Many of us are trying to be more healthy, especially now that there is a pandemic affecting the world. And now that we are observing the season of Lent, all the more that we are starting to switch to a plant-based or meatless diet.
But of course, many are wondering if their favorite meals will taste the same if they use different ingredients. Luckily, there are actually plant-based items you can buy and use as substitute for meat and dairy products! These ingredients are healthier and won’t drastically alter the taste of your meals. (LIST: Your 7-Day Meal Plan for the Lenten Season)
My Pope Philippines lists down the substitute ingredients that you can use for your meals to make them plant-based and taste *almost* the same.
Plant-Based Ingredients: Jackfruit
Jackfruit, better known as langka, can be used as a substitute for shredded meat, specifically chicken. It can also be used as an alternative to shredded tuna. Try out this pulled jackfruit recipe!
Plant-Based Ingredients: Tofu and Tempeh
Tofu and tempeh are both soy products that only differ in the production process. Despite this, either can be used as an alternative to most recipes that use meat as the main ingredient. You can try it out for yourself using this teriyaki tempeh recipe or pan-fried sesame garlic tofu recipe!
Plant-Based Ingredients: Milk Substitutes
Many are now choosing to use non-dairy milk substitutes such as oat, soy, or hazelnut milk. Most kinds of non-dairy milk are already available in groceries and supermarkets, but you can also make your own by soaking raw nuts in water and straining it after a while. It is to note that certain milk substitutes are better than others for specific recipes. Try making your regular french toast with oat milk with this recipe!
Plant-Based Ingredients: Avocado
Avocados are not only a good source of nutrients but they are also great substitutes for dishes! You can use avocado as a substitute for cheese or as an alternative to your sandwich spread. Here is a recipe for avocado tacos so you’d know how good it tastes!
Plant-Based Ingredients: Vinegar
Vinegar can be used for many savory dishes, but did you know you can actually use it as a substitute for eggs when baking? Try making this crazy cake using white vinegar instead of eggs!