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If you’re thinking of trying a vegan diet, you might be worried about giving up some of your fave every day go-to meals. While there are plenty of vegan options out there, giving up your fave recipes can seem like a big sacrifice but luckily the majority of recipes can be easily adapted!
Substitute eggs in baking
If you want to bake a cake and have a go-to recipe, you might feel a bit stuck on what to do instead of using eggs. Luckily there are lots of great alternatives, including banana, aqaufaba, apple cider vinegar and even a can of coke or lemonade!
Find the right alternatives
Whether the recipe requires chicken, bacon, beef or even salmon you’ll be able to find a vegan alternative with a bit of research. If you can’t find a good alternative you can substitute chicken in most recipes for tofu instead, which is super versatile to cook with. Maple syrup and Agave are also good alternatives for honey too.
Learn what ingredients aren’t vegan
This might sound like an obvious one, but even experienced vegans can accidentally slip up sometimes. While meat, fish and dairy are all avoided as part of a vegan diet, this also extends to honey, beeswax, gelatine and certain vitamins. Some every day foods such as cereals, spaghetti hoops and pasta sauces can have non vegan ingredients in that aren’t clearly labelled, so familiarise yourself on what to look out for when doing your shopping.
Get a hold of a good double cream
Double cream is a standard ingredient for a lot of creamy pasta sauces or curries, but no need to fear as popular brands such as Alpro, Oatly and Elmlea sell vegan double cream alternatives which should be a staple for cooking.
Make your own sauces
If you like to use pasta sauces from a jar (hey, it still counts as cooking) you may find that they have non-vegan ingredients in. You should be able to find vegan versions in the free-from section of your local supermarket, with pesto and carbonara sauces being quite easy to find, but if you want to save some money, making your own could be your best bet to put a twist on your fave recipe.