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Hi, thanks to your reply on my post, I think I am mainly struggling with flavours, everything seems a bit bland. I would like to know some nice vegan sauces or something like that :) Wow you're nice for offering to help ^_^
Hey! No, you’re nice for putting your compassion before your taste buds! :) <3
I’m not sure how long ago you went vegan, or what you used to eat, but keep in mind that our bodies LOVE and crave all that gross, processed garbage so many people in the western world eat. Our bodies want all that sugar and fat and salt. I’m craving poutine and cake while typing this, geez (and boy am I glad those things can be veganized!). It definitely takes time for us to adjust to “healthier” foods that are less processed. Our preferences really change based on what we eat. You will start to crave other foods, like dates instead of candies for example, but our bodies absolutely are programmed to love sugar, fat, and salt. Thankfully being vegan doesn’t mean eliminating those things- it just means finding new sources of them. But that initial period is definitely THE WORST.
Don’t be scared of herbs and spices. Remember that meat on its own tastes super bland. But sausage is tasty because it’s loaded with seasonings. And chicken on its own is the most bland thing in existence. You’ve got to season your food. I’m a huge fan of curried anything for lunch. Chickpeas taste okay on their own, but when you throw in some curry powder, they are magical! And fried tofu is pretty darned good, but have you ever had a tofu scramble loaded with basil and pepper? Mmmm!! Or marinate the tofu in something as simple as soy sauce or orange juice, and that makes it even tastier!
As for sauces, have you met my dear friend hummus? It’s so versatile! You can dip bread or veggies in it (I love steamed broccoli rolled in hummus while it’s still hot- it makes the hummus melt and drip into all the nooks and crannies in the broccoli). You can also make some pretty nifty veggie fries by taking stuff like carrots, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts and covering them with hummus with a little extra olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then baking them in the oven. The hummus somehow turns into a fantastic crispy coating!
Have you had a chance to find nutritional yeast yet? It has almost a cheesy taste to it- you can definitely sprinkle it on anything that needs a hint of cheese! You can also make a cheesy sauce by cooking up nutritional yeast with almond milk (or whatever plant milk you like) with whatever seasonings you like to make a cheese sauce. I love to add tonnes of black pepper and red pepper flakes and a hint of turmeric to mine. If you need it to be a thicker sauce, you can add blended cashews, or silken tofu, or flour, or cornstarch.
Don’t shy away from fantastic things like tahini and maple syrup when you’re making a salad dressing. Oil and vinegar gets boring fast!
Make sure you’re just getting in enough fats, too. Be generous with olive oil on your salads or when roasting up veggies
You can make an easy vegan gravy with vegetable oil, a bit of miso paste, soy sauce, water, onions, and garlic. I also like to add some mushrooms, sage, and pepper. If you’re too lazy to cook up a whole pot of gravy, try adding just a wee bit of miso paste to your mashed potatoes. Yum!
I like to make a dill cashew cream by blending together soaked cashews, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, a hint a maple syrup, and tonnes of dill, plus enough water to get the consistency I like. This makes a good sandwich spread if you leave it pretty thick, or a great dip for veggies or chips if you make it a little runnier.
Basically, experiment and go nuts with seasonings! I’d highly recommend checking out vegan recipe blogs to get yourself some inspiration if you’re a little nervous about just coming up with stuff yourself.
Thanks for sticking with being vegan! I hope this helped a little!!!
Omigosh thank you so much! This is an amazing help and has definitely given me some ideas, I can’t wait to try! I think being vegan is super worth it. Anyone who is considering becoming vegan I advise they transition slowly by cutting things out until they become comfortable with cutting out animals products altogether. Being vegan at the start is super hard, but I’d rather struggle with this than have something killed or suffer huge amounts of pain just for a flavour.