Vegan swaps

The accessibility of vegan convenience products and fresh ingredients has improved significantly in recent years! And you don’t need to be a masterchef to create delicious meals. We'll show you how you can replace meat, fish, dairy, eggs and honey to easily 'veganise' your meals today! [p.s. check out those with a * for special 'itseasy2bvegan!' community offers!]

 

meat   MEAT

 

Vegan replacement brands:

Supermarket own brands, Dees, Frys, Gambardelli*, Goodlife, Granovita (try their mock ‘duck’!), Lettices, Linda McCartney, More than Meat*, Quorn (new vegan ‘chicken’ style pieces & spicy burgers), Sgaia Mheat, Vegusto*, VBites (includes Cheatin, Vegi Deli & Redwoods), Wheaty.

Other options include:

Mushrooms – good for stirfries, Mexican dishes, pies, curries, casseroles, wellingtons, crispy ‘duck’ and pulled ‘pork’ (shiitakes).
Jackfruit – good for pulled ‘pork’.
Lentils – good for shepherds/cottage pie, nut roasts, curries and burgers.
Beans – good for adding to soups, stews, chillis, curries and burgers.
Tofu – good for marinating, grilling, stirfries, kebabs, curries and scrambling.
Tempeh (a firmer soya product) – good for marinating, grilling, stirfries, kebabs, curries and casseroles.
Seitan (braised gluten) – good for marinating, grilling, stirfries, kebabs, making into burgers, schnitzels and other breaded items.


FISH

 

Vegan replacement brands:

The Vegetarian Caviar Club (vegan ‘caviar’), Tesco veggie fingers, V-bites (fish-style steaks, fish cakes, fish fingers and ‘tuna’ paté).

Other options include:

Aubergine slices – battered or breaded and baked or fried.
Mashed chickpeas can act as a tuna flake alternative – particularly with vegan mayo and sweetcorn in a sandwich.
Firm tofu marinated in seaweed flakes then battered and fried can have a real taste of the sea!
Fish sauce can be replaced with salty or flavour-rich alternatives such as soy sauce, miso and mushroom ketchup.


DAIRY

 

MILK

Vegan replacement brands:

Supermarket own brands, Almond Breeze, Alpro, Eco-Mil, Good Hemp*, Koko, Oatley, Provamel, Rebel Kitchen, Rude HealthVive Soy.

Other options include:

Plant based drinks including soya, oat, rice, hemp, coconut, almond, hazelnut, quinoa.
You can also make your own milk, such as almond, at home.

CREAM

Vegan replacement brands:

Alpro, Oatley, Provamel, Whiptop.

Other options include:

Soya cream, oat cream, coconut cream and home-made cashew nut cream.

YOGHURT

Vegan replacement brands:

Supermarket ‘freefrom’ own brands, Alpro, Coyo, Joya, Sojade.

Other options include:

You can use a plant milk and apple cider vinegar to make a buttermilk/thin yoghurt mixture.

BUTTER

Vegan replacement brands:

Biona, Koko Dairy Free, Pure, Stork (hard gold block only), Suma, Vitalite.

Other options include:

Nut butters such as peanut, cashew and almond or mashed avocado, hummus and oils (hemp, rapeseed, and olive are good).

CHEESE

Vegan replacement brands:

Supermarket own brands, Cherub Dairy-free (Bellissimo ‘parmesan’), Good Carma Cheese*, Gozo Deli*, Mozzarisella, Nutcrafter Creamery*, Sheese (Bute Island), Toffuti, Tyne Chease*, Vbites (Cheezly),Veganic Pizza Cheese, Vegourmet (Jeezo), Vegusto*, Violife.

Other options include:

Blended nuts (such as almonds or walnuts) with nutritional yeast and salt added for a parmesan substitute.
Sprinklings of nutritional yeast flakes.
Home made vegan cheeses.
Nutritional yeast flakes plus mustard powder and tumeric for ‘cheesy’ sauces.


 

EGGS

 

Vegan replacement brands:

Ener-G, Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg, Orgran (you can even make meringues out of this), Vegg. For egg-free mayonnaise try Granovita, Plamil, Tiger Tiger or Vegenaise.

Other options include:

Aquafaba (chick pea water – whipped with sugar for meringues).
Firm tofu for scrambled ‘eggs’.
Silken tofu for quiches.
Ground flax or chia seeds added to water for baking (good for binding mixtures).
Extra baking powder or bicarb for baking (good for rising).
Soya protein powder (good as a thickener in sauces and adds extra protein).
Agar agar or arrowroot (both good as a thickening agents).
Ripe banana or apple sauce (seem to act well as both binding and moistening agents).

 

 


 

HONEY

 

Vegan replacement brands:

Crazy JackGroovy Food Company, Meridian, Sweet Freedom.

Other options include:

Agave syrup (light and dark versions), maple syrup, date syrup, rice syrup, fruit sugar syrup, golden syrup and treacle.