Looking to take your cooking game to the next level? Look no further than the following vegetarian food hacks that will keep your food delicious and have everyone coming back for seconds! There’s no need to envy your meat-eating friends and family when you’ve equipped yourself with the best tips and tricks. Every vegetarian or vegan can keep enjoying meals from an omnivore past, with a few additions or subtractions to keep dishes kind to the body as well as kind to animals.

Hoping to cut out eggs?

Half of a mashed banana or 3 tablespoons of aquafaba (the liquid from a can of legumes, I like to use chickpeas) can be used as an egg replacement in recipes. Aquafaba can even be used to make meringues!

Vegetables on cutting board

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Looking to replace butter?

Try equal amounts of pumpkin or avocado to keep the creaminess and let go of the unhealthy fats. Avocado can also be spread on toast in the morning instead of butter, for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

The Applesauce Miracle

Applesauce can be your go to for all of the above, as it can replace oil, butter, and eggs! Although portions change from recipe to recipe, the general rule of thumb is:

  • 1/4 cup applesauce equals 1 egg
  • 1 cup appleseauce equals 1 cup of oil
  • 1 cup applesauce equals 1 cup of butter

The Secret to Fresh Salad

Store salads in a mason jar with dressings at the bottom and greens at the top to for a quick, transportable meal with no soggy lettuce. Try adding dried fruits, chia, flax, or hemp seeds for an extra bit of flavor.

mason jar salad

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The Ultimate Herb Hack

Bought fresh herbs or your garden is growing too fast for you to use everything? Chop up the herbs and place in an ice cube tray, cover with olive oil and freeze to make perfect meal starters. Try mixing and matching different seasonings and spices for a flavorful blend.

Alternative to Mayo

Replace mayonnaise with hummus to up the health and protein factor! Try this on sandwiches and in salads. For an extra boost of flavor, try hummus with added garlic, red pepper, or even black beans.

Tofu Texture

Freeze and thaw tofu to improve the texture. Tofu forms ice crystals when freezing which results in a chewier, spongier, firmer, and all around better texture.

Seasoned Tofu

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Craving ice cream?

…but trying to keep your diet nutritious? Blend a frozen banana, cocoa powder, and peanut butter for a delicious chocolatey alternative.

Missing chicken?

Missing buffalo or orange chicken? Try replicating the dish with cauliflower! Simply batter, bake, and cover with your favorite sauce for a significantly healthier and just as delicious option.

Raw Cashews

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Cashing in on Cashews

Cashews are vegan magic. Keep raw cashews on hand, soak overnight, and blend in the food processor for a creamy base that can act as a starter for anything from vegan sour cream to vegan cream pies.

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