You’ve been perusing recipes and finally found THE ONE you’ve been searching for. (Sometimes it can be as hard as finding THE ONE.) Problem is, the recipe needs to be vegan. Have no fear! We’ve put together our recipe-revamp cheat sheet that offers five easy substitutions to turn any recipe into a vegan or vegetarian one.
Instead of: Chicken or beef broth
Use: Vegetable or mushroom broth
Vegetable broth has a lighter flavor and works well in recipes that call for chicken broth. If you want the kind of heartier flavor you’d find in beef, turn to mushroom broth. As with any packaged broth, look for low-sodium varieties.
Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
Pacific Foods Organic Mushroom Broth
Instead of: Butter
Use: Coconut butter or soy margarine
Both of these alternatives are free of cholesterol. Coconut butter is rich in flavor, while soy margarine is milder. Use soy margarine in recipes where you don’t want the butter competing with other strong flavors.
Artisana Foods Coconut Butter
Earth Balance Soy Garden Buttery Spread
Instead of: Honey
Use: Agave or maple syrup
To make a recipe vegan, there can’t be honey in sight. Agave is sweeter than honey and has a thinner consistency. It blends nicely in hot bevvies like tea and coffee. If you opt for maple syrup, make sure you get the real deal. Look for “100% pure maple syrup” on the ingredient list.
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