How to Replace Dairy in Recipes for Vegan Cooking
Are you a new vegan or have decided to give up dairy? Here are a few ways you can replace dairy in your diet, plus some great places to explore vegan food in New York City.
Roast Veggies to Make a Sauce or Roux
Roasted veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and turnips are perfect to throw in a blender and transform into a creamy sauce.
Roast the veggies in the oven with olive oil to bring out their natural flavor, then season them with cinnamon, nutmeg or chili pepper depending on the taste you’re going for.
Blend in a food processor and toss with pasta or cauliflower rice. To cook and present your sauce, try our exquisite Dowan products.
Blend Your Own Cashew Cream
Cashew cream is a vegan cook’s secret weapon. Soak cashews for four hours, then blend with water, and you’ve got a delicious non-dairy choice to use in place of real cream for your recipe. Or try finding some at Orchard Grocer, an all-vegan grocery store in NYC.
Try the Trendy Oat Milk
Oat milk is the most trendy milk right now for dairy substitution. Unlike nut milk, oat milk has a very mild taste, so it’s also an excellent choice to replace dairy milk in savory recipes like casseroles, alfredo sauce and mac n’cheese. Order an oat milk latte from Bluestone Lane locations in NYC.
Bake with Soy and Nut Milk
Coconut milk, almond milk and cashew milk are great substitutes for dairy milk in sweet baked goods or lattes. You can find many different brands of these nut milks at almost any grocery store that you can substitute for dairy milk. If you want pre-baked goods, try the new all-vegan cupcakes from Baked by Melissa in NYC.
Try Vegan Butter, Cheese and Yogurt Substitutes
It’s easy to find pre-packaged substitutes for almost any dairy item you can think of. NYC-area Whole Foods and Trader Joes have vegan cheese, vegan yogurt, vegan butter and even vegan cream cheese that you can easily swap for the dairy versions in most recipes.