I'd like your opinions on the best vegan alternatives for certain foods. I'm thinking in terms of people who would go veg, but say they can't imagine not eating [fill in the blank]. Like butter on corn on the cob, or sour cream on a baked potato, or yogurt, or whatever! What are your personal favorite brands/varieties of vegan alternatives for the following?:
Creamer (for coffee)
Cheese (like cheddar, something for a dish like macaroni and cheese)
I agree with Sherry, but Daiya shredded mozzarella should be added to the list. Veganaise is great. After they had it at my house, my parents (who are not vegan) started only useing veganaise now instead of mayonnaise.
Sherry listed some good ones. I never tried replacements fro tsome of that stuff, so I can't add too much. Maybe add Tofutti Sour Cream; So Delicious Coconut Creamer (I don't drink coffee anymore, but this stuff is more like dairy creamer); Almond, coconut, or rice milk; Daiya cheese, or for things like mac and cheese there are some great cheese recipes out there using nutritional yeast; tofu scramble - add tumeric to make the tofu yellow.
Butter/margarine - Earth Balance (organic or soyfree)
Milk - Trader Joes organic rice milk
Creamer (for coffee) - I don't drink coffee, but I would probably use something by Silk
Cheese (like cheddar, something for a dish like macaroni and cheese) - Daiya cheddar style
Cheese (like mozzarella, something for pizza) Daiya mozzarella style
Cheese (like cream cheese, on a bagel) - Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
Eggs (for direct eating, like scrambled) - I still can't make a decent tofu scramble or salad to save my life, but most people have good results following the recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance. I hear that black salt really helps give tofu an eggy taste.
Eggs (for cooking/baking) EnerG egg replacer
Yogurt - Whole Soy & Co is really yummy. My pet rats love it too!!!
For Tofu Scramble this is what I do, and sorry I don't have measurements.
Rinse, drain, and press tofu (not long I usually only press it while cutting up the other items).
Chop appox. 1/2 onion, and slice about 4oz mushrooms.
Sautee a small amount of minced garlic and the onion in olive oil in large frying pan. Add tofu, crumbling as you add it. Cook another approx. 5 min., spritz the mixture with Bragg's liquid aminos and sprinkle on about 1-2TBS nutritional yeast flakes (adds yellow color and vitamin b12), sautee another minute. Next add in mushroom and cook until mushrooms are tender. Then I just add some fresh ground black pepper. Yum, eat and enjoy.
Sometimes if mixture starts to become to dry during cooking I will add about 1TBS water or another dash of oil.
THANKS for the great replies! You're all just amazing.
I was never a fan of sour cream on baked potatoes, so NOT putting sour cream on my baked potatoes wasn't a big deal--and in all these years I have not tried any sour cream substitutes. I've actually known people who've said they just cannot imagine eating a baked potato without sour cream on it, so it got me thinking I should ask for ideas!
Sherry, your recipe for Tofu Scramble sounds great. Thank you so much for taking the time to post it.
I LOVE Silk Very Vanilla soy milk for drinking and for cold cereal. However, I tried Silk yogurt once...and let's just say I'm not a fan! So it's good to hear other suggestions.
Sour cream - Same, but if I'm making a dip, I have used Tofutti twice before and people enjoyed it. I don't like "real" sour cream, so I can't honestly say
Butter/margarine - Usually can use olive oil as a sub.
Milk - rarely use "milk" but I usually use rice
Creamer (for coffee) - Never used it
Cheese (like cheddar, something for a dish like macaroni and cheese) - I have my own recipe for a cheese sauce on my blog that is easy and delicious (http://veganrockergirl.blogspot.com)
Cheese (like mozzarella, something for pizza) - I REALLY try to avoid processed stuff (as you can probably tell!) But Galaxy's rice vegan is amazing. Not all Galaxy products are vegan, but the vegan ones say "VEGAN" in huge letters across the front.
Cheese (like cream cheese, on a bagel) - I prefer hummus on my bagel!
Eggs (for direct eating, like scrambled) _??Allergic to real eggs, so I never needed a "substitute"
Eggs (for cooking/baking) - I use bananas for baking instead of eggs
Yogurt - ???
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