With what ingredient or food could we substitute milk or dairy products when preparing vegan recipes or dishes? We propose some unique options that do work.
If you follow a vegan diet, it is quite likely that, on many occasions, you have encountered the problem of not knowing what to substitute for certain foods when preparing a cooking recipe, especially if you opt for normal recipes in which they are used. Typically normal ingredients.
This ‘problem’ is true that many vegans find it not only when preparing and preparing recipes in the kitchen. They also find it in their day to day; especially when they eat out and, for example, visit a restaurant or cafeteria at lunchtime.
As you surely know (or perhaps not if it is the first time that you enter this diet and consider it), while the vegetarian diet is based on the elimination of meat and on some occasions you can choose to consume Foods of animal origin but never meat (such as milk or eggs), vegan food is characterized by the total elimination of any food that comes from the animal.
In the case of vegans, it is not only a food option, but an authentic lifestyle in which they respect animals, considering them precisely as individuals with interests that deserve to be respected.
Therefore, if you follow a vegan diet and lifestyle and are faced with recipes to prepare at home, it is best to always have on hand and know in advance which foods can be useful to replace those ingredients that you do not consume. This is the case, for example, of milk and different dairy products.
Tips for substituting milk and dairy
How to substitute milk:
Most often, how and practical, it is to replace the animal milk (either from cows, goats or sheep) for a plant variety, such as the soy milk, the rice milk, oat milk or the almond milk.
Although they are obviously not milk in the strict sense of the word, their more exact name is that of vegetable drinks.
But for the preparation of different recipes we can also follow some basic recommendations:
- For making drinks: for a coffee, a tea, a bowl with cereals. it is best to opt for any vegetable drink, choosing in this case the one you like the most.
- To make vegetable creams, sauces or béchamel: it is best to opt for vegetable drinks that have not been sweetened and that do not contain any type of flavoring or flavoring.
- For smoothies: either fruit or cereal, the best options are rice milk, oat milk or coconut milk.
- For the preparation of desserts: it is better to avoid special flavors that contain flavorings (such as vanilla aromas) or that has been sugary, and opts for pure vegetable drinks such as almond or oatmeal.
How to substitute the cream:
The cream is probably one of the dairy that as a vegan/more could cause you headaches, especially because it is not as easy to replace as it is the case of milk
However, in these cases you have two options: either prepare a vegan cream quickly at home or opt for a variety of vegan cream already made that you will find in herbalists and vegan stores.
- How to make your own vegan cream: you only need 1/2 l. soy, almond or oat milk, 1 tablespoon of vegetable margarine and a pinch of salt or sugar. Put the vegetable drink together with the margarine in a saucepan and heat over medium heat for an hour. After this time it will be ready.
- Vegan creams in herbalists: you can find them in your trusted vegan store or herbalists, usually in a tetra-brick format. The most common are made with soy or oatmeal, and are specific for cooking.
As a last resort, you can substitute the cream for soy, oat or coconut milk and beat them very well.
How to substitute yogurt:
The yogurt is possibly along with milk, another option to replace more comfortable and simple. Why? Very simple: nowadays it is extremely easy to find flavored vegetable yogurts, which are made with also vegetable drinks.
But if you prefer to opt for homemade preparations, it is also possible to make a vegan yogurt easily at home by opting for a soy vegetable drink or any other vegetable variety (oatmeal or almonds for example are also ideal).
How to substitute cheese:
In herbalists and vegan stores today it is possible to find vegan versions of popular cheeses, such as mozzarella cheese or Parmesan cheese. However, if not, you can opt for tofu as a good substitute (and that in short, it is nothing more than a kind of cheese made with soy).
Thus, fresh cheese can be perfectly substituted for firm fresh tofu, while for making lasagna or pizzas you can choose to add very thin slices of tofu on top before cooking.