Vegan Cooking is Not a Minefield

What I am saying is that the vegan diet is still a huge mystery to most people but what they don’t know is that vegan food and vegan cooking is simple, tasty, and becoming more and more ubiquitous. Did you know that you can now get vegan lamb and vegan pork? These meat replacement products can be bought from specialist chinese restaurants, which usually offer a delivery service. Vegan mayonnaise, fish fingers, mince, ice-cream, cream and chocolate are also widely available, amongst many other vegan food items. Vegan cooking basically involves replacing the animal derived product with the vegan version.


Pick any recipe that doesn’t ask for too many eggs, and you will be able to veganise it. I frequently make recipes such as vegan spaghetti bolognese, shepherds pie, fruit pies, trifles, chocolate sponge puddings, rice and bread puddings and many other vegan food dishes. There are several good egg replacers you can use to veganise recipes, and as long as the recipe only calls for 1-3 eggs, you will be able to deliver fantastic vegan recipes such as light and fluffy sponge cakes, muffins and other vegan goodies. You can even get vegan fried eggs nowadays.

You can make delicious vegan cheese sauces too. Vegan cheese is widely available at health food shops and you can subsidise these in any cheese sauce recipe. Or you can make a really tasty vegan cheese sauce with nutritional yeast, which comes in flake form and is rich in vitamin B12. Most vegans opt for this ingredient when making cheese sauces. Vegans use seaweed for fish sauces and vegan seafood dishes. Spirulina seaweed contains at least three times more protein than fish does. A lot of vegan supermarket products are actually vegan. Here are some examples:


  • Branston pickle
  • Ocean Spray cranberry sauce
  • Colemans mustard
  • Heinz tomato ketchup


  • Weetabix
  • Kelloggs corn flakes
  • Kelloggs frosties
  • Scotts porridge oats


  • McVities hob nobs
  • McVities ginger nuts


  • Heinz baked beans
  • Heinz spaghetti
  • Dolmio winter vegetable bolognese sauce
  • Most breads
  • Most bagels
  • Some doughnuts
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Pitta bread
  • Most oven chips and potato wedges

My only word of warning would be this: Vegan food products vary greatly from brand to brand so if you try one that doesn’t tickle your taste buds, just try another until you have a list of favourites. Try some vegan cooking. It is easy, contains no cholesterol, is tasty and is a great conversation stopper/starter.


Source by Kris P


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