Perfect Substitutions

There are so many easy ways to eat healthier and cruelty-free without forfeiting great taste or ease in preparation.

Here are just a few of my favorites:

instead of cow’s milk try almond milk, hazelnut milk (chocolate hazelnut milk is amazing), hemp milk, soy milk, rice milk. oat milk and my personal favorite 7 grain milk.  My favorite brand for most of these is Pacific.  Any one of these milks is perfect for drinking plain, and using in recipes.  Many of these are now available in supermarkets across the country.  So much better than drinking pus, antibiotics, hormones, and who knows what else.

instead of eggs when baking try fleggs.  Fleggs are made in seconds by mixing ground flax seed with water.  For every egg in a recipe, replace it with 1 T flax and 3 T water.  It’s best if you let the flax and water sit for about 5 minutes before using.  Is perfect for cakes, muffins, cookies – try it out with some of your recipes and you will see how easy it is!

instead of cheese try Daiya.  Daiya is made from pea protein and in my opinion is the best vegan cheese out there.  It tastes great and melts just like real cheese.  We love it on pizza, in paninis, for tofu parmesan, quesadillas, really just about anything.  Comes in shredded mozzarella, cheddar and other varieties.  We just started ordering pizza from our favorite restaurant and bringing them a bag of Daiya to put on our pie!!  Can’t beat that for ease!!

instead of beef try seitan.  This is made from vital wheat gluten and can be used just as beef in any recipe.  You can buy it at health food stores, or make your own. Click here for my basic seitan recipe.

instead of chicken try tempeh.  Tempeh is made from fermented soy and can be used in most recipes that call for chicken.  People say it is best if you steam it first for about 20 minutes to remove any bitter taste, but I never steam it and find it delicious.


13 thoughts on “Perfect Substitutions

    • hi…im in the uk so no Daiya…urghhhhh.. just wanted to know…for it 1 teaspoon or tablespoon…thanks…..just found your website and it’s fantastic xxx

      • Hi Colleen! It’s 1 Tablespoon ground flax and 3 Tablespoons water for fleggs.
        So sorry to hear you don’t have daiya – but hopefully it will get there soon. I recently tried to make my own cheese and while it tasted great on crackers, it did not melt well at all. That’s what makes daiya so great. But I will keep trying and promise to post the recipe if I get a good one! Thanks for liking my blog! 🙂

  1. Thanks Amy for the substitution ideas. I’ve not been able to find a satisfactory cheese substitute for pizza and just bought some Daiya….looking forward to trying it when I make my next pizza.

  2. I love Daiya shreds! Best vegan cheese there is …I have tried them all! What is your favorite vegan sour cream? or cream cheese? I have had many unsuccessful attempts! Thanks 🙂

  3. I love the recipes that you share. I am always looking for great cruelty free recipes and am happy to have found this site. Just to throw out something I have recently learned to maybe help anyone else dealing with the same issue. I have recently cut palm oil from my diet because the way they harvest it is terribly cruel to animals. Anyway I had to give up my earth balance butter because it has palm oil in it. So many recipes I had been simply substituting butter with earth balance and I was in despair. I started to experiment with different options and have found that in my baking recipes if i substitute the butter for Extra virgin olive oil it comes out just as good and taste no different. I use just slightly less than what is called for. If it calls for 1/3 cup I use a 1/4 and so on. It has worked great. Plus It works to make my grilled cheeses using Daiya of course. But EVOO cooks just like butter. And leaves a almost butter flavor. I use it in my mashed potatos and my macaroni. It has been a life savor. Hope this helps someone else.

    • Thanks Beth! I have recently become aware of the palm oil in earth balance too and I contacted them and they tried to tell me they source most of their palm oil from South America where there are no orangutans, but it was not 100%, so I have been using coconut oil instead. I will have to try olive oil in baking too. Thanks for caring so much about the animals!! 🙂

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