Use the conversion list on my substitutions page to learn what you can use in place of animal ingredients .
Remember a few tips:
*Read ingredients* to make sure you are buying vegan (meat and dairy free/egg free) products. Beware of animal bone char and animal derivatives. Also, some brands make both a vegan and non-vegan version, which could contain dairy, so read ingredients. Many products are gluten-free and may be labeled this way on the packaging, but read ingredients. Always avoid HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). FYI, the corn industry is trying to change this name, which would take some time if it gets approved. It’s their way to trick consumers.
*Add Flaxseed* (finely ground) to salads, soups, pastas, even ice cream (soy or rice based, of course). My favorite dessert is Purely Decadent Vanilla Ice Cream with a teaspoon of Flaxseed and a teaspoon of salted sunflower seeds. Yum! Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9 Fatty Acids and is a great source of Fiber. It also mixes great in shakes and smoothies. You can always use flax oil, but do not heat the oil as it gets a bitter taste. Instead, add to already prepared heated foods.
You can buy your vegan products at some chain grocery stores, or try Whole Foods for more specialty items, Trader Joes, or any other health food store. Always ask your store to carry a product. They will special order it for you. I do this every so often at Whole Foods.