Tofu has just as much protein and iron as most meat, making it an ideal substitute. It’s hardly everyone’s favorite food, but its versatility means that it can be prepared in a variety of different ways, and it’s also available in a range of different flavors and textures. It can even be used as taco meat.
If tofu just isn’t going to work for you, mushrooms are another great substitute to consider. They’re rich in protein, vitamin C, and iron. They can be marinated and grilled for the perfect burger, and Portobello mushrooms can be stuffed for a quick and easy meal.
Last but not least, you should try tempeh, which is made from whole soybeans and is firmer than tofu. It’s rich in protein and fiber, and you’ll find it at your local grocery store.
Butter and honey are part and parcel of many a dessert, so keeping a vegan alternative in mind is essential. Butter can be replaced with coconut butter or soy margarine, and both taste very similar to the real thing while being packed with nutrients.
Honey can be replaced with agave nectar, coconut nectar or maple syrup, which are all easy to find and are relatively affordable.