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Making Vegan Substitutions in Nonvegan Recipes

By Alexandra Jamieson

Part of Vegan Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Just because you’ve become vegan doesn’t mean you’re ready to give up Mom’s classic nonvegan recipes. Luckily, you can often make ingredient substitutions to make those recipes vegan-friendly. Try these vegan substitutions in nonvegan recipes:

  • Use crumbled tempeh for ground beef in tacos, burritos, casseroles, pasta sauce, or old chipped beef recipes.

  • Try nutritional yeast flakes instead of Parmesan cheese on top of pasta dishes or air popped popcorn.

  • Cut up seitan to replace chunks of chicken or meat in spaghetti sauce.

  • Try shredded Daiya or Follow Your Heart brand vegan cheese instead of cow’s milk cheese in casseroles, grilled cheese sandwiches, or mac and cheese.

  • Substitute almond, rice, hemp, soy, oat, or other nut milks in place of cow’s milk for baking, cooking, or drinking.

  • Replace one egg in baking with 1/4 cup mashed tofu, 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds simmered with 3 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan until thickened, or 1/3 cup of mashed banana.