No Feet Please

At least once a year a friend approaches me about vegan everyday foods that mimic non-vegan options. Over the years the possibilities have grown and yet many options still taste like feet. I LOVE trying new foods and will share reviews of foods I find that taste good. In the meantime, here are several staples that are often easily found in grocery stores and health food stores.

Diaya cheeses: There are several shredded and block flavors. The best shredded flavors are mozzarella and Pepper Jack. The block cheeses are good too and I have not tried one I didn’t like.

Vegan Gourmet block cheeses: These are also tasty, especially the mozzarella.

Parma! Vegan Parmesan: Made from walnuts, this is wonderful on Italian food, salads, and popcorn.

Tofutti Sour Cream: Not as sour as traditional sour cream, but I find to be delicious. Seek out the non-hydrogenated option.

Tofutti Cream Cheese: The best tasting cream cheese alternative out there. Seek out the non-butterfat option.

Silk Milk: Again, I have not tried one I didn’t like. There is some controversy over the sourcing of their soy and the Trader Joe’s soy and almond milks are just as good.

Baking Powder: Use 1 1/2 tsp to 2 TBSP of water for every egg needed in a recipe. If you need more than two eggs, try a different substitute such as banana or soy.

Yogurt: There are several delicious vegan yogurts. Generally the plain is not tasty by itself and the fruit ones are high in sugar, so be aware of how much you are eating.

Tofurkey: This brand makes deli slices and sausages that are wonderful for sandwiches and soups.

Boca: Crumbles are an easy way to add a meaty texture to dishes.

Again, I encourage trying new things, but don’t be discouraged if something beyond this list tastes like feet. Not everyone likes every cow-milk cheese, so it makes sense that not everyone will like all the cheese alternatives available.

Written by Deanna Meyler, PhD

Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator. Sharing an everyday approach to being vegan.

3 comments

  1. Another alternative to the crumbles is bulgar wheat. It gives a meaty texture, but without all the sodium and processing that comes with the boca. Thanks for these other tips! Love your blog, by the way 🙂

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