Plant based diets have well and truly hit the mainstream. What was once considered a trend, has now become a way of life, with many of us looking to limit or completely reduce the amount of meat we consume each day.
Adopting a vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to go without. Instead, we like to think of it more as a case of swapping something you love, for something you’ll also love. Given the rise in conscious and plant based eating, it also means that it’s now super easy to make meat-free choices, and even get them delivered to your door.
We’ve pulled together 6 easy vegan meal swaps to get you started.
1. Swap out mayonnaise for hummus
Hailing from the Middle-East, hummus is a spread made of mashed chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon. If you are looking for a vegan dip, this creamy Mediterranean paste will not let you down.
Of course, traditional hummus is not the only card on the table. The beetroot or pumpkin versions are worth your while too. Whether you have it with veggies, pita, chips or to spice up your sandwich in place of mayonnaise, you’re on to a winner here.
Try swapping out your mayonnaise for hummus here in Amsterdam at ROOTS.
2. Make the switch from scrambled eggs to tofu
Of everything we have in our kitchen, eggs are often thought to be irreplaceable. If scrambled eggs are your morning go-to, we’ve found you a failsafe swap in tofu.
Made with a very similar process to cheese, tofu is soy-based and a common alternative for meat. What most people don’t know is that tofu also makes the perfect swap for scrambled eggs.
Coconut milk is a staple in many cuisines.
All you have to do is crumble it into a pan and add some of your favourite spices, or order the Mexican bowl from FOAM in The Hague.
3. Swap out cream for coconut milk
Coconut milk is a staple in many cuisines. As a plant-based milk, it’s not only a great alternative for vegans, but also for lactose intolerants.
Coconut milk pairs exceptionally well with Thai food, but it also makes an excellent base for smoothies and even as an alternative to dairy when it comes to baking. Give it a go and order some vegan curry kokos from Stach in Amsterdam.
4. Make the switch from pork meat to jackfruit
We know it can be hard to get your head around swapping out meat, for fruit, but stick with us. Any doubt you might have had will quickly disappear when you try a jackfruit curry blended with ginger and garlic for the first time.
The unique texture of this tropical fruit is similar to what you’d expect from a range of meats, and its neutral flavour absorbs whatever seasoning you desire. In case you’re a lover of pork looking to make the vegan switch, then you should know that a pulled jackfruit burger with barbecue sauce is the perfect meal swap or order pulled jackfruit burger from Aloha in Leiden.
If you’re familiar with fermented products, you can also add tempeh to your list of gut-friendly goodies.
5. Swap out chicken for tempeh
Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans, is the perfect replacement for chicken and guaranteed to take your plant-based eating up a level.
If you’re familiar with fermented products like kefir or kombucha, you can also add tempeh to your list of gut-friendly goodies. As a versatile vegan food, it can take on several different tastes depending on how it’s prepared, from marinated to thinly sliced, which you can try at Restaurant Blaw in Amsterdam.
6. Make the switch from honey to maple syrup
It is no secret that pancakes and maple syrup were made for each other. But you don’t need to limit it to just a sugary breakfast topper.
As a great option to replace honey, maple syrup is a terrific swap for savoury marinades, pies and even in salad dressing. It might taste slightly different than honey, but remember this is about swapping out things you love for new things you’ll also love. Try it right away and order the Walk in a Fruity Forest pancakes from Mr NonNo in Rotterdam, for example.