Just last week, a massive egg recall of a half-million eggs produced from Wright County Egg has made distributors, business owners and everyday consumers wary about the risk of salmonella in the eggs they purchased.
They have good reason to be. More than 1,000 people have already gotten sick from the contaminated eggs, and the numbers are expected to increase. Fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever are the common symptoms of consuming a contaminated product, which is especially dangerous for individuals with a weakened immune system.
Though egg recalls aren’t regular occurrences, exploring vegan alternatives to eggs is a great way to eat healthier with a more plant-based diet. Contrary to popular belief, it is absolutely possible to enjoy an amazing breakfast, bake cookies or even drink vegan eggnog without ever relying on eggs again.
General Egg Substitute: Ener-G is a flavorless and extremely versatile egg substitute found in many health supermarkets. It can work in baked goods, and also in casserole dishes as well. Follow instructions on box to incorporate to recipes with egg ingredients.
Egg-based Breakfasts: With some tofu, nutritional yeast and other seasonings, many vegetarians have found innovative ways to enjoy an "egg" scramble or "egg" omelette that doesn’t involve any real eggs whatsoever. Check out VegWeb for a list of tofu-based breakfasts that closely resemble their egg-based counterparts minus the cholesterol and fat.
Baked Goods: Applesauce and bananas make for great egg substitutes in baked goods. Blended silken tofu also works very well for making pancakes and brownies. For a list of more egg substitutes and exact ratio of ingredients, check out this handy list from TipNut.com.
Mayonnaise: Though the eggs are already included in conventional mayonnaise brands and probably won’t pose a risk of salmonella as raw eggs bought in a store, I highly recommend Vegannaise as an egg-less mayonnaise alternative, found in Whole Foods and many health food stores. It’s a whole lot healtheir and from my experience, actually tastes better than real mayonnaise.
Eggnog: Are you always hankering for some homemade eggnog during the holidays? Many delicious vegan and gluten-free eggnog recipes exist on the internet, such as this almond-based one that sounds absolutely heavenly.