Following the Vegan Diet : Cooking Without Eggs

Category : Vegan Diet

Vegan DietWhen you first start following the vegan diet, one of the most difficult aspects is looking how to cook without eggs. You never realize quite how many things we use eggs for until you aren’t allowed to use them, but there is a valid reason why we follow the vegan diet.

When was the last time you heard about an egg recall because of salmonella contamination? Probably last week. It occurs pretty often. Egg prices are on the rise, and the worldwide level of scrutiny that has been placed on the dairy industry is more than well deserved. Why should we use our hard earned money to support the egg industry? In fact, why should you waste your money or compromise your morals when there are plenty of other acceptable options around? If the thought of getting salmonella isn’t enough to cause you some alarm, think about the deplorable conditions that hens are subjected to on factory farms. You wouldn’t wish those conditions on your worst enemy.

While purchasing eggs from cage free farms is certainly an option, the best decision that you can make for your health and for you the environment is to eliminate eggs from your diet altogether. Necessity is the mother of innovation, and vegan bakers have come up with some pretty awesome substitutes for using eggs. Today, herbivores can enjoy just about any dish that their non vegan pals do. Tell me that your mouth doesn’t water thinking about a delicious tofu omelet. The best part? No one is ever going to know the difference.

So what are the options we vegans have?

Ener-G Egg Replacer – This option has been a favorite among vegan bakers for a long time, and it was one of the first discoveries that I made when I first started following the vegan diet. This egg replacer is constructed from tapioca flour, various leavening agents, and potato starch. To make it, all you have to do is combine 1 teaspoon of it with 2 tablespoons of warm water and mix it together well until it becomes frothy.

Flax Seeds – You don’t have to use a boxed substitute to replace eggs in a vegan recipe. Ground flax seeds offer an excellent option. Flax seeds are inexpensive, delicious, and nutritious. What more could you ask for? You should use one tablespoon of ground flax seeds and three tablespoons of water and blend them together. The resulting mixture is great for binding baking ingredients together.

Bananas – Who would have thought that bananas could be substituted for eggs in the vegan diet? Bananas can be used in banana bread and other baking recipes that call for bananas. They have binding properties that will allow the ingredients you are using to stick together. For every egg that your recipe calls for, use ½ of a banana, mashed.

Brunches Without Eggs – Finally, who doesn’t love a good Sunday brunch? This gives you a unique opportunity to experiment with tofu scramble. Use your favorite spices and own add ins. Consider using spinach or sun dried tomatoes. There’s no right or wrong way to make an excellent tofu omelet.