The Vegan Bible

An ever-growing list of the tips and tricks that you need to know to veganize any recipe.

 
 
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Nooch

Nutritional Yeast is like God saying, "Ya, I get it." This stuff is a miracle.

Nooch is a flaky yellow powder with the taste of unsalted parmesan and the health of an almond. In just 4 tablespoons, there is 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and a buttload of B12. This is a vegan pantry necessity.


Chia Seeds

Lets talk about egg replacer. Ground up chia seeds are the perfect answer to your egg related problems. I like to grind mine up fresh in a miniature coffee grinder but you can buy ground chia in some stores too!

To release the magic combine 1 tablespoon of ground chia with 1 tablespoon of water. Mix together and let set for at least ten minutes before adding it into your recipes.

I have had success replacing egg with chia in countless recipes, like pancakes, cakes, muffins, cookies and even crepes!

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Tofu

Tofu can easily be the trickiest meat alternative to work with. Unlike meat dupes, tofu doesn't come with cooking instructions or flavor. Tofu is what you make of it but it can be daunting. 

  1. Always press ALL the liquid out of your tofu. The liquid is meant to keep the tofu fresh and soft, but it also tastes like exactly what it is, bean water. Press it all out so that it can adopt new flavors and actually get crispy.
  2. Marinade your tofu. Whether or not you are using a dry rub, a liquid marinade, or even just some garlic salt, you need to pretreat it.
  3. All or nothing. Cook your tofu at a high heat in plenty of oil or low and slow to dry it out. I like to deep-fry tofu, but if I'm looking for a healthier, lighter route, I opt for baking. I set my tofu out in cubes onto a cookie tray and cook at 400 F on the top rack for as long as it takes to get a nice tan color over the whole cube.

Produce

The secret to a healthy vegan diet is an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. Knowing what is in season in your area is the easiest way to stay on top of your nutrients! As a Californian I am luck to be surrounded with fresh local produce all year round. I have attached a chart that I found on Pinterest from the blog, "The Mirror Mag" for California. There are tons of resources like this. I found this one by Googling, "Seasonal Produce Chart California".

 
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more tips and tricks coming soon!