Swap Out Substitutes for an Easy Vegan Transition

If I am really going to try to live a life of a plant-based diet, I am going to need substitutes or other food to swap into my recipes!

It's hard to just give up what might seem like everything we love to eat. That got me thinking: What if instead of giving it up, we were just able to swap out ingredients and make most of our meals plant-based and healthier?
Sounds easy, but we gotta know what to substitute!

I have been reading a lot of plant-based or nearly meatless diet and recipe books and I have come across a lot that just suggest giving up all that we do eat now for a new diet and that can be really daunting and hard.
We are raised with so many recipes and traditions we adore and I just don't want to have to stop creating the food we love because we have to omit meat. We can swap it out with other foods and get nearly the same texture, but with much better health benefits.
It's that texture we don't want to give up that makes it hard for me to give up meat, for right now.... I can tell I will be really giving it up soon - within the next few months. All that I read about having a plant-based diet is positive. And, I believe in trying more things that are positive, or at least create a positive change for others or you.

The Vegan Cookbook for Beginners is a wonderful book - it clearly explains the transition into Veganism with health benefits, how to change your diet, how to eat out, recipes and even a Vegan Meal Plan for 2-weeks.

It's mostly recipes, but the beginning of the book has wonderful information for anyone that is - you guessed it by the title of the book - a Vegan Beginner!
Although the book has no Author (It's WEIRD! HOW COULD THIS BE??), I still trust it... Is it because it's published? IDK!

The Book's Substitute Suggestions:

The Egg Substitute suggestions below are KEY! I know I can't give up cookies and maybe making them with unsweetened applesauce or a banana will make them have the same texture..? I don't know yet, but I am willing to try it out!
Egg Substitutes (Equal to One Egg): 
- 1/4 Cup Soft Tofu (Blended with liquid ingredients)
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch (+3 Tablespoons Water)
- 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed (+3 Tablespoons Water, blended)
- 1 Tablespoon Whole Flaxseeds  (+4 Tablespoons Water, blended)
- 1 Small Banana Mashed  (+1/4 teaspoon baking powder, mixed)
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

Meat Substitutes: Seitan, Beans, Tofu, Tempeh, Broccoli, and (OBV!) Vegan Meatless Products. 

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Have you tried any of these suggestions? Do you have any swap suggestions of your own? Let me know in the comments below!

Vegan Recipe: I love cooking in my slow cooker and simply putting in my favorite veggies with my favorite pasta sauce on low heat for several hours results in moist, tender veggies steeped in flavor. It's so easy. Give it a try and let me know what veggies you used in the comments below!

Next blog, we will tackle either plant-based meal plans that meet the Daily Dozen goals or vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants and how to easily find them!

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