By Autumn Ladouceur, former TVA communications intern
This week I took my first “crack” at cooking with Vegg, the new product made with nutritional yeast and other ingredients, that when mixed with water forms an egg-tasting and egg-yolk-textured product. With this you can make a number of things from egg salad to Hollandaise sauce.
I decided to try out one of the quiche recipes in the Vegg cookbook. You can also see the recipe here on their website.
The recipe comes with instructions to make a vegan piecrust, but to make it even simpler I used the Wholly Wholesome whole-wheat crust. If you don’t have time to get to a health-food store the no name® piecrust in the plain yellow box is vegan and widely accessible. Prep for this recipe took less than 20 minutes, and baking took about an hour.
To start, preheat the oven to 400F. You’ll need 1 head broccoli, an onion and a clove of garlic, chopped. Steam the broccoli, and fry the onion and garlic until tender. Next you need to mix up your egg substitute. The recipe asks you to mix 4 tsp Vegg with 1 cup water and blend that with 1 oz of silken tofu.
The first thing I noticed was that it really did smell just like an egg. The tofu makes the mixture resemble a yolk and egg white.
Add salt and pepper to your egg mixture to taste. To assemble your quiche, pour the vegetables into your pie crust. Next, add the Vegg and tofu mixture and mix so it is all evenly layered. Lastly, top your quiche with a vegan cheese of your choice. I used Daiya cheddar and it worked well.
The recipe says to bake for 45 minutes, but I baked mine for 55, and let it rest for 5 minutes after. The resting period was important because that was when the egg mixture set and firmed up so we could slice it.
While I waited, I made the equivalent of a soft-boiled yolk to dip toast in! All you do is mix a ½ tsp of Vegg with 1/8 cup of water, blend and then microwave for 30 seconds. Add salt, and its ready to go.
The finished product of this quiche recipe was not only beautiful, but also delicious. Just like mom used to make!
My experience with this new product is that it’s easy to use, and works well. Currently, Vegg is only available in the US, and you can order it at www.thevegg.com/shop or through Vegan Essentials.
But, I have great news for you! A Canadian importer called QEI will soon be importing and distributing in Canada in the next couple of months and you can now pre-order your Vegg here!
If you want to encourage your local health food store to carry it, retailers can contact Nina at firstname.lastname@example.org to place their order!