Try tofu, soymilk, soy cheese, and soy yogurt in recipes that call for dairy products. Crumbled tofu can take the place of ricotta cheese in lasagna. To make buttermilk, mix 1 cup soy milk with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Use soymilk when making cream sauces and mashed potatoes. Enjoy a thick, creamy fruit smoothie for breakfast or a snack. You can also blend the fruit with soft tofu, soymilk or juice.
- 1 mashed banana in breads, muffins, or pancakes
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken a product
- ¼ cup silken tofu (blend tofu with the liquid ingredients until smooth, then add it to the dry ingredients)
- Vegan egg replacement products
When cooking for a vegan, read labels carefully. Not all soy-based products are devoid of milk derivatives (like casein, whey, etc). Some companies save you time by printing the word "Vegan" at the very beginning or end of the ingredients list. The same goes for vegetarians. Don't assume the can of vegetable soup is vegetarian-many dishes like this have beef, chicken, or fish-based broths.