Following a holiday with me droning on about the health benefits of a plant based diet (I feel sorry for anyone that spends that much time with me😂), my amazing sister in law is giving it a go for the next couple of weeks.
In an effort to make life easier I put together this brief list of some of the frequent foods I will choose as substitutes to general day to day foods that a non vegan might already eat.
I will continue to add to this list as time goes on. I still need to find a decent mince meat alternative amongst other things.
I find that different cheese is better for different meals.
My favourites for pizza (melting) are
- Mozzarisella https://www.veggiestuff.com/dairy-free-cheese/cheese-block/mozzarisella-organic-vegan-mozzarella-cheese-200g
- Sainsbury free from cheese http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/dairy-free-cheese/sainsburys-deliciously-freefrom-cheddar-style-dairy-free-cheese-200g
For sandwiches, burgers or other dishes I generally use the Sainsbury’s free from cheese, to date it is the best one I have found.
Dominos pizza in Israel did a consumer taste test for their vegan pizza (only available in Israel) and after many focus groups the winner was Vbites Cheezly, I have never tried it but could be worth a go.
I believe that ZiZi and AskItalian also use Mozzarisella on their vegan pizza.
Most vegan milk alternative chocolate taste like cheap advent calendar chocolate, I personally like dark chocolate so it’s never an issue for me. Green & Blacks range with assorted flavours like mint are really good or if you prefer something not as bitter then you could even go with Bournville. There are also some incredible home made vegan chocolates available from people like https://www.facebook.com/TrufflePigVegan/
There is so much choice for burgers, my absolute favourite is LindaMcCartney pulled pork burger.
Linda McCartney 1/4 lb burger
Sainsbury Meat Free Burger
Resembling a spicy chicken burger, I really like these Quorn spicy burgers
Most rolls are vegan friendly, there are a few weirdo companies that add milk, but the majority of Asda bakery and other supermarket rolls are vegan friendly.
Generally I get the Warburtons https://groceries.asda.com/product/bread-rolls-buns/warburtons-white-sliced-rolls/36474
The size is really good for burgers and the buns are like that of a fast food restaurant.
Linda McCartney does it again
I remember a visit to Alton Towers last year when I asked for the vegan sausages, I had never tried these and when I took one bite I spat it out into a napkin and demanding to speak to the manager because I was FURIOUS that they had given me a meat sausage, much to my embarrassment he brought out the box and WOW!
These are not vegan as they have egg white in them, but I am told they are a v good substitute.
Chicken Nugget from Quorn, a guilty pleasure!
Linda McCartney Pulled Chicken
Perfect for fajitas etc
The Quorn chicken is just ok… I would highly recommend that if you use it that you add it to a curry or other dish with sauce to mask the taste and just focus on the texture.
Tofu is a good replacement for chicken in curry etc, again it gives a texture of meat when in a sauce.
After lots of taste testing, my favourite is this Soya milk light
Hands down my go to treat is Booja Booja, with just a handful of ingredients, its bloody amazing!
A close 2nd is Alpro
Alpro do a range of yoghurts
I have not tried any of the above, I personally like chocolate desserts and highly rate the dark chocolate soya dessert. They also do a smooth chocolate one.
D’s Naturals No Cow Bars
I warn you, only buy 1 or you will eat the whole box haha.
Lenny Larry Complete Cookie
Birthday cake is my favourite flavour
I am a big fan of The Protein Works vegan range and use their Soy Isolate for overnight oats etc because of the amazing flavours they do.
For general post workout shakes etc I use Psycho Pea Protein which you can find on eBay. The reason I use this around a workout is to do with the absorption rate and how quickly the protein will digest.
Vbites do a range of foods that are fantastic substitutes for anyone making the transition to a plant based lifestyle, I have eaten at their cafe in Brighton and the foods was great http://www.vbitesfoods.com/ you can purchase most of their food from Holland & Barrett.
ZiZis and ASKItalian offer vegan pizza, sides, starter, salad and dessert.
Pizza Express have a new vegan pizza with their own vegan cheese.
The Harvester has several surprisingly good vegan dishes and unlimited salad!
For recipe ideas my favourite pages right now are