With both elements of sweet and sour flavours, this raw, unpasteurised soy sauce is the perfect addition to stir-fry meals, sauces, soups and a variety of other dishes. Made suing natural spring water, this is a great alternative to traditional soy sauce.
Nama Shoya is the perfect addition to stir-frys, sauces, soups and a variety of other Asian inspired dishes.
This type of breadcrumb is used for coating an array of different foods. You can buy them in pots that are ready to use, and they add a crunchy texture to the food. They also help to seal in the moisture of food.
Breadcrumbs can be used to thicken sauces, as a crispy topping for pasta bakes and lasagnes, and adding breadcrumbs to bean burgers helps them stick together to form patties.
Natural peanut butter doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives and it is made with a content of 90% peanuts.
Use the same way you would regular peanut butter. Natural peanut butter is a good snack to feed dogs as it contains less sugar.
Nectarines are a soft fruit that have a stone in the middle. They are the same species as peaches, however they are commercialised as different products.
Use nectarines as you would peaches; enjoy the fresh fruit or add to crumbles, use as a topping on ice cream or with soya cream as a dessert.
Neutral-flavoured oils are normally used when you don’t want your oil to add its own flavour to your food. Common neutral-flavoured oils are canola, corn or peanut oil.
New potatoes are commonly the Jersey Royal variety, and they have thin skins that don’t need to be peeled before cooking. They are sweet in flavour as the sugar hasn’t converted into starch, making them ideal for salads. They are usually in season from April to July.
Roast new potatoes in the oven as an alternative to regular roasted potatoes.
One of the oldest spices used, Nigella seeds are tiny black seeds that have a slightly bitter taste. They are pungent and smell like onions, however they are not related to the onion family. They are found in supermarkets, and in some shops they may go by the name kalonji.
Fry nigella seeds to bring out their flavour. Add to Indian inspired dishes or add to soups, vegetables and pulses for a unique flavour boost.
Ideal for biscuits and cakes, egg free mayonnaise and custard, this versatile egg free powder allows you to create vegan suitable sweet and savoury treats. Generally available in health food shops.
Ideal for biscuits and cakes, egg free mayonnaise and custard, this versatile egg free powder allows you to create vegan suitable sweet and savoury treats. Pay special attention to packet instructions, as different egg replacers require different preparation methods.
Non-dairy blue style cheese has the same tangy taste as blue cheese made with dairy. Made with a coconut base by some manufacturers, blue style cheese is easy to find under many different non-dairy brands.
You can add dairy free blue style cheese to a vegan cheese board or add to dishes as you would with other dairy free vegan cheeses.
Non-dairy butter is an alternative to dairy butter. It is most commonly made with vegetable oils, such as sunflower, avocado or it is made from soya.
Use as you would non vegan butter – it generally melts the same way and can be used in baking recipes.
Non-dairy cheddar cheese is a vegan alternative to regular dairy cheddar cheese, which is sometimes coconut or soya based.
Use non-dairy cheddar cheese in place of non-vegan cheddar cheese; for example, in sandwiches, on top of pasta dishes or on pizza.
Non-dairy cheese is often coconut, soya or nut based. It is now widely available in UK supermarkets, with brands such as Violife, and some stores carry their own brand items. It can be made at home using cashews or almonds, with different recipes providing different methods.
Use non-dairy cheese as you would dairy cheese; Add it to a vegan cheese board or add to dishes as you would with other dairy free vegan cheeses.
Non-dairy cream is an alternative option to dairy cream. It is used in the same way as other types of cream, and can be poured or whipped for a different texture.
Use as you would non vegan cream. Pour over desserts, add to stews and soups and use as a more concentrated version of plant based milk in recipes.
Non-dairy milk is an alternative to dairy milk. There are many different varieties available, including soya, almond, cashew and oat. There are more types of non-dairy milk available on the market, such as peanut or potato, however they are a lot less common and harder to find.
Use as you would non vegan cows milk. Experiment with a variety of plant based milks as different milks suit different dishes. Some non dairy milks curdle if not heated when added to tea and coffee.
Non-dairy sour cream can be made with soaked cashews at home following a range of different recipes, or you can purchase different brands in supermarkets. It is ideal for those who can’t or choose not to eat dairy.
Use as a sour cream alternative, mix with avocados to make an authentic tasting guacamole and use as a garnish on soups.
A lot of spreads are made from plant oils. Spreads are very similar to margarine’s, just with less fat.
Non-dairy yoghurt is often made with soya or coconut as an alternative to dairy yoghurt. You can get it in a range of flavours from UK supermarkets.
Use as a healthier option to non dairy cream in dishes; add to curries, soups and stews to add creaminess but with less fat than non dairy cream.
Nori is the Japanese name given to edible seaweed that has usually been dried. Nori is loaded with vitamin B, Iodine, unsaturated Fatty acids, amino acids and anti-carcinogen. It is primarily used to wrap sushi, but now it is making its way into many different dishes and is even being used as an alternative to crisps. Dried seaweed and hummus anyone?
Nori with its ‘fishy’ taste lends itself well to being used as a fish alternative in dishes.
Nutmeg is the seed from several species of the Myristica genus. It can be bought as the whole seed or ground into a powder. It has a strong taste and is a very fragrant spice.
Add nutmeg to cakes such as banana bread to give it a little kick.
With a strong flavour often described as cheesy, nutty and creamy, these flakes taste delicious liberally sprinkled over pasta, soup and even popcorn. Our favourite tried and tested brand of yeast is Marigold-reasonably priced for a tub that will last.
Add nutritional yeast to white sauces to give it a cheesy taste. It’s great at giving dishes a savoury taste.
Nuts are a good source of fats for people who eat plant based diets. There are many different types of nuts, and many of them offer benefits to human health.
Nuts make a great snack and are a good source of protein.