6 Fun Inspirations On How To Use Beans & Legumes To Substitute Meat And Dairy

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When first transitioning into a plant-based diet, many people have trouble getting creative with meal preparation. As a result, you might be thinking about buying that new Impossible Burger or Beyond products to substitute meat.

Substitute meat products are convenient. However, these processed “vegan” products can add up the cost to your grocery budget, and the chemicals are not that great for your body in the long run. 

In this post, We gathered 5 Simple Ideas On How To Use Beans And Legumes To Substitute Meat, Dairy, and Egg. These ideas are not only healthier but will also satisfy your old cravings and save you money! ⁣

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⁣Substitute Meat & Dairy:
"TUNA" WRAP/SALAD

Use chickpeas with pickles, chopped celery, onions and lemon juice with vegan mayo to substitute fish.

Mayo can be easily made from cashews, coconut milk, lime juice and vinegar.

Vegan Tuna Salad Wrap
Recipe by I AM Vegan Babe in Canggu, Bali. Available in our Cookbook.
Substitute Eggs:
OMELETTE

Mix potato/cassava flour with white Kidney Beans or Mung Beans and coconut yogurt, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper and oil to create the consistency and replace eggs.⁣

Potato Head Eggless Omelette
Recipe by Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Bali. Available in our Cookbook.
Substitute Meat:
BEAN NACHO BOWL

Use Black Beans with garlic, onion, olive oil, eggplant, capsicum and tomatoes plus smoked paprika to replace cow.

vegan nachos captain coconut bali vegan book
Recipe by Captain Coconuts in Gili Air, Lombok. Available in our cookbook
Substitute Meat:
"MEATBALLS"

Use Tempeh and Lentils or Black Beans with flax seeds, quinoa, bread crumbs, garlic and onion powder to replace cow, pig, and chicken.

pulses, lentils, beans
⁣Substitute Dairy:
ALMOND, CASHEW, COCONUT & SOY MILK

Lots of dessert recipes use eggs and milk. You can have another choice.

Did you know that nut milk actually has MORE PROTEIN and nutritional values than animal milk? It’s also really easy to MILK your own nut milk. 

If you are allergic to nuts, coconut milk is a great substitute. (Coco”nut” is not a nut but fruit I believe!)

Soak the nuts of your preference overnight, blend in a blender, milk and strain it in a cheese cloth or towel.

Easy Peasy! No need to take milk from calves.

(We have a dairy & milk free baking guide available. Click here to visit our shop!)

almond milk
⁣Substitute Meat:
BURGER PATTIES

Mix Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Green Peas, Chickpeas or Lentils with rice/oats/flax seeds, carrots, onions/shallots, garlic and some other vegetables like eggplant and bell peppers + your favorite herbs/spices.

No more sacrificing cows, chickens and pigs!

substitute meat

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We would love to remind you that cooking is an art, not a science. Don’t get too hung up on the measurements and have fun being creative!

For all of the ideas above, add salt & pepper as needed.

How many whole-food meat, dairy, or egg substitutes have you tried to make yourself?

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