As the "Dry January" challenge, involving giving up alcohol for the month of January, continues to grow in popularity, "Veganuary," a campaign that started in the UK, is now encouraging people to try a plant-based diet for the first month of the year. Riding the wave of New Year's resolutions, the vegan movement is hoping to convince more people to adopt a plant-based diet that respects both animal well-being and the environment.
But some people may wonder about the practicalities of going vegan, such as which ingredients to favor and what alternatives are available to animal-source foods.
In fact, while giving up meat can be relatively straightforward, eggs and dairy produce are used to make lots of our day-to-day dishes. However, a host of plant-based alternatives exist, often with nutritional values sufficient to make up for any deficiencies.
Here are some ingredients to get to know for a "Veganuary" that doesn't compromise on flavor.
Going vegan evidently means giving up omelettes and boiled eggs. But eggs are also used in many other dishes, especially the sweet treats that you may be reluctant to go without.
Fear not. It is, for example, perfectly possible to make tasty chocolate cakes by replacing eggs with cornstarch or aquafaba, the thick water in which garbanzo beans have been cooked. Fruit purée (apple, banana) is also a good option for pastries and baking, as well as avocado, which has the advantage of its relatively neutral flavor and smooth texture.