The vegan diet – make it work with these tips!
Vegetarian and vegan diets are getting more and more popular. Vegan food is also interesting to meat lovers, and it’s increasingly common to get experimental in the kitchen. Plant-based proteins have also found their way to Finnish dining tables. You can use Pulled Oats or Deli OatBites to replace chicken, pork, beef and even fish. But what can be used to replace eggs? What product can be used instead of cooking cream? Or what is the best plant-based drink? Grocery store shelves are full of options, and vegan products let you get creative in entirely new ways in the kitchen. Here, we have compiled a list of larger-than-life tips and secrets of vegan cooking. Whether you are taking part in a vegan challenge or are merely interested in plant-based eating – here’s how to make vegan cooking work!
In terms of taste, the best choices for cooking savoury food are oat drink and unsweetened soy drink. For sweet baking, almond drink and coconut milk are also delicious choices. Try out different drinks to find your favourite! However, it should be noted that sugar is often added to soy drink, which makes the sweetened version and its vanilla flavour more suitable for baking sweet treats. Nut-based drinks also work very well in baking and bring a lovely nutty flavour to the baked items.
Grocery store shelves are full of plant-based “cheeses”! Nowadays, you can find plant-based feta, parmesan, mozzarella, grated cheese and even blue cheese. Try different products to find your favourite. If you have problems with plant-based products, it may be easiest to just leave them out of the recipe.
Tip: If you are using a plant-based cheese in foods such as lasagne or pizza, mix into oat cream first to make it melt better in the oven!
Pssst! Did you know that the taste of nutritional yeast flakes is surprisingly similar to parmesan? By adding nutritional yeast flakes, you can add a cheesy flavour to any food and add more nutrients to your food, as nutritional yeast flakes are full of B vitamins.
Vegetable oil spreads and margarines taste really good these days. Many of them also don’t contain any palm oil, which is why we like them too! In addition to being dairy-free, these products also contain good quality unsaturated fatty acids. Vegetable oil spreads work on bread as well as in cooking and baking. On the other hand, you could also use any vegetable oil as a substitute for butter. We’re sure you won’t be able to tell the difference!
Did you know that eggs can simply be left out of many recipes? For example, macaroni casseroles, pancakes and many other savoury and sweet dishes can easily be made without eggs. Sweet and savoury pies can be made using unsweetened plant-based yoghurt, and, for baking, you can use a chia seed or flaxseed “egg”, which can easily be made by mixing 1 tbsp. of chia seeds or flaxseed with 3 tbsp. of water.
For omelettes, you can use chickpea flour or plant-based “egg” products, and you can make vegan scrambled eggs by frying crumbled tofu in a pan with oil, turmeric and salt!
And how about replacing cooking cream? Plant-based products made with oats, soy or rice are good substitutes for cream. There are many options, and plant-based alternatives to cream work just as well in situations where you would pour in a little cream!
The cornerstones of vegan cooking are, without a doubt, oat-based Turkish yoghurt and unsweetened soy yoghurt. You can use these to replace plain yoghurt and make wonderful sauces and dips, such as tzatziki, as well as add fresh flavours to Indian or Mexican dishes.
Fermented milk products
Our favourite of the vegan products is påMackan, which comes in multiple flavours. This oat-based spread works well on bread as well as being a substitute for sour cream in sauces or dips. Oat fraiche also works especially well in the place of creme fraiche and sour cream!
Nowadays, many mayonnaise products are already vegan and you can use them just as you would a mayonnaise with egg in it. You can, of course, also make vegan mayonnaise yourself!
For sweetening, you can use maple syrup, agave syrup or just plain old syrup instead of honey.
And how about meat?
In foods where the protein source would be red meat or chicken, you can use Pulled Oats in the same way. For example, you can substitute Pulled Oats for minced meat in this creamy macaroni casserole. Pulled Oats can also be used as a substitute for fish, such as in these cocktail snacks. It’s tasty and easy, and vegans don’t need to miss out on anything – quite the contrary!