Vegan food hacks
The inspiration for this post can from a thread on the vegan food UK FaceBook group
Whoever said to fry quorn vegan ham slices as a bacon replacement is a genius , as is the person who said they heat up alpo soy chocolate milk to make a hot chocolate both these things I’ve tried this week and now I’m wondering if there are any other vegan food hacks I can try? I know about the can of pop in Betty crocker cake mix and adding black salt to tofu scramble but there must be loads more! Please let me know!
And thats just what happened. So here’s some of the best, quickest or simplest hacks
Mix mint sauce (or chopped fresh mint and lemon juice) with alpro soy cream or alpro ‘Go on’ plain protein yoghurt. You get raita! Which you can dip poppadoms into
Mix vegan cheese with a tiny bit of plant milk, salt and Engevita nutritional yeast (also known as notch). It melts well and makes yummy cheese on toast
Defrost Linda McCartney sausages, cut each sausage into 5 pieces, hand roll them into balls and then bake them on an oiled tray for about 15 mins (180oC) and they make great meatballs!
Linda McCartney sausages can be microwaved. 2 for two and a half minutes. Cooks them perfectly for a quick sausage sarni
Mix a bit of mellow white miso into your ‘cheese’ sauces as well as some nooch (also known as nutritional yeast) it makes it taste extra cheesy!
Coat pieces of tofu in corn flour or gram flour before baking or frying and it will make it nice and crispy. You can add some smoked paprika or curry powder to make it a bit spicy
Add black pepper and a pinch cayenne pepper to this seasoning and coat sausages, burgers tofu or vegetables before roasting
Roll sainsbury’ shroomdogs or other vegan sausages in ready roll puff pastry for tasty sausage rolls! Skinless shroomdogs can also be squished into sausage patties and used to replace sausage meat in stuffing!
Remove the skin from Shroomdogs, mix with fried onions and minced mushrooms, soak dried cranberries in juice and zest of one orange, blitz vacuum pack of chestnuts, generous spoonful of miso or marmite, handful of toasted pine nuts. Mix all together, season and add tsp allspice. Then wrap in puff pastry. Delicious festive mains
Baked beans and nutritional yeast for cheesy beans
Mint sauce, a tin of mushy peas and some extra water. Heat in a pan, hey presto pea and mint soup
Spread marmite onto puff pastry then grate any vegan cheese on. Roll up into a log sausage shape then slice into pin wheels. Bake in a hot oven (200oC). The marmite will bring out the taste of the cheese. They taste and look amazing.
Fry mushrooms add either diced vegan bacon or vegan ham. Add a carton of soya cream and a tub of vegan cream cheese. Herbs and spices to required taste. Boil spaghetti pasta. When pasta cooked mix into the sauce to coat it then serve….. vegan cabonara or if you don’t want pasta serve on jacket potatoes
Freeze tofu… It completely changes the texture, and it will soak up flavours like a sponge in stews, or can be deep fried, baked or sauted
Don’t throw away your peelings (potato, carrots, parsnips, sweet potato). Make a dry rub (½ teaspoon coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and pinch chill flakes). Mix the peelings in to the rub, spread out on to an oiled tray and bake (180oC) for 15-20 mins until crisp. Goes down well with mayo
Add lemon juice to soya milk and leave for ten minutes to curdle. Whisk into self raising flour for the best pancake batter.
Fry rice based spring roll wrappers to make prawn less crackers. If you don’t want to go to that effort Tesco Thai crackers are similar to prawn crackers and they are vegan
If you used to like ham and cheese toasties with mature cheddar, use the Asda free from mature cheddar and Tofurkey slices. #Boom!
Silken tofu hacks:
Blend and add SR flour, roll out and griddle for a nan or use as a pizza base.
Blend, add sweetener and vanilla essence as a healthy topping for trifle
Silken tofu, dessert spoonful of French Mustard and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice – vegan mayo Silken tofu, ripe banana strawberries and oat milk whisked together – makes a really thick and nutritious shake
Choc shots come 3 flavours. Fatly & choc shot is like horlicks like. iced with Coconut milk and its like bounty. Squirt some on plain biscuits/rice cakes, or over some fresh fruit, ice-cream
Big dollop of mayo ( vegan Hellman’s or vegenaise) mixed with equal amounts of ketchup and American mustard (to taste) then add finely chopped onion and gherkins and you’ve got yourself vegan Big Mac sauce
A quick dessert – Banana, crushed digestives or ginger biscuits and alpo caramel dessert mixed together. Tastes like banoffee pie
With a bit of effort you can make a ‘dippy’ egg – see the ‘How to’ video below
Blitzed mushrooms in a food processor for mushroom mince. Just add savoury flavourings. an be added to cottage pie made with puy lentils and lots of veggies. Add nutritional yeast to the mash for a cheesy taste and additional B12
Mix leftover betty crocker white icing with plant milk for White Hot Chocolate
Wholemeal tortilla wraps make a nice pizza base – tinned tomatoes, herbs and free from mozzarella style cheese then pop in the oven for 15 minutes
Agave nectar with pure cocoa or cacao powder makes a nice chocolate sauce
Mash chickpeas or soybeans roughly with a fork, or pulse in a food processor. Add garlic, mustard and plant based yoghurt. Can be used as a replacement for tuna in a sandwich, salad or on a baked potato
Add Liquid smoke to everything; stir fry, carbonara, baked beans, chilli, sausages. it’s so good!
Co-ops ready rolled pizza dough is outstanding. One happy customer believes they are yet to find a better one, shop bought or restaurant. Add the sauce, cheese and most toppings first and bake together. let any fake meats thaw first just so everything cooks together. Then add spinach and basil close to the end
Rectangle of pastry, one slice of cheese, few spoons of beans, fold and freeze. You’ll have Greggs style cheesy bean pastries for a quick 10 min breakfast/ snack
This is just some of the vegan food hacks that my fellow vegans have up their sleeves. More in the coming months!