the lower fat content of their diet.

10. ​Longevity

Vegans have been found to enjoy longer and healthier lives when compared to meat-eaters.

I hope the above gives you some inspiration to give it a try or to spread the word, please continue to share my blogs.

 

 

Why is Veganism so Hard?

It’s like Marmite, the journey of a Vegan to other people.

People say to me why have I given up juicy meats and delicious dairy foods for vegetables and Tofu instead? Then the next quick questions which follow:, has Doctor told you to change your diet? or are you Ill?..lol

My answer is the usual, ‘No’ I am fully healthy, this is just my personal challenge. Then the look of weirdo follows..lol

So why is Veganism so hard for others to see or try?

Well, it’s the breaking away from the norm and expectations that society has made us become, where the food we eat must have been reared in a cage, slaughtered and then cooked.

Whilst exposing our bodies to countless man-made chemicals.

The key to me succeeding my own challenge and beyond my three-month target is knowing that I am making myself fitter, healthier and taking away profits from the meat and dairy factories.

Otherwise, I’d be eating this:

pill burger

Thank you!

I just wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who is following my journey and reading my regular blogs, your support has been amazing!

This Sunday (8th April) will be the 3rd and final month of my personal Vegan challenge, I hear you cheering me on..lol

Once I reach this milestone, which to be honest I never ever thought I’d be able to do it, I must then decide…Do I continue or become ‘Captain Carnivore man’ again..lol

I would say I am 20/80. I will let you know on Sunday.

Here are some more Infographics to share with you.

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Why is Veganism so Hard?

It’s like Marmite, the journey of a Vegan to other people.

People say to me why have I given up juicy meats and delicious dairy foods for vegetables and Tofu instead? Then the next quick questions which follow:, has Doctor told you to change your diet? or are you Ill?..lol

My answer is the usual, ‘No’ I am fully healthy, this is just my personal challenge. Then the look of weirdo follows..lol

So why is Veganism so hard for others to see or try?

Well, it’s the breaking away from the norm and expectations that society has made us become, where the food we eat must have been reared in a cage, slaughtered and then cooked.

Whilst exposing our bodies to countless man-made chemicals.

The key to me succeeding my own challenge and beyond my three-month target is knowing that I am making myself fitter, healthier and taking away profits from the meat and dairy factories.

Otherwise, I’d be eating this:

pill burger

VEGAN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPIE TREATS – Only Four Ingredients!

Hi Everyone,

I thought I’d share with you my favourite Vegan sweet snack, top tip add popping candy onto the chocolate at the end!!

Easy 4-Ingredient vegan chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats. These crunchy rice krispie treats are super quick and easy to make and smothered in vegan dark chocolate.


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups (105g) Rice Krispies*
  • 1/3 cup (83g) Creamy Salted Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Golden Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup
  • 10.5oz (300g) Vegan Chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the rice krispies out into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Line a square dish with parchment paper.
  3. Add the syrup and peanut butter to a saucepan and heat together stirring all the time until it has just started to bubble a little. At this point immediately remove from the heat and pour over the rice krispies. Stir in until all the rice krispies are covered.
  4. Spoon this out into your parchment lined dish and smooth down as best you can. Place into the fridge to set.
  5. When it has set, prepare your chocolate topping. Break up the chocolate and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals bringing out to stir every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Spoon this out on top of the rice krispie base and spread it out evenly.
  6. Add popping candy on top of the chocolate
  7. Return to the fridge to set. When set, lift the entire thing out with the parchment paper and cut into squares. Enjoy!Rice-Krispie-Treats-4