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30 Ingredient Substitutes

30 Ingredient Substitutes
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If you’re Vegan it can be hard to find tasty substitutes for meat, milk, or cheese. Luckily, I’ve been living this Vegan life for a long time, so I’ve learned a lot of tricks that remix your favorite dishes without using animal products. Scroll through and let me know what you think or comment below with your alternatives.

1. Tofu or Tempeh: Substitute for meat in most recipes, such as stir-fries or sandwiches.


2. Seitan: Known as “wheat meat,” it’s a high-protein meat substitute.


3. Jackfruit: A great substitute for pulled pork or shredded chicken.


4. Mushrooms: Use portobello mushrooms for a meaty texture in burgers or stews.


5. Eggplant: Can replace meat in dishes like eggplant Parmesan or moussaka.


6. Cauliflower: Make cauliflower steaks or use it in place of chicken in buffalo cauliflower


7. Legumes: Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are versatile sources of plant-based protein.


8. Nutritional Yeast: Provides a cheesy flavor and extra protein for vegan dishes.

Nutritional Yeast

9. Cashews: Blend them to make creamy sauces or vegan cheese.


10. Coconut Milk: A dairy-free alternative for creamy soups and curries.

Coconut Milk

11. Almond Milk: A versatile milk substitute for cooking and baking.

Almond Milk

12. Nut Butters: Peanut, almond, or cashew butter can add richness to sauces and dressings.

Nut Butters

13. Chia Seeds: Create a gel-like texture in place of eggs for baking.

Chia Seeds

14. Flax Seeds: Another egg substitute when mixed with water.

Flax Seeds

15. Agar-Agar: A vegan gelatin alternative for setting desserts.


16. Aquafaba: The liquid from canned chickpeas is great for whipping up into meringue or binding in baking.


17. Plant-Based Oils: Coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil are alternatives to butter.

Plant-Based Oils

18. Plant-Based Yogurt: Use soy or almond yogurt in place of dairy yogurt.

Plant-Based Yogurt

19. Kelp Flakes: A seafood substitute in dishes like vegan sushi or seafood stews.

Kelp Flakes

20. Vegetable Broth: Replace meat broth or stock in recipes.

Vegetable Broth

21. Tamari: A vegan alternative to regular soy sauce.


22. Date Paste: A natural sweetener in place of sugar or honey in recipes.

Date Paste

23. Maple Syrup: A substitute for honey in recipes.

Maple Syrup

24. Agave Nectar: Another sweetener in place of honey.

Agave Nectar

25. Tahini: A creamy sesame paste often used in dressings and sauces.


26. Vegan Cheese: Available in various flavors and textures.

Vegan Cheese

27. Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles): Substitute for pasta in dishes.

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

28. Coconut Cream: A thicker version of coconut milk for rich sauces and desserts.

Coconut Cream

29. Soy or Almond Milk Ice Cream: For a dairy-free dessert option.

Soy or Almond Milk Ice Cream

30. Plant-Based Sausages and Burgers: Available in many flavors, these can replace meat in various dishes.

Plant-Based Sausages and Burgers

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