How to Veganize a Recipe Quickly and Easily

Whether you’re cooking for a vegan friend or dipping your toes in the plant-based pool, there’s one thing that makes vegan cooking much, much easier: giving dishes you already know and love a vegan twist!

From burgers to tacos, grilled sandwiches to spaghetti bolognese, the options are endless when you know how to veganize your favourite dishes — and we’re here to show you how! With our simple tips and meal suggestions, it’s easier than ever to take a traditional dish and make it 100% plant-based.

Vegan cooking tips: How to veganize your favourite non-vegan recipes

Identify all non-vegan ingredients in your chosen recipe

The first step is to find a recipe you love, or write down one you already know. Once you’ve got the ingredients list in front of you, go through and pick out the non-vegan ingredients one by one. This may seem like an obvious tip, but during your first foray into plant-based cooking, it’s likely you’ll come across ingredients you wouldn’t immediately have guessed were non-vegan.

Meat, fish (including shellfish), eggs and dairy are the most obvious ingredients to underline, but watch out for honey, gelatine, casein, shellac and carmine. They may not be listed as key ingredients, but may be lurking in some of your pre-packaged goodies (e.g. cake sprinkles).

Find delicious vegan ingredients as substitutes

Once you’ve found every non-vegan ingredient in your recipe, it’s time to find a substitute that aligns with your taste, dietary and cooking preferences! In many cases, the most convenient thing to do is to find a plant-based alternative, such as plant milk, vegan butter, vegan cheese, vegan eggs, or plant-based meat (such as Gorilla Food).

The benefit of using direct alternatives is that you’ll be able to achieve a closer taste and texture to your chosen recipe, and it’ll be easier to conquer your cravings if you know you’re prone to missing animal products.

However, in some recipes, you may be able to use what you’ve already got in your kitchen as a substitute for key ingredients. For instance, if you’re baking, you could soak flax seeds as an effective egg alternative. Flax seeds may not taste great in a sandwich with ketchup, but they have many of the same binding properties as eggs!

Experiment with your substitute vegan ingredients

Once you’ve decided which route to take, spend some time experimenting with your chosen substitutions and getting comfortable with how to prepare them. Many vegan alternatives will be ready to use straight from the packet (such as vegan cheese) and others will need some extra preparation time (such as flax eggs).

If you’re looking for a hassle-free meat alternative that can be whipped up in no time at all, you’ll love cooking with Gorilla Food! Our chicken and beef-flavoured plant-based meat mix is quick and easy to prepare, and can be seasoned, marinated and cooked according to taste.

Start with simple recipes

Whenever you try a new style of cooking, it’s always recommended that you opt for simple recipes to begin with — and vegan cooking is no different! Although cooking plant-based food certainly isn’t as complicated as is often made out, we recognise that getting your head around non-vegan vs vegan ingredients, vegan food brands, and how to prepare vegan food substitutions can feel overwhelming at first. That’s why it’s always best to start small.

Vegan cooking inspiration: Veganizing your favourite recipes

Okay, so now you know how to veganize a recipe quickly and easily, the question is: where will you begin?! Whether you’re a confident cook or disastrous in the kitchen, we all have a favourite meal or two, and it’s these you’ll want to learn how to make a plant-based version of.

Below, we share some of our best-loved dishes with tips and tricks for making them vegan!

Cheeseburgers

Who doesn’t love a juicy burger topped with a mountain of melted cheese, sliced tomatoes and crisp lettuce? With our chicken and beef-flavoured Gorilla Food, veganizing your favourite burger recipe has never been so simple!

Simply shape your mixed Gorilla Food into a patty, fry or grill it to perfection, and layer with a slice of dairy-free burger cheese. Serve with a fluffy bun (check there’s no egg or milk in your chosen bread), side salad and of course, a pile of salty fries!

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Noodles

Most noodle dishes, from stir-fry to pad Thai, are fairly vegan-friendly, aside from a couple of key ingredients — meat, eggs, and fish sauce. Luckily, it’s very easy to find egg-free noodles and to replace fish sauce with soy sauce.

When it comes to finding a delicious, chicken-flavoured plant-based meat alternative for your favourite noodle dishes, Gorilla Food should be your top choice! It’s simple to make, easy to shape into bite-sized chunks, and tastes divine with or without extra seasoning.

Pizza

Whether you prefer 100% plant-based toppings, such as olives, peppers and pineapple, or you’re all about meat and cheese, it’s possible to make a truly mouth-watering vegan pizza with just a few ingredient swaps.

All you need to do is buy or make a milk-free pizza base, top it with homemade tomato sauce and vegan cheese, and be as generous as you like with vegetable toppings!

Meatballs

There’s nothing better than a piping hot bowl of pasta and meatballs, and guess what? Meatless meatballs can taste just as divine! To veganize this classic dish, you’ll need to find egg-free spaghetti, make a tomato sauce with plenty of fresh herbs, and find beef-style meatballs to soak up your rich, Italian flavours.

Why not experiment with beef-flavoured Gorilla Food? After checking out our vegan meatballs, you’ll certainly want to!

Kebabs

For that Friday evening treat you look forward to all week, how about whipping up a flavoursome plant-based kebab? Once you’ve found a meat substitute you love, it’s easy to fill a pitta bread (which are typically vegan, but it’s always best to double-check) with mock chicken or beef chunks, shredded veggies, and an assortment of tasty sauces. Serve with golden fries or a zesty salad — the choice is yours!

Gorilla Food: Making vegan cooking delicious, fun and sustainable!

If your mouth’s watering at the thought of veganizing everything from nutty noodles to moreish meatballs with our impossibly tasty and sustainable vegan meat mix, it’s time to get your hands on Gorilla Food! What are you waiting for?

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