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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Best Vegan Treats In London

Even Vegans have a sweet tooth and there are loads of tasty sweet treats to satisfy that sugar crave. I have tried the best Vegan Doughnuts around London and below are some of my favourites.

A red velvet doughnut with vegan butter cream frosting & freeze-dried raspberries.

Doughnut Time vegan london

These vegan doughnuts use chia seeds and coconut butter in the dough, and a combination of oat milk, coconut butter, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu to make the fillings and glazes.

Crosstown vegan doughnuts London

You can find these at Greenwich Market every Saturday and Sunday, They come in a huge range of flavours including cinnamon dusted, strawberry coconut and hazelnut crunch – we definitely recommend classic chai or the sweet and floral rose pistachio!

Ruby's of London vegan doughnuts

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Brisbane’s favorite hole-in-the-wall doughnut store has hit London, with a weekly changing menu including gluten and vegan creations.

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These vegan doughnuts use chia seeds and coconut butter in the dough, and a combination of oat milk, coconut butter, dairy-free dark chocolate and silken tofu to make the fillings and glazes.

These come in a huge range of flavours including cinnamon dusted, strawberry coconut and hazelnut crunch – we definitely recommend classic chai or the sweet and floral rose pistachio!

I hope you get a chance to discover these great treats! Watch out for the tooth fairy..lol

More Best London Vegan Restaurants

Have you ever wondered where to go to for a good Vegan restaurant in London, well here is another list of my top ones to choose from.

Source:
https://secretldn.com/vegan-restaurants-london/

1. Mildred’s, various locations

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Having graced Soho for almost thirty years, Mildred’s is one of the best-loved vegan restaurants in town. They can count Blue Ollis amongst their many fans, who have helped Mildred’s to spread to Camden, Dalston, and King’s Cross. Here, your plant-based food comes in the guise of Sri Lankan curries, halloumi burgers, and even peanut butter chocolate mousse cake. Whoever said eating clean was boring clearly never ate here…

Four locations across London, find your nearest one here.

2. Pied a Terre, Fitzrovia

Vegan Dining Pied A Terre

This luxurious, Michelin-starred restaurant near Goodge Street is highly-regarded for its veggie-friendly haute cuisine. They offer both vegetarian and vegan five-course tasting menus, which are perfect for a fancy fine-dining date with the vegan in your life!

3. 222 Veggie Vegan, West Kensington

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This West Kensington joint was on our radar even before Vegan London kindly recommended it, and for good reason. Whilst everything is low-fat, low-salt, and non-GM, they don’t skimp on flavour. Prepare to waddle out of here, particularly if you choose the all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet; more vegan food than you could possibly manage, all for £10.

222 North End Road, West Kensington, W14 9NU. Nearest station is West Brompton.

4. Comptoir V, Kensal Green

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Comptoir V aims to appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike, and it’s fair to say the menu has us pretty much hooked. The food draws influences from all over the world, and features signature dishes with Middle Eastern and North African origins. Quite simply, Comptoir V is one of the best reasons to head to Kensal Green we’ve yet heard.

1 Keslake Mansions, 12 Station Terrace, NW10 5RU. Nearest station is Kensal Green.

5. Wildflower, Peckham

Vegan Restaurant Wildflower Peckham

An ascetic veggie and vegan canteen within the Peckham Levels complex, Wildflower offers a smashing ‘vegan full English’, tons of appetizing brunch, lunch and dinner options, and a six-course vegan tasting menu for just £25pp. Wild, man, wild. Level 5, Peckham Levels, 95a Rye Ln, SE15 4ST.

6. Fed By Water, Dalston

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Brought to our attention by Secret London’s resident vegan Asli, Fed By Water is a modern Italian restaurant specialising in clean eating. Their commitment runs so deep that they use only purified water during the cooking process. So when you leave this place, you’ll be extra healthy – and stuffed full of delicious pasta, of course.

64 Kingsland High St, Dalston, E8 2LX. Nearest station is Dalston Kingsland.

7. Rasa, Stoke Newington

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Another recommendation from inside Secret London HQ, this is where we’re heading next time we fancy a curry. Rasa serves up incredible vegetarian and vegan dishes from southern India, deservedly winning plaudits for doing so. A wide selection of curries forms the basis of the menu, and the battered banana boli with a peanut and ginger dip makes for a delicious starter. You won’t be able to walk past without being intrigued – particularly since the exterior is a vibrant shade of pink.

They have two restaurants, but the Stoke Newington one is more vegan-friendly. Find it at 55 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0AR. Nearest station is Stoke Newington.

8. Wulf & Lamb, Chelsea

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“Run with the wolves, eat with the lambs” is the ethos of Wulf & Lamb, and it seems like Not So Quiet Grrl (aka Nadia) has been running with the wolves. She was kind enough to tell us about this place, which offers smashing breakfasts as well as hearty mains. There also happens to be a mango and passionfruit cheesecake with our name written on it…

243 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0BP. Nearest station is Sloane Square.

9. Mooshies, Shoreditch

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This vegan burger joint is quickly becoming one of the darlings of Brick Lane. Choose one of the burgers, load up on some sides, and contemplate why you didn’t make the switch to veganism earlier. Hmm, it was probably bacon. It usually is…

104 Brick Lane, E1 6RL. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.

10. St Margaret’s House Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green

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Out in Bethnal Green, you’ll find the community and charity hub known as St Margaret’s House. Here, you can do yoga or take an art class, but we’d recommend heading straight to the cafe. Start with breakfast – either the vegan full English or a stack of American-style pancakes should do nicely – and watch it get better from there. Absolutely everything here is vegan, so kiss a not-so-fond goodbye to the days of going off-menu!

St. Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL. Nearest station is Bethnal Green.

Great Vegan Eat-Outs in London

Where can you go for some great Vegan eat outs?

Well in London there are actually some really great places which serve the best Vegan dishes.

I will share with below some of my most favourite’s from dirty burgers to pub grub…Go and check them out!

Temple of Seitan – Hackney. Best for Vegan burgers, Fillet of Chicken, Pop Corn Chick and amazing dips.

Temple of Hackney 10 Morning Lane
E9 6NA

All made from Seitan. Seitan is a fantastic meat alternative. Made from protein-rich wheat gluten, it is both tasty and nutritious.

Sutton And Sons – Fish and Chips
240 Graham Road, London E8 1BP

Fish and chips chain Sutton and Sons the first completely vegan chippy in London.

The best Vegan Fish and Chips in London, plus Vegan pies…Check it out!

Best vegan pizza at Purezza
Camden: 43 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PN

Everything is plant based in this pizzeria: Dough balls full of delicious (homemade) ‘Vegan cheese’, pizzas of every variety and taste, full of stringy ‘Vegan mozzarella’ 

Best vegan pub The Spread Eagle
​141 Albert Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7NB


The food offering is headed up by Meriel Armitage from Club Mexicana, without a doubt one of the best vegan street food trucks around. The Spread Eagle.

Biff Jack’s shack inside the Eat 17 Spar on Orford Road, Biff’s x Eat 17

Signature ‘crispy fried jackfruit’ is totally unique, and totally filthy ‘Jackfruit’ My favorite is the ‘Samuel Jackson’ burger

One of the best places for Vegan burgers


Crosstown Vegan Doughnuts 9b Cullum St, EC3M 7JJ

A selection of the best vegan doughnuts in London. All doughnuts are made fresh every day.

New World Vegan is back!

Proud to be blogging again and proud to being a Vegan.

Hi Everyone, I am back!

My Journey as a Vegan continues and is going from strength to strength, I have not looked back on my days as a meat eater. I feel fantastic both with my body and my mind is so free and open to all types of soil based foods.

I must say all my nutritional requirements are on-point, I went to my GP for a full blood works. My Cholesterol is under 3, where the average is 5, my sugar levels are norm and all my other bodily requirements are in the norm.

Even my close family and friends have commented how I look healthy and my waist line is good, I weigh 11st 5lb and feel really good.

I decided to restart my blog firstly because the cost was much more reasonable than what was originally being asked to renew my subscription. Secondly, I have had such positive feedback from family and friends that my blogs were a positive influence. I would like to build on this positive energy and inspire many more.

Anyone who is still on the fence of becoming Vegan, give yourself a month on a Vegan diet, plan ahead on what you’ll be eating, find some Vegan restaurants, look at the options in the Supermarket and then plan your month being meat and dairy free.

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

5K Vegan Runner

Hi Everyone,

I have achieved another of my personal challenges this week since becoming Vegan three months ago.

I have completed two 5K runs! I have never been a distance runner ever but I have found new energy levels since I change my diet.

I’ll be going for another 5K run next week and my target time is 25 min, it might take a couple more runs mind you.

It feels really great being Vegan!

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