How-To

10 Plant-Based Ingredients To Substitute For Meat, Dairy And Eggs

The key to plant-based cooking is finding ingredients that is comparable in texture and flavour to the real deal. Here are our 10 must-have ingredients to store in your plant-based pantry, and how to use them.

A bowl of vegan caesar salad for a recipe for how to make it

Photo, Erik Putz.

Whether your reasoning is health, price, or focused on sustainability, it’s clear that plant-based foods are in focus. But simply eating tofu, beans and vegetables can get dull for those who are used to eating meat—no matter how delicious the recipes are. Beyond buying ready-made plant-based proteins at your local grocery store or fast food joint, is there a way to prepare recipes you love at home, minus the animal-based ingredients?

We asked ourselves the same question and discovered (through multiple trials and errors) that cooking some of our favourite recipes without eggs, butter and dairy is, indeed, possible. The key is finding ingredients that can be used independently, or combined with others, to create something that is comparable in texture and flavour to the real deal. Here are our 10 must-have ingredients to store in your plant-based pantry—and how to use them.