Questions tagged [vegetarian]

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Best meat replacements for a vegetarian/vegan?

Let's compile a list of vegetarian/vegan meat replacements. Generic replacements: Seitan Tofu Tempeh Quorn Quorn Vegan Alternatives Paneer TVP Commercial fake meats: Tofurky (Roasts, Sausages, ...
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Grilling veggies & meat on same surface for vegetarian guests

If I grill veggies and then grill meats (or vice versa) on the same surface, is heating and brushing the grill an adequate method to assure I haven't offended a vegan or vegetarian?
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What if I microwave Beyond Meat?

I have a bag of Beyond Meat crumbles. Before reading the bag, I microwaved the crumbles in a bowl until they were thoroughly heated. ...Then I noticed that the bag says "DO NOT MICROWAVE". ...
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Is there a vegetarian gelatin substitute that is as strong as gelatin?

I've made several mold (shaped) desserts with both gelatin and gelatin substitutes, and the substitutes have always failed to hold the shape of fully domed chocolate molds and the like. Are there any ...
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How do I get vegetarian tamales to come out fluffy?

I'm a vegetarian, so naturally I don't use lard when making the masa for tamales. I've experimented with butter, non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening, and solid coconut oil. I've tried beating the ...
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Is gelatin vegetarian?

I understand that vegetarians are against meat, and gelatin is derived from meat and bones. So the obvious answer is "no." But I'm not entirely sure. What constitutes an ingredient as "vegetarian" or ...
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Adding a smoky flavour without adding spiciness

I rather like a strong smoky flavour in some of my food - I've tasted some rather lovely smokey vegetarian Mexican bean wraps for instance. However, I've struggled to replicate this in my own cooking ...
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What vegetarian substitute for prosciutto could I use in Carbonara?

Instead of prosciutto, I used capers to try and maintain the salty aspect. It worked ok, but something about the capers and cheese didn't seem right. Any other suggestions? Also, to round out the ...
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What's a good vegetarian substitute for Worcestershire sauce?

The only thing I really miss since I started the whole rampant vegetarian thing is the taste of Worcester sauce in all sorts of dishes. Is there a way to get close to the flavour without doing ...
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Are there any vegetarian-friendly egg substitutes that can be used in cakes?

I spent about 2 1/2 years as a lacto-ovo vegetarian but, I gave up eggs in October. The problem is that I really like cake. Unfortunately, the cake recipes that I've found that don't use eggs produce ...
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How to make tofu that is crispy and flavorful outside and soft inside?

I know how to fry tofu to make it firm, and also how to dry fry it and marinade it to make it flavorful. Neither of these cooking techniques mimics the tofu I get at my local Thai restaurant. When I ...
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How best to pan-fry tofu?

I love fried tofu, but I don't want to have a deep fryer in my home (I'll use it too much!). I've tried a few different techniques for pan-frying tofu, but it always comes out unsatisfying - too dry, ...
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Are there any vegetarian applications for transglutaminase ("meat glue")?

Transglutaminase is an enzyme that is popular among modernist chefs for two main purposes - to glue different meats together for special effects (like a modern turducken), and to create consistently ...
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What is the ideal fake turkey substitute for a vegan Thanksgiving?

While recently experimenting with a seitan based fake turkey, I was curious if I was even pursuing the right media for making a fake vegan turkey. With respect to the following characteristics, what ...
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Vegetarian replacement for pork mince in Chinese style stir fry

In Chinese cuisine it's very common to start a vegetable stir fry with a bit of minced meat, typically pork, to give the dish a deeper flavor. To make a vegetarian version I usually just leave this ...
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Camping with tofu

I'm about to take an extended camping trip, and I'd love to be able to make some decent tofu. (I'm mostly vegetarian, and I'm definitely going to be craving protein.) My usual methods at home are ...
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Should I avoid meat broth when cooking for vegetarians?

Yes, cuban rice and beans is usually cooked with meat... or at the very least with the broth of it. If I'm cooking for a vegetarian I don't know, should I avoid the meat broth? Is there anything ...
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Ma Po Doufu without Pork

In China there is a famous dish called Ma Po Doufu 麻婆豆腐 and most of the recipes I find online have pork. I was wondering if anyone knew if pork was an essential part of the dish (in terms of flavoring)...
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How can I create a chicken substitute?

How can I create a homemade product with that has the texture, flavor, and cooking properties of chicken, but is vegetarian (or vegan)? I'm inspired by the Lightlife, the Sipz orange "chicken", and ...
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How can I make home-made veggie burgers stay together so I can grill them?

I tried this weekend to make veggie burgers to cook on the grill, with fake ground beef (maybe Gimme Lean or something like that), egg, breadcrumbs, spices, and they totally fell apart. Is there a ...
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What makes a hot dog a hot dog?

I like hot dogs, but I'm always conscious that they are a means by which unspeakable bits of meat can be made appetising, even when they get a fancy name like bockwurst to cover the fact. So I bought ...
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Can I substitute Soy Milk when a recipe for baking calls for regular milk?

If a baking recipe calls for regular milk, can I substitute Soy Milk...
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Is there a substitute for dashi?

I adore Japanese cooking, but when cooking for vegetarians, I don't want to use dashi (bonito) stock. However, if I just omit it, the result doesn't taste authentic. Anyone have a substitute?
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What is a good vegetarian source of umami flavour?

I'm looking for a source of the umami flavour to add to various dishes. However, since I became vegetarian I can't think of a good source for the flavour. I used to use Worcestershire sauce, or Nam ...
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How to reproduce meat flavor

Recently I have become a vegetarian. I have always loved hamburgers, but the taste of vegetarian hamburgers isn't anywhewre close. I would like to know if there is any way to reproduce the flavor of ...
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How can I make vegetarian marshmallows?

My girlfriend is vegetarian and we have been trying to make marshmallows at home but so far after over four tries with agar agar we have yet to be very successful. We have made one batch that were ...
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A vegan alternative to Quorn?

It seems that almost all meat replacements in the UK have eggs. Are there any good vegan alternatives?
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Jerk vegetable?

I have some friends coming over and will be cooking jerk chicken. As asked in my other question. Definitive Jerk Chicken However some of them are vegetarian. I would like to make them jerk X with X ...
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What to do with tofu? [closed]

Last night I made a delicious vegetarian stromboli and was left with a lot of excess crumbled extra-firm tofu. It was the first time I have ever cooked with tofu, and as such I have no idea with what ...
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How can I add more "chew" to veggie burgers with only vegetables?

I, like many, have been on the search for the perfect veggie burger. And to my mind, there is a difference between "burgers" derived from a combination of legumes, grains, and/or fungus (ex. tofu, ...
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How can I fortify homemade soy milk?

Commercial soy milk is fortified with lots of different vitamins. Is it possible to add these vitamins to homemade soy milk? If so how would you do it? I'm not sure if we absorb the vitamins or if ...
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Is there an edible, vegetarian substitute for sausage casings?

My research(basically wikipedia) shows that natural sausage casing is made from a layer from the intestines of animals such as sheep and cows. The alternative to natural casings are artificial casings....
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Why remove the vegetables from vegetable stock? [duplicate]

Most meat stock is based on boiling bones, so it's not hard to imagine why you'd want to remove the bones before using the stock. Vegetable stock, on the other hand, is broadly similar to the mirepoix ...
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Make homemade seitan taste like commercial

There are some wonderful brands of commercial seitan. One that I particularly love it Ray's Wheat Meat, which has the consistency of pulled chicken and a savory, bready flavor. Almost all homemade ...
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What differences are there between Chia and Flax Eggs?

In substituting Flax Eggs (milled/ground flax seeds in a water slurry, after they congeal) for regular eggs, I have found them to be a versatile aide in baking and thickening any number of dishes. I ...
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How can I make a vegan turkey-skin substitute?

I recently tried to practice making a Seitan based vegan turkey tube using this recipe. To test results for different cooking methods, I split the final dough in half before baking, made one that was ...
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De-meatifying lasagna, casseroles

Is there a good, satisfying ovo-lacto substitute for meat for recipes like meat & cheese lasagna? Or can I just skip the meat and expect the dish to satisfy without it? I understand that tofu ...
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How can I get more umami in a veggie burger?

I'm not a vegan, so let me get that out there as the first sentence. I can find recipes all over the place for veggie burgers, but all I've tried have been bland. I may indeed have an umami flavor ...
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Vegetarian Fish

My wife and I are trying to go vegetarian for a month. We enjoy fish quite a bit. Is there any way to replicate the taste of say salmon, tuna, or cod with vegetarian, or better yet vegan, ...
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Does Domino's use rennet-free cheese?

Does Domino's pizza's use mozzarella cheese for their pizzas? If so,is it also rennet-free?
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Why did my oil-only seitan fail?

I tried to make seitan last night using oil and gluten, and after it was done it had a grainy consistency and didn't hold together at all. Is there some sort of magic done by the water? How much water ...
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Is using hot water to make chapathi dough a good idea?

One of these days, I accidentally used hot water in place of cold water on wheat flour to make chapathi dough. Coincidentally I found the dough to be much softer than usual. Also the kneading process ...
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Could a cast iron skillet change its ways and be kosher for a vegan?

If this sounds like a ridiculously neurotic question, that's because it is. That said, and discussion aside, according to Par[e]ve kitchen certifications and ordinances around the world (and ...
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What sauce / spices can make a tofu steak taste like a beef steak

I had an unbelievably good tofu steak in a restaurant in Tokyo many years ago. I have never been able to reproduce it. It tasted uncannily like a beef steak. What sauce / spices could I use to ...
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Is there a good way to make vegetarian carbonara?

My partner is now a vegetarian, and one food I miss cooking for dinner together is spaghetti carbonara. What would a good substitute for the pancetta/bacon be? The role of the pork is not just the ...
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What could I use in a vegetarian b'stilla?

I love the idea of b'stilla but not sure I have any great ideas for a vegetarian version. Searching the web I see people trying it with winter squash, chickpeas or seitan. Any other suggestions?
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Can I make vegetarian soup dumplings?

Soup dumplings, or xiao long bao, are made by combining ground pork with chilled gelatinized pork stock inside a dough wrapper. When steamed, the gelatin stock melts, so that the diner bites into a ...
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Replace the mouthfeel of consommé in vegetarian soup?

In soups that traditionally include a consommé as the base, such as French Onion Soup, what are some ways to replace the mouthfeel of the gelatin-rich stock when converting the recipe to be vegetarian?...
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How to prepare a vegetable base using roasted squash for savory tomato-chunk soup

I am looking to prepare a roasted squash soup base/stock. I plan on pairing the meal with a stout beer tasting. How do i go from roasted squash and asparagus to having a flavor dense but low volume ...
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Alternative milk Bean curd

Can milk from beans other than soy be curdled to make a tofu-like product? I know that black beans work, but I am wondering about kidney or pinto for example (or any other). Has anyone experimented on ...