Easy Vegan Swaps

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January is the perfect time to switch up your routine and try something new. Many people will be embarking on a vegan journey this month, which can be a little daunting to begin with. To help make the transition a little smoother, we have put together some vegan substitutes for your favourite foods. Even if you don’t plan on switching to an exclusively vegan diet, squeezing some more plant-based foods into your diet is always a good idea. To put it simply, we’re encouraging everyone to eat more plants 🌱

Eggs

Chickpeas are an excellent replacement for eggs. To make vegan scrambled egg heat and mash the chickpeas with some tumeric and nutritional yeast and serve on toast. Don’t discard the water from your can of chickpeas! It is full of protein and can be whipped up like egg whites and used to make meringue, chocolate mousse, or folded into fluffy pancake batter. If your recipe requires stiff peaks, boil your chickpea water before whipping for a more concentrated solution.

Meat

Finding a perfect plant-based substitute for every meat is a tricky task, but there are certainly some suitable alternatives that will ensure your go-to meals can stay on the menu. Brown lentils do a wonderful job at subbing in for mince in a Bolognese or shepherd’s pie. Hickory-smoky Tofurky is a great protein source for wraps and sandwiches.

Bacon

The unmistakable smoky sweetness of bacon is easily replicated by marinated tempeh slices. Packed with protein and free from nitrates, tempeh bacon does more than just tick the box as a vegan alternative. A combination of soy sauce, olive oil, maple syrup, liquid smoke and paprika makes the marinade for thinly sliced tempeh to soak up. Fry in a hot pan for delightfully crispy strips, perfect for a vegan BLT.

Honey

Often overlooked as a non-vegan food, honey can be substituted by many vegan-friendly sweeteners. Our syrup of choice is the Chicory Root Syrup from Homespun. This entirely natural golden elixir contains 70% less sugar than honey, maple and agave while also being a great source of gut-friendly fibre. Perfect on pancakes or drizzled over porridge.

Cheese

A life without cheese doesn’t bear thinking about. Thankfully, Violife have devised a plant-based solution for cheese enthusiasts. Their coconut oil-based cheddar flavoured block tastes great on crackers, pizza, and sprinkled over a pasta bake. With a wide variety of delicious flavours to choose from, a vegan cheeseboard is no longer a pipe dream. When it comes to soft cheese, Irish-made Flying Squirrel make those most delicious camembert and almond ‘cream cheese’ spread.

Butter

Coconut oil works brilliantly as a replacement for butter when baking anything from brownies and flapjacks to biscuits and cakes. When it comes to spreads, Naturli vegan spread is great in sandwiches and on toast.

Chocolate

A vegan lifestyle does not mean you have to forgo the sheer delight of chocolate. In fact, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to vegan chocolatey treats. Ombar and Nobó have delicious chocolate slabs while Love Raw and Rhythm 108 have you covered if you’re seeking a more adventurous treat. Vego chocolate spread is great slathered on toast or pancakes.

Ice Cream

Smooth, creamy ice cream does not have to be a thing of the past when you switch to a vegan diet. Booja Booja and Nobó make indulgent natural ice cream treats with no nasties.

Skincare

You may be surprised to learn how many animal by-products are present in beauty products. Vegan skincare focuses on sourcing the best plant-based ingredients to formulate effective skincare solutions. Sukin use a combination of botanicals, plant oils, fruits and vegetables to formulate their clean and gentle products. Organic and vegan-friendly skincare brand Pai strive to unlock the goodness of natural ingredients. Explore their range for brightening and purifying benefits.