4 Easy Ways To Veganize Any Recipe!
Come to terms with the past
Most of us used to eat meat at some point in our lives. A few of us were lucky enough to be brought up in a vegetarian household. Even fewer of us are vegan since birth.
Sometimes habits are really hard to shake, and a lot of people struggle with the idea never having the favorite omni dish again. Don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there! Letting go of a lifetime of habits can seem daunting. But worry not!
Ever since I was introduced the the delightful world of vegan cuisine, I got to experiment with different plant-based ingredients that I never thought I would.
Just like so many of you, I craved the taste of familiar dishes. So what did I do? Decided to veganize all my favorite meals!
Familiar flavors can be veganized
What if I told that you don’t have to say goodbye to all the familiar flavors you love? Every recipe that you enjoy and that contains animal products, can absolutely be veganized! Don’t be afraid to experiment! You can veganize any recipe!
Have you ever tried to persuade a friend/colleague or family member to go vegan but ended up always hearing the same excuse: ‘But I wont get to eat /insert food/ ever again!’ or: ‘I can’t live without /insert food/’ ? Well, no more excuses! I’m here to tell you that you can replicate all familiar flavors using only plant-based products!
Here are 4 helpful tips that will allow you to veganize any recipe!
4 Easy Ways To Veganize Any Recipe!
1.Learn to read through recipes with a vegan lens!
If you ever opened my Facebook or Twitter news feed, you’d be amazed at how many recipes (vegan or not!) appear in front of me at any given moment! Being a notorious food lover, I’m always open to learning new kitchen tricks and experimenting with different ingredients and cuisines from all over the world!
In order to veganize a recipe, you first have to look at the original! Recreating a recipe that contains animal products is not as difficult at it may sound.
The first step you need to take is to read through the recipe and circle all the animal products that need to be replaced with plant-based ingredients. Be sure to look out for any products that might seem ‘hidden’, such as gelatin, eggs, butter and honey.
2. Plant-Based Substitutions
This step might need some time to master. When you first go vegan it seems really hard to imagine what plant-based ingredients can be used to replace animal products. As you do more research, and experiment with different products, this process becomes very easy and you’ll even feel that you don’t even have to think about it anymore.
You just need some time to learn and adjust. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. And I cannot stress this enough, don’t be afraid to experiment!
After you have circled all the animal ingredients in your favorite recipe, start thinking what the best plant-based replacement would be. There are countless vegan articles that can help you with the substitution process but let’s go through some basic ideas:
- Replace chicken, beef or pork with tofu, seitan, jackfruit, mushrooms or legumes such as chickpeas and lentils.
- Substitute fish with tempeh or chickpeas.
- Swap eggs for aquafaba, flax seeds, chia seeds, bananas or avocados.
- Replace honey with maple syrup or date paste.
- Instead of butter use coconut oil.
- If the recipe requires milk, there is a wide range of plant-based milks you can use such as coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk and many, many more!
Your options are truly endless! You just need to spent some time to familiarize yourself with new ingredients. After a while, you’ll be a true expert and you will be able to veganize any recipe!
3.Texture and Flavor Matter!
Nobody wants you to create a recipe that would lack in texture and flavor! This is one of the biggest myths surrounding the vegan diet. You most certainly don’t have to sacrifice taste! After all we trying to get more people to adopt a vegan diet and we surely can’t do that with bland-tasting food!
Tender, juicy and crispy are not words that should be exiting your vocabulary. On the contrary! Texture and flavor are exactly what you ought to be trying to replicate! In order to veganize any recipe you should think about how to achieve the desirable texture and flavor.
First things first!
- Use lots of spices, herbs and aromatics.
- Marinate your plant-based ingredients so that they soak up all the flavors.
- Learn to make different sauces that would enhance the taste of your meal.
- Remember that you have to handle ingredients in different ways in order to differentiate between the end results. There are many cookbooks that will help you achieve the desirable outcome and even more online sources!
Here are some kindle versions of my favorite cookbooks that will help you with handling different plant-based ingredients so that you can veganize any recipe!
4. If you can’t make it, buy it!
With veganism on the rise, there are so many products on the market that are already veganized for you! Earlier I mentioned seitan as a meat substitute. I forgot to mention that you don’t have to make it yourself!
If your cooking skills aren’t that great or you don’t have time to prep before cooking, there are countless of meat and dairy substitutes on the market nowadays to help you through the process of veganizing every recipe! It can be quite helpful when you first start out on your vegan journey.
Vegan meats, sausages, eggs, milks and butters are all at your disposal to help you whip up a vegan meal in no time! You can find certified vegan products at your local store! From healthy organic wholefoods to vegan meat and dairy substitutes! All are just a car ride away!
You are now equipped to veganize any recipe!
I hope you find these 4 ways to veganize any recipe helpful and I’m looking forward to your comments, input and additional tips!
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