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The Vegg Review

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The Vegg, the World’s First Vegan Egg!

The Vegg

I originally found out about this product through The Vegan Society of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Rocky Shepheard, creator of The Vegg, was looking for people to sample The Vegg. He has contacted people internationally to try out this innovative new product as a compassionate alternative to eggs. Everyone seems to be busy creating all sorts with The Vegg, but Fried Vegg, Scrambled Veggs, and French Toast seem to be pretty popular. This might be due to the given recipe for french toast on the label, or maybe the fact that this product is filling a void where vegans, for the first time, can enjoy a vegan egg yolk or eggy type products that can not be created with other egg substitutes.

In saying that, my interest in using The Vegg is still as a replacement for eggs in baking. There are just some recipes that call for too many eggs, and I really want to see if The Vegg is up for the challenge. Some baking seems far too complicated when adjusting recipes to make vegan and gluten-free so I hope that The Vegg might change that. As you may remember in my post about the arrival of The Vegg, I do not miss eggs. I cannot stand the smell of them. I am also really bad when it comes to the idea of vegan meat substitutes. Sometimes I think I am better off not eating them because if I do, I spend more time examining it and asking my husband if he thinks it is real meat. The Vegg wasn’t any different. Seeing this vegan egg yolk, identical to that of a real egg yolk and opening the package to get that eggy smell definitely had me questioning. However, the fact that it is not a real egg and that so many other vegans have been experimenting and enjoying The Vegg made me more open to the idea of trying it out. Plus, the main ingredient is nutritional yeast which contains many beneficial nutrients.

I figured that I needed to at least give The Vegg a chance and begin experimenting by trying out French Toast & Scrambled Veggs. I followed the French Toast recipe on The Vegg package, using 4 tsp Vegg powder, 1.5 cups of water, and replaced 1.5 cups soymilk with almond milk. The big tip to remember is to blend as you won’t be succesful mixing by hand. Adding cinnamon to the mix, I was ready to make my french toast. Unfortunately the gluten-free bread that I was using did not hold The Vegg as well, but it easily became bite sized french toast which was perfect for our little vegan. Although my husband did not grow up eating much french toast, he said that it was like what he remembered from years ago.

Gluten-Free Vegan Vegg French Toast

Gluten-Free Vegan Vegg French Toast

What did Zaedyn think of The Vegg? …

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I obviously misread the note about serving 3-4 people and should have made about half the amount. David was excited to try Veggs on toast as eggs on toast used to be a favourite so I decided to use the rest of the mix for this. I was getting the tofu out and ready to make Scrambled Veggs when I realised that I had put a lot of cinnamon in my Vegg mix. The only problem with this is that David isn’t a huge fan of cinnamon. He didn’t notice it in the french toast, but it had a much stronger taste in the Veggs. However, this turned out to be quite an eggy texture and taste that can definitely replace scrambled eggs. Just break the tofu in small pieces and add The Vegg. David preferred to have them plain, but I think that they would taste much better with lots of veggies added in!

Scrambled Veggs

I made a big jump and tried to make a dessert that I really used to love, chocolate souffle. I wasn’t quite sure how The Vegg would work with this, and I adjusted a recipe that used ingredients I would use including coconut flour and coconut oil. I was a bit disappointed when it didn’t quite work, but that doesn’t mean it won’t with a few adjustments. Either way, the smell of chocolate filled the air, and we used fresh strawberries to enjoy this chocolatey dessert. I will keep using The Vegg in my attempt to recreate recipes that call for eggs. I might leave the souffle for now though!

Vegg Souffle

If you are a blogger, Rocky is still looking for a few more people to test and review The Vegg. Until the end of December you can submit ‘original’ recipes for your chance to be part of the first Vegg cookbook. If you are just excited about The Vegg, you can try out this egg-free yolk replacer available in the US and online and look forward to the cookbook to be released in late 2013.

Where can you buy The Vegg?

http://www.thevegg.com/retail.html

Where can you find Vegg recipes now?

http://www.thevegg.com/

http://www.thevegg.com/recipes.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vegg/153553571377777?fref=ts

Raw Vegan Cauliflower Popcorn

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I haven’t quite decided what I think of this yet, but either way it was successful. The bowl was empty when Zaedyn and I finished. It is super easy and full of raw goodness. Plus I love raw cauliflower! Although I should use nutritional yeast more often, I don’t. I have previously used flakes and am trying the powder now. This is all about to change though.

Nutritional yeast, or nooch, will definitely become a part of my recipes and can easily be added to all sorts. Some people use it specifically for its “cheesy” flavour. As with meat and eggs, I am not a vegan that misses cheese; however, I can see the possibilities of using this as a “cheesy” flavour. I have been recreating a few dishes hoping to come across some new ideas for David as we both get stuck on our favourites. Not sure if the cauliflower popcorn will appeal to him, but I have a few new ideas on how to use nutritional yeast.

This idea of cauliflower “popcorn” began with Pinterest, and I searched quickly online to see what recipes were out there. I didn’t really follow any specific one as they are all pretty similar with the idea of oil, nutritional yeast, and spices. I chose to be different and use cayenne pepper which is high in vitamin A as well as containing B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, and capsaicin. If you do not want it spicy, you can use your favourite herbs or spices to make different flavours. We usually have avocado oil which is what I used, but you could substitute the oil for your choice as well. There isn’t a specific recipe, but more like guidelines, as it truly is versatile. To make it “cheesier” add more nutritional yeast. All you do is shake it up and eat. It really is that simple. If you do not want to eat it raw, you can also put this in a dehydrator. Just remember to buy nutritional yeast that is vegan and is fortified with B12. The nutritional yeast I bought has naturally produced B2 and B12 during fermentation, along with added B2 and B12 before the drying process as well as B1, B6, niacin, and folic acid. Now you see why I am happy that Zaedyn was eating it. I know that he was getting lots of beneficial nutrients.

Zaedyn tried to help me shake the “popcorn” up, but the container was a bit too heavy. He instantly examined it and tried a piece as soon as the lid was off. I love to see his curiosity and his willingness to try new things. He loved it! After moving from the ground to the table, he ate some more before taking it outside along with our paw paw smoothie. Kai was pretty curious as well! This will be another nutritious snack to remember.

How do you use nutritional yeast?