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Top 10 vegan alternatives

By using Chloe’s favourite vegan ingredients, you’ll never miss the meat, eggs, butter, or cream.

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As a new face of vegan cooking, Chloe Coscarelli, author of the hot new vegan cookbook Chloe’s Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way, is dispelling the myth that animal-free cooking is bland, visually unappetizing and full of sprouts!  Here are 10 of her must-have vegan alternatives:

1. Vinegar
Vinegar is a great egg replacement especially for cakes. When combined with baking soda, vinegar acts as a binding agent and creates a moist texture.

2. Cashews
Blending raw cashews with water is a perfect cream alternative for savory dishes like fettuccine alfredo.

3. Coconut Milk
Canned coconut milk is nature’s substitute for sweet heavy cream! Chocolate mousse, ganache, and whipped cream can all be made vegan with this simple replacement.

4. Mushrooms
Crimini, Shiitake, Portobello, and Oyster mushrooms all have a juicy hearty texture that is perfect for replacing meat. Ground into veggie burgers or charred on the grill, mushrooms are a succulent substitution for meat in any form.

5. Dark Chocolate
Pure dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and is a great milk chocolate replacement for non-dairy desserts.

6. Avocados
This nutrient-dense fruit can add a creamy body and boost of flavor to almost anything. Avocados can be added to pesto sauce as a substitute for cheese or whipped up as a spread for sandwiches.

7. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is high in protein and B vitamins. Its natural flavor and yellow coloring make it a great substitute for cheese.

8. Tofu
Tofu can be sliced, diced, or cubed to achieve a meaty consistency. For best results, freeze a package of tofu, and then defrost in the refrigerator overnight.

9. Non-dairy milk
Soy, Almond, and Rice milk are fabulous alternatives to dairy milk. They are lower in fat and can be used interchangeably in any recipe, from milkshakes to creamy soups.

10. Almond Butter
Almond butter has a mild taste and is a great source of protein and fiber. It adds a thick, velvety texture to smoothies or shakes. For nut allergies, try hemp butter.

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