Vegan Alternatives To Meat, Dairy Products and Eggs – Introduction

If you decide to switch your diet to a plant-based one or go even further and become vegan, meat, dairy and eggs will no longer be a part of your diet.

Vegan versions of traditional animal foods are available in most grocery stores and supermarkets. Vegan meat is available in a number of varieties and in the places where it is sold. These include ready meals, kebab kebabs, sausages, soy chips and granules and veggie burgers. We are quite lucky as nowadays there are vegan options in almost every store out there. I remember when I started eating plant-based about three years ago and there was almost nothing vegan on the shelves – one type of plant milk, one type of cheese in the rare supermarkets and you had to walk all the way across town to stumble upon nutritional yeast or be forced to order it online yourself.

Vegan alternatives to meat

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If you want your food to have a similar flavor and texture to meat, you’re in luck, because there are nowadays companies that make vegan meat substitutes. There are products on the market that replace vegetables with meat, such as ham, turkey, vegetable burgers, meatballs, sausages, patties, bacon, ground beef, chicken and nuggets, and even meatloaf. You can also try to make your own vegan “meat” in many different ways such as this Easy Vegan Meatloaf.

Dairy Products

Dairy products, such as cow milk, are now probably the easiest thing to remove from the menu if you decide to transition to a plant-based diet. You can buy ready-made alternative milk made from all kinds of plants such as soybeans, almonds, seeds, rice, oats and more. The same applies to vegan yoghurt, which is produced more and more every year. We used to have only blueberry and natural yoghurt but nowadays I can find pear, banana, strawberry, mango and many other vegan yoghurt flavors.

Vegan butter substitutes have been around for a long time and are an excellent 1: 1 substitute for butter in baking. Apart from that, you can always use coconut oil when baking sweets. Learn more about replacing milk here.

Replacing Eggs

Eggs in baking can easily be replaced with flax or chia seeds. To learn more about how to replace eggs for plant-based recipes, check out this article I wrote not so long ago.

Replacing Cheese

Animal-based cheese can be replaced by many alternatives such as soy or rice-based cheese. Be aware that many brands contain casein, a milk protein. Another vegan cheese option is soiled tofu, which is very nutritious. Cheese, just like meat substitutes nowadays has been made by many different brands and you can easily find all kinds of alternatives out there. You can find mozzarella, cheddar, cream cheese and anything else your heart desires. If you can’t find cheese alternatives in your local area, try to join a vegan Facebook group or check on Twitter if someone who lives near may have information on where you can find it.

Worst case, you can always order online! Nowadays there are tons of online vegan stores selling various cheese types – even quite a few particular aged cheese options.

Best of all is that you can always make your own vegan cheese – try these 12 vegan cheese recipes to find the one that suits your needs.

Changing to a plant-based diet is not easy but nowadays it is easier than it has ever been before. Feel free to reach out on our email at mindfulducks@gmail.com and ask any questions you may have.

Find more tips for new vegans right here:

Classic Ratatouille (Vegan)

Looking for an easy classic recipe for Ratatouille? Enjoy a savory, simple vegan meal perfect for when you need to catch up on your veggies.

Vegan Cream Potatoes

Easy vegan cream potatoes to make in under an hour. They go well with your vegan meatballs, meatloaf or anything else you like! Perfect for the beginner vegan.

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