The Ultimate Vegan Cooking Guide (of 2020)

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VEGAN CHEESE

ABOUT VEGAN CHEESE

Vegan cheese is a type of cheese which is made without animal products.

Usually it is made with coconut oil, nuts, seeds, or tapioca. 

Many vegan cheesemongers follow traditional cheesemaking techniques. You can find many types of vegan cheese, including vegan blue cheese, vegan smoked cheese, vegan ricotta, etc.

Many homemade vegan cheeses use cashews as a base, often blended with coconut oil and then left to set in the fridge. 

A simple cashew base can also be used as a cheese alternative for vegan mac and cheese

Nowadays vegan cheese is just as good as the real thing, but it is made without harming animals. So you can eat your vegan cheese guilt-free.

Moreover, vegan cheese can be healthier than dairy cheese, because it contains no animal fat – have you watched gamechangers?

Do still eat in moderation, especially if you are eating more ‘processed’ vegan cheese. 

There are so many different kinds of vegan cheese on the market and we are sure you will have your favourites. 

However, we believe the best vegan cheese is made using whole foods and natural ingredients. Vegan doesn’t always equal healthy. Make sure you avoid over-processed food.

If you are looking for a comparison of the main vegan cheese brands in the US, check out this article by LiveKindly.

Nowadays, you can buy vegan cheese pretty much anywhere. Think supermarkets, service stations, online shops, and local markets.

If you are in the UK, we recommend:
Food by Sumear
La Fauxmagarie
Tyne Chease

If you are in Vietnam, we recommend:
Kashew Cheese

If you are in America, we recommend:
Miyokos

HOW TO COOK WITH VEGAN CHEESE

Use vegan cheese on top of all your favourite dishes, be it pasta, gnocchi, bakes, pies, pizza, you name it! 

 

There are so many tasty vegan cheeses out there, and they can make a delicious sauce base. In particular, softer nut-based cheeses. 

Use as a base for the popular mac and cheese, or as a base for a creamy ‘cheesy’ sauce. 

Vegan cheese makes a great filling for toasties and sandwiches. Team up with a chutney or vegan meat alternative. 

OUR FAVOURITE VEGAN CHEESE RECIPE

Cashew Cheese + Shiitake Mushrooms

VEGAN MILK

ABOUT VEGAN MILK

Vegan milk is a direct replacement for cow’s milk (or other dairy options).

Vegan milk can be used for drinking, adding to tea, baking, and much more!

Vegan milk can be made using many different ingredients. The most popular are:

  • Soy
  • Oat
  • Rice
  • Pea
  • Hemp

Most vegan milk is made by extracting the liquid from the vegan ingredient, or simply blending it with water. 

The vegan milk you buy is often fortified with vitamins and minerals that you also find in dairy products, like calcium. This is important for your health and wellness.

Moreover, the dairy industry causes mass suffering for animals. Vegan alternatives are kinder to animals and the environment.

The big vegan debate, everyone has their favourite and it often depends on what they are using it for.

If you are a big coffee drinker, then you’d prefer:

If you are looking for something creamy for your porridge or cereal, then try:

For the environmentally-conscious vegan milk drinkers, try a milk using an environmentally friendly crop, like:

For more information on the environmental impacts of your vegan milk, check out this post.

Also, make sure to read The Vegan Review’s guide to eco-friendly alt-milk here.

Most supermarkets and grocery stores now stock at least a few options. Smaller establishments may provide just soy milk.

If you are eating out, try to check their menu first, or send them an email, to find out if they supply a vegan milk alternative. If you are keen on having milk in your tea/coffee, then consider carrying a flash about with you!

HOW TO COOK WITH VEGAN MILK

If you are looking to create a creamy sauce then vegan milk is perfect for you.

You can use it just like you would to make a bechamel sauce. 

Try out this vegan bechamel recipe here.

If you are too lazy to make a bechamel, alternatively, you can mix a couple of spoonfuls of a vegan cream cheese, or cashew cheese, with some dairy-free milk, to create a creamy sauce base.

Many recipes for baked goods call for milk. Luckily for vegans, we can replace like-for-like with dairy-free milk. 

When a recipe calls for a buttermilk concoction, you can use vegan milk and lemon juice to get a similar affect. 

Think,
Ice cream… Pannacotta… Milk Pudding…

You can make any of these using vegan milk!

Most milk desserts will need to be set. Traditionally, gelatine is used. Vegans can use agar agar instead.

 

As previously mentioned, there are many awesome vegan milks on the market today. 

If you are a coffee addict, pick up a barista style vegan milk.

If you are a white russian lover, try a thick soy milk. 

The options are endless!

OUR FAVOURITE VEGAN MILK RECIPE

American Style Pancakes

VEGAN EGG

ABOUT VEGAN EGG

Vegan egg can be made using many different natural ingredients, depending on the type of egg dish you want to replicate.

For instance, you can make a vegan scrambled egg using tofu, or mung beans.

If you are trying to replicate a dish that uses egg whites, like meringues, you can use aquafaba (the water from chickpeas). 

So, vegan egg is either used to ‘bind’ ingredients together in recipes, or to actually mimic egg in a dish. 

There are many ways to make vegan eggs. We will show some examples based upon their uses.

Baking

  • Chia Egg
  • Flaxseed Egg
  • Aquafaba
  • Apple Sauce

Mimic Egg

  • Tofu
  • Mung Bean
  • Black Salt
  • Ackee

Chicken farming causes unnecessary suffering on chickens, and vegan alternatives are so good, so there is no need to harm animals for tasty food!

If you are looking for pre-made egg products, we have our favourites! Including:

Some vegan egg products will most likely only be stocked in specialist shops. However, you can make your own vegan ‘egg’ like products pretty easily with tofu, which is available pretty much everywhere!

HOW TO COOK WITH VEGAN EGG

Some form of ‘egg’ like binder is needed in most baking recipes. This is because when baking there are many ingredients which are put together, without a binder they will stay separate. Meaning you’ll probably end up with a lump of mush on your plate. 

Popular binders are aquafaba (miracle ingredient) and chia egg

As mentioned, sometimes you may want to mimic egg as an element in your dish. This could include, scrambled egg, a fried egg, poached egg, etc. Making vegan scrambled egg is very simple. Check out this tasty vegan scrambled tofu recipe. Copying fried eggs etc. is more of a challenge. But it has been done. This restaurant in LA makes their own vegan egg yolk out of tomato.

If you are making a pastry dish, or a baked product, that requires an egg glaze, you can use a few vegan alternatives.

If it is for a sweet dish, try mixing some maple syrup with a vegan milk and then brushing it on.

Alternatively, you can brush on aquafaba. 

OUR FAVOURITE VEGAN EGG RECIPE

Vegan 'Dirty' Brownies

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