Non-vegan things that you can buy in vegan form
- Ice cream (Favourite: Swedish Glace. Also see Ben & Jerry)
- Sausages (Favourite: Linda McCartney Original)
- Cheese (Favourites: Sainsbury’s Cheddar, Cheddar with Caramelized Onion, Soft Cheese)
- Haggis (Favourite: McSween’s)
- Beef strips (Favourite: Fry’s)
- Beer, wine and cider: Go to Barnivore to check specific brands. Calm doon, spirits are vegan. What makes booze not vegan? It gets filtered through the bladders of fish. Boke.
Vegan stuff that’s no a fruit, vegetable, grain or a bean
- Crisps (most)
- Tortilla chips
- Almost all bread — regular loaves, pitas, flatbread, wraps…
- Oreos (aye really)
- Cereal (most)
- Ginger nuts
- Peanut butter
- Oven chips, yasss
- Potato wedges
- All nuts
- Dark chocolate
- All spirits — rum, gin, vodka…
- Almost all baking ingredients — flour, sugar, oil, golden syrup, aw that stuff
Easy vegan switches
First off: Use non-dairy milk instead of cow milk — it’s in the same part of the supermarket! How easy is that?! There’s loads of different kinds — soya, rice, oat, cashew, hazelnut, and so on — as well as different brands, so check out a few and see whit ye like. I use Oatly because I eat loads of porridge.
Shortening: Coconut oil, unflavoured.
Mince / ground beef: Bulgur wheat.
Tofu: Comes in two main types: firm and silken. They are very different! Firm tofu is a solid block, which is generally cut up and added to a dish. Silken tofu is very soft, and is generally blended up into a thick liquid to make things like salad dressing or mousse.
Tempeh: Made from soya beans like tofu, but has been fermented. Can be sliced up and fried, normally after marinating. Apparently it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it foods, which I find surprising because I think it’s amazing.
Seitan: A versatile meat substitute, made from wheat gluten. Lends its name to hallowed fast food place Temple of Seitan.
Nutritional yeast: Great ingredient, unfortunate name. It comes in soft flakes, like sea salt, and gives food a cheesy, savoury taste. I use it in things like cheese sauce (doy), sprinkled on veg just before serving, and in mash.
Non-vegan specific info
1 TBs = 3 tsps
1/8 cup = 2 TBs
1/4 cup = 4 TBs
1/2 cup = 120ml
1 cup = 240ml
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