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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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