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Vegan Cooking

Following you will find an article about vegan cooking by Scott Hughes.

Using Alternatives When Vegan Cooking

Even at the regular grocery stores and supermarkets, you will find plenty of alternatives to use when vegan cooking. You'll find soy milk and rice milk, which can be used instead of milk in almost all recipes that call for milk. You'll find various forms of fake meat, which can be used instead of the actual meat in recipes. For example, the brand Boca makes veggie burgers which can be used as burgers or crumbled and used instead of ground beef. The brand Lightlife makes deli meat substitutes and meatless hot dogs, which they call "smartdogs". Cheese and egg alternatives tend to be harder to find in supermarkets and non-specialty stores.

In addition to the pre-made substitutes, you can use household baking items as alternatives when vegan cooking. For example, in many recipes, you can replace an egg for half of a banana. Also, you can use vegetable oil instead of animal fat or butter. When vegan cooking, the trick to adjusting non-vegan recipes is to use common-sense to choose an appropriate tasting substitute. You don't want to use banana as a substitute unless a slight banana taste won't hurt the final product. Depending on the recipe, you can substitute each egg with 1 of the following:

  • 1 tbsp arrowroot, 1 tbsp soya flour and 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp gram (chick pea) or soya flour and 1 tbsp water
  • 50g tofu blended with the liquid portion of the recipe
  • 2 tbsp flour, tbsp shortening, tsp baking powder and 2 tsp water
  • 50 ml white sauce

Get a Vegan Cookbook

If you are a vegan or plan on for some reason plan on vegan cooking, then you probably want to buy a vegan cookbook.

Most cookbooks are reliable, but you can check reviews and ratings of most books on website's such as Amazon.

The only specific cookbook and author I can personally vouch for is Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World by Robin Robertson. While I haven't made all 400 recipes yet, I've made a bunch and I liked every one. (My sister gave me this cookbook, and I have never needed another for my vegan cooking.)

Ordinary Cooking Can Be Vegan Cooking

Finally, when vegan cooking, remember that some classic recipes that non-vegans make and eat can happen to be vegan. For example, cheese-less pasta, vegetable pot-pies, and vegetable soups (in a vegetable broth) all often are vegan.

I hope this article answered all your questions regarding vegan cooking. If you have any more questions or if you have any suggestions on ways to improve this article, please email them to mail@veganclub.org or post them in our Vegan Forums. Thank You!