You can still enjoy your non-vegan recipes! There are so many alternatives you won’t miss anything from your old diet. It is simple and easy to use vegan substitutes.
Milk: The best milk substitute for baking is soy milk or almond milk. 1 c. soy or almond milk = 1 c. dairy milk. You can find vanilla, chocolate and plain dairy-free milks. Other milks include hemp, rice, oat and coconut milks. Brands include Silk, So Delicious and Rice Dream.
Buttermilk: 1 c. buttermilk = 1 c. soymilk + 2 tbsp. lemon juice (allow to sit for 5 minutes) OR 1 c. buttermilk = 1/2 c. vegan sour cream mixed with 1/2 c. water
Eggs: 1 egg = 1/4 c. applesauce, 1/4 c. pureed banana, 1/4 c. squash, or 1/4 c. pumpkin. This will work for binding. Note that they will add some flavor, which may or may not be desirable depending on the recipe. I use bananas instead of eggs for french toast. Mashed tofu is a nice alternative to scrambled eggs. You can also buy a vegan egg substitute (EnerG egg replacer).Here are some other options: 1 egg = 1 tbsp. ground flax seed simmered in 3 tbsp. water OR 1 egg = 2 tbsp. water + 1 tbsp. oil +2 tsp. baking powder
Sugar: Many vegans do not eat sugar since some sugar is refined using bone char from animals. Alternatives include Stevia, organic sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, brown rice syrup and date sugar.
Honey: Vegans don’t eat honey because it comes from an animal. Some good substitutions include agave syrup, maple syrup, or date syrup.
You can find dairy free butter (Earth Balance or Spectrum brand), vegan cream cheese (Tofutti), vegan sour cream (Tofutti), mayonnaise (Follow Your Heart), yogurt (So Delicious, Silk), vegan cake and brownie mixes, vegan cheese (Daiya, Galaxy Foods, Vegan Gourmet), vegan chocolate bars, chocolate chips (Enjoy Life, SunSpire), vegan cookies (Newman O’s), and ice cream (Tofutti, Turtle Mountain, Taste the Dream, Ben & Jerry’s, So Delicious).
Vegan substitutions for Meat
You can find vegan bacon (Yves, Lightlife), beef jerky, deli meats (Tofurky, Yves), ground beef (Yves, Lightlife, Gardein), hamburgers (Boca, Amy’s, Gardein), hot dogs, (Smart Dogs, Tofurky, Lightlife, Yves), pepperoni (Yves, Lightlife), sausage (Lightlife, Tofurky, Yves), pizza (Toffuti, Amy’s), meat dinners (Gardein), and whole “turkeys” (Tofurky).
Tempeh, tofu, seitan and TVP (textured vegetable protein) are also good meat alternatives.
Check out these companies that make vegan products:
Allison’s Gourmet-organic vegan cookies and brownies
Amy’s Kitchen Inc.-organic vegetarian and vegan pot pies, entrees, burgers, pizzas, burritos, and soup
Boca Burger Inc.-vegan burgers
Daiya Foods-non-dairy cheese
Earth Balance-vegan butter, soymilk, soynog, and nut butters
Fantastic Foods-vegetarian meals
Follow Your Heart-vegan mayonaisse, salad dressings, vegan cheese
Lightlife Foods, Inc. -vegan meat substitutes
Newman’s Own Organics-vegan cookies
Silk- non-dairy milk
So Delicious-non-dairy milk, yogurt, ice cream, and creamer
Taste the Dream-non-dairy ice cream, milk, and chocolate bars
Tofutti Brands, Inc. -non-dairy frozen desserts and food products like sour cream and cream cheese
Turtle Island Foods, Inc. -Tofurky dinners, deli slices, and tempeh
*Information from savvyvegetarian.com, thevegetariansite.com, veganoutreach.org, peta.org