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Veganise it - easy ways to tweak your menu


There is a huge range of alternatives and ingredients to help you veganise existing menu favourites - from scratch or bought in - to your customer base and budget. 

Bangers & Mash: use vegan sausages as above; replace butter with vegan margarine in the mash. Gravy: make one of our home-made recipes or use vegan-friendly granules, eg original red tub or onion  Bisto granules!

BLT: make a VLT by using Redwoods rashers or fried smoked tofu or fried tempeh + vegan mayo/brown sauce and lettuce & tomato. Avocado is another great addition. 

Breakfast - Full British: use vegan sausages and vegan rashers, make sure the hash browns are vegan (McCains are suitable). Include the usual baked beans, fried bread, mushrooms, and tomatoes (fried in oil of course and in a separate pan). Switch the egg for our delicious, quick Silken Tofu Scramble




Burgers: Fry's, VBites and other brands for ready-mades. Or make home-made beanburgers. Use vegan mayo or just relish. Check your supplier to ensure bread and rolls are animal-free and use vegan margarine such as Pure or Vitalite. Bidfoods and other wholesalers sell portion packs of vegan spread. 

Chicken Curry: replace meat with TVP chunks or other meat alternatives and make sure any curry sauce you use is free from animal derivatives (whey, milk, cream etc).

Chilli: replace meat with veggie mince, frozen or dried. See our Classic Chilli It's good in Spag Bol, Shepherd's Pie, Lasagne too - or simply   replace with whole cooked lentils, eg green or puy.



Coleslaw: make your own using vegan mayo thinned with unsweetened soya or almond milk. Bought vegan mayo is widely available, eg Plamil and other brands. Alternatively, make your own quickly and cheaply from this recipe

Cream-based sauces - use dairy-free cream eg Alpro, Provamel or Oatly. Or home-made Cashew Cream

Desserts: sponges - replace eggs with flaxmeal or apple puree; use dairy-free creams, yoghurts, ice cream... Think luxurious - see our Desserts and Cakes

Pancakes: sweet or savoury dishes. Use our simple recipe


Pesto-based dishes: Make our recipe OR buy Meridian, Zest, Seggiano or other vegan brands 

Pies: use Jus Rol or Saxby’s shortcrust or puff pastry – available everywhere in wholesale and retail packs. Alternatively, buy in Clive's or Fry's vegan pies

Pizza: use a melting vegan cheese such as Violife Pizza Cheese or Cheezly. Ensure the pizza dough contains no egg or milk by-products



Risotto: use half and half olive oil and vegan margarine such as Pure or Vitalite. Use strong vegan stock. Omit parmesan or - better still - offer vegan parmesan, eg Violife Prosociano.

◗ Roast dinners: nut roasts OR baked vegetables with herb and spiced-flavoured fillings OR pastry-based meals (eg Mushroom Wellington) ...the possibilities are endless




Roast vegetables: tart them up with interesting sauces, grain or pulse-based extras. Pancakes: savoury or sweet. See page 21 for our excellent basic batter recipe.

Soup: use vegan stock powder or cubes and omit meat, fish, egg or dairy. See Soups for recipes. Use soya or oat cream instead of dairy cream where a recipe requires it.


Please note – Quorn products include some suitable for vegans - these are marked clearly with 'Vegan' - see picture! - and include Vegan Chicken Pieces. The range is small but growing. Other Quorn products are not vegan-friendly because they contain egg and milk by-products.