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Make life easier with these vegan food hacks!

veganuary hacks

Whilst there still might be tons of delicious fruits and vegetables at your disposal, by using just a little inside knowledge you can open up a whole new world of tasty treats – putting many things you thought you couldn’t eat firmly back on the menu. Don’t worry, once you get to grips with these vegan food hacks the world is your oyster! Well… vegan oyster. 

Butter up using avocados

Avocados are great diced in salads or spread on warm crunchy toast but did you ever think about using them in cooking too? Ditch the butter needed for baking and puddings and instead use a ripe avocado! Be aware that avocado has a distinctive taste, so be careful when you do use it to ensure your dessert will complement the flavor!

Vegan whipped cream and cheese

What’s better than vegan cake? Vegan cake with vegan whipped cream of course! By refrigerating coconut milk overnight it’ll be the perfect consistency to whip up and pile on top of a dessert.

Vegan cheese is widely available in grocery stores, but if you want to keep things as fresh as possible then why not try out this tasty recipe, all you need is:

  • 1 cup cashews (130g) soaked in 3 cups (709 ml) of water for over 1 hour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (10ml)
  • ½ tsp salt (3g)
  • Black pepper, to your taste
  • ¼ cup of water (60ml)

Be ‘appy!

Let technology help you out! There are a whole bunch of vegan friendly apps, but a couple get an honorary mention from us. If you’re out and about ‘Happy Cow’ is a great vegan-friendly restaurant guide, meaning you can easily find somewhere suitable to eat. Ever been a little unsure about whether or not a product is vegan friendly? With ‘Is It Vegan’ you can scan the product’s barcode using your phone and you can get a full list of the ingredients to see if you can eat it.

Awesome vegan sandwich spread

Worried about losing your much loved mayonnaise? You shouldn’t! Hummus is a perfect substitute with a great smooth, tangy texture – not to mention all the delicious flavors you can get. Why not try roasted red bell pepper or a nutty pesto!

Getting the most flavor and freshness from your veggies

With a plant-based diet it’s even more crucial to keep your vegetables in the best shape. Here are some tips:

  • Keep salad fresh by tearing the leaves as opposed to cutting them with a knife; lettuce will naturally tear along its veins, allowing it to retain water and therefore freshness!
  • Don’t lose out on half an onion after cooking! Keep the root half and it will last for far longer.
  • If you want to put a spring of life back into some wilted lettuce add it to a bowl of cold water and lemon juice and leave in the refrigerator for an hour.

Tofu is your friend

An all-time vegan and vegetarian classic, tofu is an awesome meat substitute made from healthy soybeans. Made into a white block, it’s a perfect replacement for feta cheese in a salad or can even be seasoned with Cajun spices and added to a BBQ skewer! Still undecided? The nutritional content will have you sold - In ½ cup of tofu there is 10 grams of protein and it meets 25% of the daily recommended intake of calcium – a real superfood!