Simple Vegan Food Swaps

Simple Vegan Food Swaps

On a regular day, it can be annoying to realize you’re out of a key ingredient for the meal you’re making. But during quarantine? It’s even tougher! No one should be running to the store last minute for one item and, even if you do, chances of finding basic ingredients may be slim. But, you may be able to make it through with a few simple swaps – maybe you have these substitutions on hand!

With the help of the Food Substitutions Bible and our knowledge of veganism, we’ve created this list of simple vegan food swaps for when you’re in a pinch. The swaps won’t perfectly match the original ingredients – in some instances, they’re as close as it gets. But either way, they’re close enough to pull the meal or dish together and you may even find a swap you prefer to the original!

Butter

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When cooking, any oil or margarine will do.

When baking, use margarine or coconut oil (the kind that solidifies). With recipes that require you “cut” the butter in (like biscuits or croissants), try and use hard, frozen margarine for the best results.

If you have part of the margarine or coconut oil needed for a baked recipe, sub the rest with applesauce.

Eggs

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Replace each egg in a baking recipe with:

  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 pureed banana (frozen works fine)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds + 3 tablespoons water (let it sit until the flax absorbs the water)
  • 1 tabelspoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water (let it sit until the chia absorbs the water)
  • 1/4 cup blended silken tofu
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 can carbonated beverage (for cakes – replaces the eggs and oil!)

Sour Cream

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Sub each cup with:

  • 1 cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1/3 cup melted margarine or coconut oil + 3/4 cup non-dairy milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice (for baking)

Other Dairy Products

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  • 1 cup half & half = 1 cup non-dairy milk (thicker the better – i.e., full fat coconut milk works better than almond milk) + 1 tablespoon melted margarine or coconut oil
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream = 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk (other non-dairy milks will do, the thicker milk just works better) + 1/3 cup melted margarine or coconut oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup non-dairy milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar (let it sit until it starts to look “curdled,” ~5 minutes)

Garlic

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Replace each fresh clove with:

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (omit 1/2 teaspoon salt from the recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced shallots

Onions

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For each onion, use:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped leeks, green onions or scallions (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions

Lemon

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Replace each tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 1/2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, or champagne vinegar.

Sub 1 teaspoon of lemon zest with 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract.

Fresh Herbs

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Sub 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped herbs with:

  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground or powdered herbs

Breadcrumbs

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Sub each cup with:

  • 3 to 4 slices of bread (dried in the oven and crushed in a food processor)
  • 3/4 cup vegan cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla (dried slightly in the oven)
  • 1 cup potato chips, crushed
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes

Sugar

Replace 1 cup granulated sugar with:

  • 1 3/4 cup unsifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (minus 2 tablespoons) agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup + 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (reduce the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons and lower oven the temperature by 25°F).

Replace 1 cup dark brown sugar with:

  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar + 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 to 3 tablespoons molasses

Replace 1 cup light brown sugar with:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 to 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar + 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Replace 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon cornstarch, processed in a food processor

Flour

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Replace 1 cup all-purpose flour with:

  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (omit baking powder + salt from the recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry breadcrumbs, finely ground

Replace 1 cup of cake flour with:

  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1 cup (minus 3 tablespoons) all-purpose flour + 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Replace 1 cup pastry flour with:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour + 1/3 cup cake flour

Replace 1 cup self-rising flour with:

Tomatoes

Replace 1 pound of fresh tomatoes with:

  • 1 1/2 cups canned whole tomatoes
  • 6 to 8 sun-dried tomato halves (soaked in hot water)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (you may need to add liquid)

Vegan “Wine Floats” Are A Thing And They’re Perfect For Quarantine

Vegan “Wine Floats” Are A Thing And They’re Perfect For Quarantine

We could all use a little something-something to brighten these days of self-isolation and coronavirus quarantine. Not only may many of us feel stressed or agitated about money, loved ones, summer plans, or the state of the world, but also we’re feeling a little bored. Being confined to a house for weeks (or months?!) on end sounds grueling.

Thankfully, there’s a lot to do to pass the time. Board games, baking, cooking, learning new skills, deep cleaning, staring at the wall, and trying every DIY craft available are just a few ideas. But, once you’ve completed all that, you may be left wondering, “what else is there to do?”

In quarantine, every hour is happy hour. All you’ll need is two simple ingredients: wine and non-dairy ice cream. A delicious cocktail is in your future and it’s called a wine float.

The directions are equally simple: add a few scoops of non-dairy ice cream to a glass. Pour wine over the ice cream, similar to the way you’d make a root beer float. The resulting cocktail is creamy, tangy, decadent, and absolutely delicious.

It’s so simple, you could whip it up any time and any day 🙂

The trend actually started with wine and dairy-based ice cream, but the vegan version is even better! The trend is growing on Instagram, if you want to share your creation #winefloat and #veganwinefloat – And check out these wine floats for inspiration!

Did you know White Claw finally released lemon flavor? Read about it here!

Get Pampered At This Harry Potter-Themed Day Spa

Get Pampered At This Harry Potter-Themed Day Spa

Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter while enjoying a pampering at this harry potter-themed day spa. The Wand & Willow Day Spa in Murfreesboro, Tennessee advertises “tranquility with a hint of magic.”

Each room in the Wand & Willow is decorated with subtle Harry Potter decor, like bowtruckles, nifflers, and owls.

According to SimpleMost, the owner of the spa, Wendy Piedad, said, “It was very important for me to not have it be gimmicky or hit you in the face when you walk in like you’re in a retail store. I wanted it to be soothing and something that would cater to both Harry Potter fans and non-Harry Potter fans alike.”

Piedad shared that over half her customers come because of their love for Harry Potter and leave feeling refreshed and more in tune with themselves.

“A lot of the die-hard Harry Potter fans will come decked out in Harry Potter clothes or their house crests’ colors,” she said.

You can take a virtual tour of her Harry Potter-themed day spa in this video: