Being vegan is easy! With so many delicious ingredients at your disposal you can create some awesomely delicious meals, but with a little know-how your food options can dramatically increase. Craving some cake or hungry for honey? We have chosen a few handy vegan food hacks to share with you so that you can take your mealtimes to the next level!
Vegan cheese and cream
These are ludicrously easy! To make a cream you can use in cakes and on treats, simply put some coconut milk in the fridge overnight. In the morning you’ll have a lovely, thick consistency perfect for desserts.
To make yourself a satisfying ‘cheese’ all you need is some cashews and water. Take 130g of cashews soaked in 700ml of water for an hour. After draining, add lemon juice (10ml) and seasoning (just a touch of salt and pepper) before pulsing the lot until smooth. Add in the water and give it another whirl – job done!
If you’re a fan of mayonnaise and have been looking for that perfect substitute, then hummus is your best buddy. With a smooth texture it makes for a perfect spread to prevent your sarnies from being too dry and brings its own tangy flavour into the mix.
Be smart with apps
There are a whole bunch of smartphone apps out there to make your vegan life easier. One of our favourites is ‘Happy Cow’ which takes your location and shows you all of the nearby vegan and vegan-friendly eating places – handy for when you’re out and about! Another one we recommend is ‘Is It Vegan’ which lets you scan supermarket items into your phone before listing the ingredients and letting you know if it goes in the basket or back on the shelf.
Avocados as butter!
Avocados are a vegan’s staple – and for good reason too! They contain a whole bunch of awesome nutrition including good fats and protein, as well as being super-versatile. Whether you’re using them to spread on crunchy wholegrain toast or as an ingredient in baking, avocado has you covered. Just bear in mind that avocado does have its own flavour so make sure it will compliment your dish’s own ingredients.
Keeping your veggies fresh
With a plant-based diet you’re going to want to keep your veggies as fresh as possible. Here are a few things you can try:
- When preparing a salad, tear the leaves instead of cutting them. This is because they will break along their natural veins, meaning the water inside won’t be lost.
- If you’re using half an onion, use the top half as the side with the root will last longer.
- If your lettuce has wilted, simply add some lemon juice to a bowl of cold water and leave to soak in the fridge for an hour.
Tofu is tops
Every vegan knows that tofu is one of the most nutritious and versatile ingredients in their arsenal. Made from soybeans, it is a great source of protein and is often used to create meat and cheese alternatives. You can make anything from burgers and sausages through to scrambles and salads. It packs a great nutritional punch as well, with 8g of protein and 36% of your calcium RDA per 100g.