Milk ‘n Eggs

There’s nothing I loved more than waking up on the weekend and making breakfast.. It didn’t matter if it was French Toast, Pancakes, or 2 fried eggs with toast and turkey bacon. My weekend mornings have become a little different now. Some of my friends have asked about milk alternatives and what to do about eggs because they can’t live without them and sometimes I really crave it too… So here goes:

Milk Alternatives:

1.) Almond Milk- There are tons of different types and companies that make them… “Almond Breeze,” “Califica,” “Pacific,” “Silk” and you can get them sweetened, unsweetened, chocolate, vanilla, hint of honey… some that have cashewblend others that have a coconut blend. I enjoy “Silk” and “Pacific” almond milks myself and usually the unsweetened version.

2.) Coconut Milk- “SO Delicious” is my go to for coconut milk, lately I’ve been on a coconut kick not sure why but I just love the taste. This company is so good they even have Nog for the holidays! They also have amazing ice-cream choices if you need something sweet on these hot summer days.  http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/product_groups/dairy-free-beverages

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3.) “Forager”- I am a huge fan of their “cashewgurt” yogurt that’s obviously made with cashews and not milk. Just recently I discovered that they have “milk” now too! 4 different flavors, the unsweetened plain, chocolate, vanilla and original. I’m a fan of the vanilla and haven’t really tried any of the others because I’m not too into all that… I do have to suggest also trying their “yogurt” they are amazing! I put my sister-in-law on them and she can’t get enough of them either. You can find these at DeCicco’s in NY or some Stop & Shops as well. Mrs. Green’s sometimes carry them and lately they’ve been getting plenty of new vegan additions.   http://foragerproject.com/products/

Egg Alternative:

1.) NeatEgg- For my baker friends like myself this is a great product that replaces the eggs in the baking dishes. It’s made with chia seeds and garbanzo beans. Related image

2.) VeganEgg- I tried this not too long ago and actually really enjoyed it making it is super simple and at the same time kind of threw me off as I added water to the powder and cooked it… It’s made by “Follow Your Heart” company and totally plant based too. It’s Cholesterol-Free which was got me, it’s also GF, Allergen-Free, soy-free and Non-GMO. The “egg” is made from Algal but don’t worry it doesn’t have an algae taste to it.  http://followyourheart.com/buyveganegg/

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These are the only egg products I’ve tried and liked… I think it’s almost time to get cooking in my next entry. Stay tuned!

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“Meat Me in the Middle”

After emerssing myself fully into the Vegan lifestyle there was obviously something else missing… Meat! In my house we used to have some type of meat or chicken with vegetables and rice or something along those lines. We would either go out for wings or burgers. Thinking about it makes my mouth water. So, here are some suggestions that I found for a replacement to meat and chicken.

1.) Jack Fruit– This magical “fruit” that I’ve never ever seen before in my life and is enormous! This fruit here grows in South Asia which is another reason why I’ve never seen this before. The good thing is that if you have an Asian market around you can find this in fruit form or you can look for the jackfruit in can also. Jackfruit has the same texture as “pulled pork” which is why this little fruit has helped my husband with his pork fix. (Recipes to follow) sweet-jackfruit-pieces-today-stock-inline-170111_161effb635290b78dbc9fe142a9c1463.today-inline-large.jpg

 

2.) “Beyond Meat”- This company has many different “meat” and “chicken” products available. I’ve had the crumbles and can say it’s amazing! I had this when I wanted spaghetti with bolognese sauce and it tastes exactly the same as ground beef or better! The “Burger patties” are probably mine and my husbands’ favorite. They look exactly like regular burgers and offer lots of protein at the same time. If you love grilled chicken on your salad or on a sandwich they have differnt flavors of “chicken” and they’re all pretty darn good! http://beyondmeat.com/products

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3.) Tempeh: Which is a traditional soy product and It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form, similar to Tofu. It can take many different forms and flavors depending on how you cook it. It’s not the best thing to look at but it’s really yummy I think.

4.) Cauliflower- You can make cauliflower into anything really… I’ve made Beer battered cauliflower tacos and they were a hit I’ve even had Cauliflower General Tso’s for those nights I crave chinese food.

Now if you’re looking for Sausage and peppers type of deal I’d suggest using Field Roast, these are as close as you’re gonna get for a great sausage experience. My favorite is the Chipotle sausage because I’m a fan of spicy sausages. The Italian one is perfect for sausage and peppers. Field-Roast-Sausage-Links.jpg

If you’re looking for hotdogs they have them too as well as breakfast sausages if you’re into that kind of stuff.

My husband is a fanatic for ham and cheeses so I had to do some searching and taste testing for “deli slices” and here’s what I found:

Tofurky:  Just as the name suggests it’s made with tofu… This is something I was super hesitant about. I’m not a fan of tofu AT ALL… It looks gross and there’s something about the texture I just am not a lover of… unless it’s in a miso soup sometimes. However, when I was looking for something to substitute as deli meat I found this one and decided to give it the college try… and… It wasn’t bad AT ALL. There is the issue of the “look” of the deli slices but once you get over that then it’s really not that bad at all. They have different types too so it’s not just one boring slices. http://www.tofurky.com/what-we-make/deli-slices/smoked-ham/

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