Good Italianate-Vegans should have the following items in stock, at all times

Agave Nectar – sweeter than HFCS, but when used sparingly, a great replacement for honey.

APF – All-Purpose-Flour. Whole wheat flour is vastly superior, but sometimes you must make concessions.

Bragg’s – the proprietary eponym associated with the liquid protein containing 16 essential aminos. Bragg’s is a delicious, non-GMO, truly low sodium (160mg/serving) sub for soy sauce (Kikkoman “Less Sodium”).

Egg-replacer – a powdery, bitter plant-based derivative. Mix 1 tbsp with 2.5 tbsp water to create the binding power needed for dredging, baking and general use in recipes that call for eggs. Available from Bob’s Red Mill and Ener-G. Arrow root or applesauce may also be subbed depending on the desired consistency of final product.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – cold-pressed and from Italian olives. Full of good fat and robust flavor. Don’t skimp, make sure it is green.

Gravy Master – essential, entirely plant-based item for adding color and flavor. Just a few drops are all that is needed to give gravies (know the difference), soups, stews and meat analogues that extra body. Check it.

Italvital wheat gluten. Frankly, I don’t care if gluten is good for you or not. It helps give wonderful texture to many dishes (namely seitan). My name association here is derived from the Rastafarian word for vital (the universal rules for eating and living).

Liquid Smoke – exactly as it’s name suggests, a small bottle of smokey flavored things. It is a dish enhancer, not the dish itself. Use sparingly in facony applications as well as roasted eggplant babaghanoush.

Nooch – nutritional yeast flakes; high in protein, omega and B vitamins, very low in sodium; great cheesy/savory flavor. Sub for parmesan.

Pink Himalayan – delicate crystals of pink salt, harvested from the foothills of the Himalayans.


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