Whether you’re vegan or not, cooking could be an intimidating experience!
I know this because just recently, I went out with a new friend of mine and her whole hand was bandaged. Of course my reaction was to ask what had happened! Her answer was that she burned herself severely, while trying to fry some potatoes, and this is what often happens whenever she tries to cook.
Now this is quite funny on the one hand, on the other – some people do struggle with even the simplest tasks when it comes to food preparation. Would you believe me, though, that no matter how much of a ‘bad’ cook you think you are,
THERE ARE WAYS TO TRICK YOURSELF INTO ACTUALLY LOVING IT!
The more you learn of a thing, the more you become better at it, and this makes you want more of it! In the end you start enjoying the process so much that you stop thinking about yourself as a ‘bad’ cook!
This is why, to everyone who loves cooking, and to those who don’t believe they can start enjoying this process of food preparation, here are
INCREDIBLE VEGAN COOKING HACKS ANY VEGAN SHOULD MASTER
1. VEGAN BUTTERMILK
Add one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of any non-dairy milk. Stir and let sit until it curdles. Ta Da! You have buttermilk. Now you can make Vegan ‘Buttermilk’ Biscuits. Yum!
Extra tip: reduce lemon waste by using this extra comfy lemon peeler.
2. SUBSTITUTING DAIRY MILK IN RECIPES IS EASY —
just keep proportions the same, and make sure to use the right kind of non-dairy alternative.
3. IT’S EASY TO REPLACE EGGS
There are so many ways to replace eggs in recipes, it’s a wonder anyone cooks with them anymore. To replace one egg, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of warm water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes a gel. Then add it to your recipe as you would the egg.
4. CRAVING WHIPPED CREAM? REFRIGERATE COCONUT MILK OVERNIGHT AND WHIP!
5. CAKE MIX + CAN OF SODA = CAKE
A weird, but genius and amazingly simple cake hack: Buy “accidentally vegan” cake mix, and replace eggs with soda. It’s a miracle.
6. AVOCADOS CAN BE USED AS BUTTER
There’s a trend going on right now for avocado toast. Just mash up some avocado and season it with your favorite herbs, spices, or even hot sauce and spread it on your toast as you would butter. Besides toast, avocado can substitute for butter in baking or in puddings. Just be aware that you will taste the avocado, so be sure it’s a good match for your recipe.
7. VEGAN MAYO IS SUPER SIMPLE TOO!
If you’re out of Vegenaise, but have silken tofu in your fridge, you’re in luck: Vegan mayo is in your future.
Get the recipe at Sixtyone45.
8. YOU CAN STILL USE POULTRY SEASONING TO MAKE A NO-CHICKEN BROTH.
For poultry seasoning, you’re looking for spice mixes you’d use to season chicken, which are generally vegan. McCormick makes one with a blend of paprika, onion, and garlic.
9. VEGAN HEAVY CREAM CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH A FOOD PROCESSOR AND CASHEWS.
Also, just ALWAYS have cashews around. They are vegan magic.
Recipe at Living My Pinterest Life.
10. NUTRITIONAL YEAST IS CHEESY
While you’re learning to make your own vegan cheese, nutritional yeast can step in to give you that cheesy flavor in a snap. Add to it a Béchamel sauce to make cheese sauce for your nachos or mac and cheese, sprinkle it on kale chips for a cheesy, salty topping, or use it as a swap-out for parmesan.
More nutritional yeast ideas at Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth.
11. KEEP A STOCK OF PUFF PASTRY AND FROZEN PIE CRUST IN THE FREEZER (OBVIOUSLY, ONES WITHOUT EGG OR DAIRY).
Super handy for creating flaky, savory treats, or quick hand pies.
Here’s an idea for vegan empanadas as well as a mouth-watering puff pastry pizza.
12. WANT TO ADD SMOKY, MEATY FLAVOR TO A DISH? THESE BACON SALTS ARE (WEIRDLY) VEGAN.
Check out J&D’s salts here.
13. DOWNLOAD THE “IS IT VEGAN” APP ON YOUR PHONE.
All you need to do is scan a product’s barcode, and the app will analyze the ingredients.
14. WHEN MAKING ALMOND MILK, DON’T DISCARD THE PULP! YOU CAN DRY IT OUT AND USE IT AS ALMOND FLOUR.
Find out how to do it at All Sorts of Pretty.
15. CHICKPEA FLOUR IS MAGICAL
Chickpea flour is one of my very favorite ingredients. Yes, it’s a great gluten-free choice of flour but it is also versatile. Mix chickpea flour with milk, beer, water, or seltzer and you have a delicious soy-free batter that you can use for French toast, beer-battered “fish” fillets, chickpea omelets, and breads, or as the egg replacement for dredging and breading.
16. CARROT = HOT DOG
Marinate it, and you can’t tell the difference.