Making the choice to reduce your meat consumption can be difficult when it comes to relearning how to cook and eat. Enjoying tasty food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and I understand why meat eaters go wide-eyed and scared when I tell them I haven’t eaten chicken in over 10 years. Although I don’t eat chicken, I can definitely taste it! There are plenty of recipes here on One Green Planet with “chicken” in the title and chicken flavor, and it’s a lot easier to imitate your favorite chicken dishes than you might think. Here are some ways to cook plant-based meals with all the flavor and texture chicken loves.
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1. Choose extra firm tofu
Tofu is a wonderful ingredient to use as the base for your chicken-inspired non-chicken dish. There are several types of tofu for sale, so it’s crucial to make sure you buy firm tofu instead of silken tofu. Firm tofu has a harder, chewier texture that is better at imitating chicken. Using tofu is also a good choice because it takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with, making it easy to get the chicken taste you want. Be sure to remove excess moisture from the tofu by wrapping it in a dry towel and turning it over several times so that the liquid drains from both sides evenly. Use extra firm tofu in this Vegan Paneer Tikka Masala.
2. Try tempeh
Tempeh is a soy product like tofu, but it has a much tougher, grainier texture than tofu. Depending on the recipe you’re making, choosing tempeh over tofu is a good bet. For cold dishes, like this mock chicken salad, using tempeh as a substitute for chicken is a good idea.
3. Use chicken broth
To make soup and stews in particular, add a chicken-flavored vegan bouillon cube or base for an overall chicken flavor. There are several chicken-flavored broths and bouillon cubes available at the grocery store that are not made with chicken. Use chicken-flavored broth in this vegan gluten-free chicken and chip-encrusted “chicken” salad sandwiches.
4. Choose cashews and nut milk for creaminess
Many chicken dishes have a nice creaminess that is like comfort on a plate. Luckily, in Plant-Based Cooking, we have a few options for adding a rich, creamy texture and taste to vegan dishes that help mimic chicken dishes. In this chicken-free pie soup, use Earth Balance Natural Butter Spread, soy cream, and soy milk to achieve a consistency and creamy taste similar to a creamy chicken dish.
5. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and spices
Since staple ingredients like tofu can take on any flavor you cook with it, choose the same spices and herbs you would for a chicken dish. Nutritional yeast, onion powder, and garlic powder work well. Use onion, garlic and smoked paprika in this “Chicken” Green Chili and Hominy Posole.
Thanks to the abundance of vegan food items available like tofu and soymilk, as well as must-have spices like garlic, onion and paprika, making chicken dishes vegan is a whole lot easier than we don’t think so!
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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergic, gut health and Following! Dairy consumption has also been linked to many health problems, including acne, Hormonal imbalance, Cancer, Prostate cancer and has a lot Side effects.
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