Vegan Recipes. Delicious and healthy vegan ideas for snacks.

We all love to snack, isn’t it great that you can snack guilt-free?

I recommend these two recipes especially for those of you with kids. If it is hard for an adult to convert to veganism, it will be even harder for youngsters. Especially since on school they are not giving vegan options, and if they just have a salad it probably won’t be that tasty.

These snacks will make you SUPER MOM! it will make you a popular mom among your kids’ friends. And you better believe the rest of your family will enjoy them too, there is not age limit for these snacks.

The cookies you can buy on any vegan friendly store, but it is always better to make as much as you can yourself. It definitely adds nutritious value to it.

  • Vegan Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies (My favorite of the two)

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Ingredients:

  1. 14 oz. vegan chocolate chip cookie dough (store-bought or homemade)
  2. 12 vegan sandwich cookies

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Place small scoops of the cookie dough (about 1/2-inch balls) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet at least 1 inch apart.
  3. Place a sandwich cookie on top of each scoop of cookie dough and lightly press down to flatten the dough.
  4. Top the sandwich cookies with another scoop of dough and press around the edges until the sandwich cookies are fully covered.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool for at least 5 minutes and enjoy.

(recipe provided by peta.org)

·      Easy Vegan Naan Pizza (This can also be an option for dinner for your youngsters)

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Ingredients:

1 piece vegan naan (Indian flatbread)
2 Tbsp. tomato sauce
1/4 cup shredded vegan mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
3 thin tomato slices
2 vegan meatballs, thawed (if frozen) and cut into small pieces
1 tsp. vegan Parmesan
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Place the naan on a baking sheet. Spread the sauce evenly over the top, then sprinkle with half the vegan mozzarella shreds.
  3. Add the mushrooms, tomato slices, and vegan meatball pieces, then top with the rest of the vegan mozzarella shreds. Lightly dust with the vegan Parmesan, basil, and oregano. (You can also swap out these toppings for your favorites!)

(recipe provided by peta.org)

 

Vegan Recipes. Delicious and healthy vegan meals for dinner.

Lets talk about savory and healthy vegan options for dinner, shall we?

I’m going to start with a fresh and crispy salad. This option is for those who eat the heavy meal at lunch (which is the correct way of doing it). I recommend this recipe because it is so easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious. Also, it gives you room to be creative and add anything you may want like nuts, sprouts, and so on. Here is the recipe.

·      ‘Bacon’ Wedge Salad with Vegan Bleu Cheese Dressing

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 pinch black pepper
1/4 cup plain almond milk
1 pkg. vegan bleu cheese crumbles (optional)*
1 head iceberg lettuce, quartered
1 medium red onion, diced
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup vegan bacon bits or tempeh bacon (or any vegan bacon of your liking)

Directions:

Combine the vegan mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and black pepper in a small bowl. Add a teaspoonful of the almond milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Add the vegan bleu cheese.

Pour the dressing over each lettuce wedge, then sprinkle with the onions, tomatoes, and bacon bits, dividing evenly between each salad.

(recipe provided by peta.org)

The following two recipes are for those that eat their heavy meal for dinner. I recommend them because I LOVE PASTA. I could be Italian! Both this recipes are to die for, and are also great for when you have non-vegan people over. Unfortunately non-vegans believe us vegans eat mainly salads and if not, our food is not tasty. This recipes are perfect to prove them WRONG!

In the event you prepare them for visitors, make sure the presentation looks pretty, these recipes give you that opportunity, get creative!

  • Penne with “Italian sausage”

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Ingredients:

1 1-lb. pkg. whole-wheat penne
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup vegan Italian sausage, defrosted and diced (we recommend using Upton’s Naturals Italian Seitan, Tofurkey Italian Sausage, or Field Roast Italian sausages)
5 whole Campari or Roma tomatoes, cut in half
5 white or baby portobello mushrooms, cut in half
1 cup chopped raw spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup red wine
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Vegan Parmesan or nutritional yeast, for garnish

 Directions:

Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.

While pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in your deepest saucepan, skillet, or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, toss in the vegan Italian sausage and cook, flipping occasionally, until slightly browned. Then, add all the remaining ingredients except the vegan Parmesan and cook, mixing gently without squishing your tomatoes. Once the spinach and basil begin to wilt, toss in 1/3 cup of the cooked and drained pasta and mix. Add another 1/3 cup pasta and mix. Continue until all the pasta has been added and mixed.

You’ll know dinner is ready when the tomatoes are tender, the greens are wilted, and the pasta is coated.

Serve hot with some vegan Parmesan on top, and garnish of your liking.

(recipe provided by peta.org)

  • Mushroom stroganoff (My favorite of the two) Serves 4

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Ingredients: 

  1. 2 large shallots, peeled and minced
  2. 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  3. 2 teaspoons minced thyme
  4. Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  5. 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  6. 1 pound Portobello mushrooms, stemmed and cut into large pieces
  7. 1 ounce porcini mushrooms, soaked for 30 minutes in 1 cup of water that has just been boiled, and roughly chopped
  8. ½ cup dry white wine
  9. 1 pound whole-grain fettuccine, cooked according to package directions, drained, and kept warm
  10. Chopped parsley
  11. 1 cup Tofu Sour Cream (recipe follows)

Tofu Sour Cream Ingredients:

  1. 1 (12-ounce) package extra firm silken tofu, drained
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

 Directions:

Place the shallots in a large skillet and sauté over a medium heat for 8 minutes. Add water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time to keep them from sticking. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook for another minute. Stir in the salt and pepper, rosemary, and the portobello mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the porcini mushrooms, and their soaking liquid, and the wine. Stir, and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. When the stroganoff is finished cooking, stir in the sour cream. Add the cooked noodles and toss well. Serve garnished with the parsley.

Tofu Sour Cream:

Use this healthy dairy alternative in any dish that calls for sour cream. Serve it with baked potatoes and fresh chives, with tacos or enchiladas, or with Mushroom Stroganoff. Makes 1½ cups. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Chill until ready to serve. Salt to taste.

 (recipe provided by “Forks Over Knives The Cookbook“)

I also want to share this YouTube video with you from Fablunch. This recipes ideas are not as quick and easy as the ones I provided above, but they are EXTREMELY nutritious and oh, so tasty!

You can also brag with these with your non-vegans family and friends, especially the stuffed bell peppers. Every time I make them people are so impressed because they are delicious and  it looks really good. Hope you enjoy!

Vegan Recipes. Delicious and healthy vegan meals for lunch.

Since I have provided ideas for a healthy vegan breakfast, I’m going to dedicate the next posts to give you healthy and delicious ideas for lunch, dinner and snacks.

So, for lunch how about preparing a delicious vegan cream of broccoli? I personally like creams of soup better than regular soups, probably because I grew up drinking regular soups and I always try to eat different things. This cream of soup will fill you and provide you with all the nutrition you need. In case you did not know, a cup of broccoli contains the essential amount of protein needed for a healthy diet. Also:

  • Broccoli is rich in dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants
  • it is highly beneficial to skin 
  • It promotes hair growth
  •  it helps to prevent cancer 
  • It helps in boosting the immunity system, in regulating blood pressure, thus preventing heart attack and stroke
  • It is very rich in potassium, so it helps maintaining a healthy nervous system.

 

For all these reasons and because it is so delicious, I think you will enjoy this recipe.

  • Cream of broccoli soup:

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 Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion (from about 1/2 medium onion)
Kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped celery (from about 1 medium stalk)
1 clove garlic, smashed
Freshly ground black pepper
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced (about 3/4 pound)
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until light brown, about 7 minutes. Add the celery, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add the potatoes, 4 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt, raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Return the heat to medium, cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the broccoli, cover and cook until the broccoli is bright green, about 5 minutes.
Transfer the soup to a blender; add the soymilk and puree until smooth, leaving the filler cap slightly open to let steam escape (or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender). Return the soup to the saucepan and bring to a simmer; stir in the nutritional yeast and nutmeg. Add water if needed to adjust consistency and add salt and pepper to taste.
(recipe provided by The Food Network)

· Rice, Bean, and Kale Bowl With Lemon-Dill Tahini

If you like heavier meals, this plate is the one for you. It is definitely a complete meal, with all the nutrients needed daily.  Don’t focus on how it looks, a lot of times we won’t eat something regardless of how it tastes because of how it looks, which is a very human like behavior. As vegans, many times our dishes don’t look too pretty, but they are very delicious, and most importantly, extremely nutritious.

In case you did not know, mindbodygreen.com says kale is being called“the new beef,”“the queen of greens,” and “a nutritional powerhouse.”

And brown rice is great at:

  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Preventing atherosclerosis
  • Maintaining sugar levels under control

And combined with black beans, it delivers complete protein, fiber and nutrients. Let’s also remember that rice and beans are economical and filling. (Info provided by The World Healthiest Foods and healthy eating )

For all the above reasons an because it is so simple to prepare, I believe you will enjoy this dish.

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Ingredients:

1 can black beans
1 cup tahini or hummus
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp fresh dill
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 bunch kale, steamed
1 Tsp vegan Parmesan (optional)

Directions:

Heat the black beans in a medium saucepan on medium heat.

Mix the tahini, lemon juice, and dill together in small container until the consistency resembles dressing.

Layer the cooked brown rice, black beans, and steamed kale in a bowl and top with the tahini dressing. Sprinkle with vegan Parmesan and enjoy!

(recipe provided by peta.org)

I want to share the following YouTube video of Rachelleea with you because she gives really practical recipes for lunch that are also very nutritious, economical and tasty. These recipes you could easily prepare to take to work.

Vegan clothes: Where to buy fabric, accessories, clothing that are vegan-friendly.

Since we have dedicated many posts to vegan food, I decided to make a switch and focus on what vegans wear. After all, our apparel is extremely important also.

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(Image courtesy of peta.org)

Let me remind you that Veganism is not only about eating, but also about the protection of animals and the planet by using non-animal products in what we wear. As animalequality.net correctly says, Vegans do not wear or use clothes, shoes or accessories made with fur, leather, wool, feathers and silk. We can wear and use plant fabrics such as cotton, linen or hemp, and manmade materials such as polyester, acrylic or nylon. Vegan shoes are much more widely available now than in the past and the range of styles and the quality has increased dramatically in recent years. In addition to being free of animal exploitation, vegan clothes can be green too. Hemp and linen have seen a resurgence as strong, durable and versatile fabrics, vintage and secondhand clothes are on the rise, and synthetic materials are increasingly being recycled. 

Now, I’m not suggesting you go through all your clothes and throw away anything and everything that is not vegan. What is done is done. Now that you know which fabrics are made of animals I encourage you from now on to get vegan clothes for yourself and your family.

How can you tell when you go shopping? Simply look at the tag, if it has any percentage of the material discussed above as non-vegan, please don’t buy it. Basically any store has clothes made entirely of cotton, linen, polyester, etc. But we don’t only use clothes; we also use accessories, makeup, and hair products. Where could we find the vegan option of such things? I’m going to give you a list of places you can go to find not only clothes, but everything you may need to feel and look like yourself without harming animals and the planet.

Where to buy vegan clothes and accessories:

Like I already said, you can find vegan clothes pretty much anywhere (Target, Walmart, Forever21, Whole Foods, etc.), but these places will give you vegan clothes for sure on top of your shoes, make up, body products, accessories, and anything else you may need:

For regular stores you can always email them with an inquiry of their materials, they are required to answer you with accurate information. And you can always count on amazon.com. If you use the right keyword amazon will give you what you are looking for or give you links to websites that have what you are looking for.

Hope this post helps you find the outfits and fashion that better suits your needs in a cruelty free matter.

Vegan Recipes. Delicious and healthy vegan meals for breakfast.

Hello my vegan friends! I want to give you several recipes you can do any regular day. I will post several recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. This post I will focus on vegan breakfast ideas that are healthy, fast, and delicious.

If you are like me and hate to cook, this line of posts will relieve some of the pressure of what to prepare for yourself when you are clueless of what to make.

On this post I’m providing ideas for those that like a light breakfast and for those who like a heavier breakfast.

The first idea is a delicious, filling and nutritious strawberry smoothie. I recommend it specially for those that are in a hurry in the morning. I like it also because it really is tasty and strawberries are my favorite fruit since childhood.

Of course you can get creative and use your favorite fruit, this recipe will work with any fruit.

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  • Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie:
  1. 1 cup soy milk
  2. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 banana, broken into chunks
  4. 14 frozen strawberries
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar

Directions:

In a blender, combine soymilk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and sugar if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

(recipe provided by allrecipes.com)

I recommend this waffles because I truly love the flavor. I can eat breakfast food any time of the day.

  • Vegan Waffles (My favorite of the two):

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Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy milk (refrigerated, not shelf stable)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cooking spray
Maple syrup, nut butter

Directions:

Special equipment: a waffle iron

Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F if using to keep cooked waffles warm.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the soy milk, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and gently stir until just incorporated (it is OK if there are some lumps).

Generously spray the top and bottom of the waffle iron with cooking spray.

Fill each compartment almost completely, and spread the batter to the edges. Close the lid and cook until the waffles are golden brown and crisp, 6 to 7 minutes. Keep the cooked waffles warm in the oven or covered with foil on a plate while you make the remaining waffles.
(recipe provided by The Food Network)

Or  you can also follow the directions on the back of the Aunt Jemima’s box and substitute the eggs for ripe bananas (when they look dark brown). It gives it a nice flavor.

For more recipes , please watch this YouTube video  from FreshFitBeauty, which has a collection of 16 vegan recipes for any time of the day.

Since this is the first of the recipes posts, I want to share with you the following video because it gives you many ideas for the three basic meals of the day. It has over 690k views and over 32k likes. I really think you could take advantage of the content.

How To Remain Vegan in Any Situation.

All this time that I have been vegan, the most difficult part (aside of living with a non-vegan) is to remain vegan when I have to go to a non-vegan restaurant, a family or friends gathering, or a work event, whatever it is, if the food was not made with vegans in mind, it represents a challenge.

On this post I’m going to give you tips to remain vegan when there is not an apparent meal option for you.

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Image courtesy of www.ilovevegan.com

The most important thing you need to do as always with this lifestyle is to educate yourself.

If you have to go to an event where there is food and you have never been there ask the person organizing the event what type of food they will have. More than likely the person who invited you is the organizer and thought of you when creating the menu, but in the event he or she did not, asking will help you be prepared.

In a situation like this, the best option is to bring your own food. By this, I do not necessarily mean to take with you a bag full of containers with food. Balance is the key. Depending on the type of event you can take with you some snacks for you to munch on so you don’t pass out and save some time until you are able to go back home and eat whatever you want.

This tip applies for birthday parties, or for when you are out hanging out with friends at their place or when you have to go to a short work event.

Now you also have to keep in mind that if somebody wants you somewhere, they should take in consideration your needs. The tip I just gave you is for situations where you are not well known by the organizer of the event.

When you are going out to a restaurant with family, friends or your special someone, look at their menu online before going. Again, your loved ones are supposed to keep you in mind for this type of decisions, if they don’t, you should voice you opinion and suggest places too. Now, when you are on a road trip and its time to stop for a meal, usually the rest areas do not have many options but you can still make it work. In this case, you can use the first tip I gave you and bring your own food, but if you want to travel light, keeping your eyes open for vegan friendly options is the trick.

Most of the fast food restaurants have salads, which you can order without meat and dairy. Burger King has a veggie burger, which you can get without cheese and mayo. Taco Bell has vegan options as well, and they are coming out with more. If you are in a place that does not have veggie options get creative and create your own combo. Start adding and removing things from a particular meal. If you find yourself in a restaurant that gives you no chance to play with (which its almost impossible to happen), stop by a grocery store and get some fruits and nuts, or bread and hummus or anything that will fill you until you arrive to your final destination.

Now, going back to when in a non-vegan restaurant. Look for the side items. Most restaurants have vegetables as side dishes. Just make sure they don’t put butter or any dairy to it. You can accompany your sides with a house salad, again, making sure they add no cheese or any other dairy product to it or soup. I do that most of the time and it is always enough food to fill me up. This is in an extreme case though, because the most popular restaurants have vegetarian options, which you can convert to a vegan meal.

In summary, remaining vegan is a matter of being prepared and being creative. Before you arrive you can save yourself time, energy and chaos by investigating what type of foods they have; if it turns out they don’t have options for you, bring your own food or eat before leaving. There is nothing wrong with eating before leaving your house and just order a vegan drink, which is simpler to find, when you arrive to the place, after all, the point of the gathering is to spend quality time with each other, not the meal.

Creativity is also key to remain vegan. Look through the menu and see what can you create with what they have, but again, doing your homework before leaving can save you some time at the moment of ordering your meal.

Hope these tips help you stay strong in your vegan lifestyle. Prevailing is not only important for your health and the planet, but also for your reputation. Once you announce you have decided to become vegan, the first ones watching you to see if you fail, are those closer to you. And that does not mean they don’t love you, its just human nature. And when you fall, they will be the first ones to discourage you and the first ones to stop believing in you. It only takes one fall, and they no longer will take you seriously.

But remember what I say about falling, just keep on rising, it does not matter what anybody else thinks, you are still making a difference by trying; however, if you follow these tips, it will be easier for you to keep on going and be victorious.

Please take the time to look at this YouTube video of Tiffany, from Healthy Vegan Life. It gives other tips to remain vegan in  different scenarios.

What Do Vegans Eat. A list of food items and ideas to get you started in your new vegan lifestyle.

Although Veganism has expanded, there are still a lot of people that don’t know about Veganism, and when they find out, the first thing that comes out of their mouth is the question: what do vegans eat???

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Many of those who are not vegan firmly believe that if it did not come from an animal, it won’t taste good, so they find it impossible to even consider switching. On this blog I am going to provide you with a list of food you can eat and some ideas of what to do with that food in order to prepare a healthy and delicious meal that your taste buds will appreciate.

List of food to eat:

Among others fruits you can eat :

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Bilberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Currant
  • Cherry
  • Cherimoya
  • Cloudberry
  • Coconut
  • Cranberry
  • Damson
  • Date
  • Dragonfruit
  • Durian
  • Elderberry
  • Feijoa
  • Fig
  • Goji berry
  • Gooseberry
  • Grape Raisin
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Huckleberry
  • Jabuticaba
  • Jackfruit
  • Jambul
  • Jujube
  • Juniper berry
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Kumquat
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Loquat
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Marion berry
  • Melon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew Watermelon
  • Miracle fruit
  • Mulberry
  • Nectarine
  • Olive
  • Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Physalis
  • Plum/prune (dried plum)
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Pomelo
  • Purple mangosteen
  • Quince
  • Raspberry
  • Salmonberry
  • Rambutan
  • Redcurrant
  • Satsuma
  • Star fruit
  • Strawberry
  • Tamarillo
  • Tamarind
  • Ugli fruit

 

Among other vegetables you can eat:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Amaranth
  • Legumes
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Azuki beans
  • Bean sprouts
  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Borlotti bean
  • Broad beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Green beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Lima beans
  • Mung beans
  • Navy beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Runner beans
  • Split peas
  • Soy beans
  • Peas
  • Snap peas
  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  •  Corn
  • Mushrooms (actually a fungus, not a plant)
  • Mustard greens
  • Nettles
  • New Zealand spinach
  • Okra
  • Onion family
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Shallot
  • Green onion
  • Parsley
  • Peppers (biologically fruits, but taxed as vegetables)
  • Radicchio
  • Rhubarb
  • Root vegetables

Substitutions

I know that when one is not used to a plant based diet; it is really hard to realize how much earth has to offer for feeding. And especially when one is not used to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, but processed foods, it is even harder to feel capable to make the switch. Thankfully in these era of modernization and demand for vegan food, there are plenty of substitutions for those products that are hard to let go overnight, especially when you have eating it all your life.

As a vegan, you can make the transition easier by getting these products. It is important though you keep educating yourself so you know exactly what you will be eating in those substitutions, you do not want to become a junk food vegan either so ALWAYS read the ingredients before buying anything. When you don’t know what a word means, Google it on you phone really quick.

Some of the things you can substitute are:

  • Dairy: Milk (ice cream), butter, cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc.
  • Meats: ground beef, hot dogs, pork (peperoni, ham, sausages, bologna, bacon, etc.), chicken (nuggets, strips, etc.), burgers, meatballs, meat loaf, etc.
  • Eggs
  • Mayonnaise, and many other things.

What can you do with all of this food?

From the long list provided you could recreate anything and everything you want. All you need is patience and the Internet. With social media you can get any recipe you are craving for. I myself have made many delicious and guilt-free meals with the help of YouTube and Pinterest.

I know it may seem too much at first, but you will get the hang of it really quick. One thing you need to do is find out which grocery stores in your area carry the substitutions you would like to try, and I say substitutions because most of the grocery stores are filled with the most common fruits and vegetables mentioned above.

One thing you need to keep in mind is that everybody is different, what I may find delicious you may find terrible so, again, you need patience because it will take time for you to find out which brands give you a flavor you like for each substitution.

The ones I recommend are the following:

  1. For ice creams, the soy based ones are my favorites, the almond based ones are the one I dislike the most. Having said that, “Soy” ice crams are the ones I lie best.
  2. Ironically for milk, I like almond milk the best, and I also like soymilk and rice drink. I have never tried the new cashew milk that has come to the market yet. I have prepared my own at home for cooking purposes. For almond milk I like “Blue Diamond, Almond Breeze”, for soy milk I like “Soy” and for rice drink I like “Rice Dream.”
  3. For cheese “Daiya” has come a long way and has made a really good “cheddar” cheese that melts really well and tastes very good. The soy brands have also made a good job making “American” cheese, the brand that I have used for soy is “Go Veggie”, but you have to make sure they are vegan, not all of the are, and this brand does not melt as well as “Daiya”, but its cheaper.
  4. For other dairy products like: cream cheese, sour cream, ricotta cheese, etc. Toffuti is the best. They also have really good ice cream as well.
  5. For meats “Gardein” stole my heart. They have come out with a large variety of food alternatives that are very easy to prepare and taste great; also they use very healthy ingredients, which is extremely important, since one of the best benefits of becoming vegan is health improvement. Boca is also a good brand, and is cheaper.

In reality sky is the limit. With the help of social media you can recreate your favorite meals, although what would be best is to eat just fruits and veggies. I know it is not easy to stop eating processed food overnight, thats where the substitutions come in handy. You could little by little eliminate them until you are left with a truly plant based diet.

Please take a look at the link bellow to find a more detailed guide on how to substitute your favorite recipes.

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Here is a good video showing things you can eat when you plan to eat a diet more based on substitutions.

Here is a good video showing things you can eat when you are thinking in eating a more plant based diet.