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 Post subject: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:33 pm 
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Hello, everyone :). I just got "Vegan With A Vengeance" for Christmas/Yule, and I'm loving the recipes. My one problem is that some of my housemates do not - I've got two mushroom-haters and two eggplant-haters, and so many of the recipes call for one or the other!

I know there's a simple solution. But I've been racking my brain trying to think of what veggie would substitute for either/both, and I'm coming up with nothing. Any ideas?

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:34 pm 
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I usually just leave mushrooms out entirely and don't replace them with anything. Obviously this doesn't work if it's a mushroom-centric recipe but like the scrambled tofu, for instance... just skip 'em.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:35 pm 
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maybe give us a specific recipe? i think different recipes would have different things that would be good subs.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:00 pm 
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I sub small pieces of seitan in the scramble because I hate mushrooms. I agree different recipes could call for different substitutions or some could just be omitted overall.


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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:47 pm 
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No eggplant? No mushrooms? DTMFA!

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:48 pm 
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I bet some tofu or squash would sub nicely. As other stated, though it depends on the recipe, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:55 pm 
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Thanks to all of you who posted helpful ideas.

I'll see if tofu or seitan will work, and possibly post again with specific recipes as ijustdiedinside suggested. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:49 am 
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If the mushrooms or eggplant are there to provide a bit of chewiness, then, yes slices of tofu or seitan might be just the thing. If you use tofu, I'd go with extra firm and press it well. Or maybe dry fry, bake, or broil it. Or use previously frozen tofu. If you can find blocks of konnyaku at an Asian market, thinly slice, boil to death, then use as a sub.
Canned jackfruit has a "meaty" texture. Sliced and grilled, baked, or broiled zucchini could work, especially to replace eggplant.
If the mushrooms are being used to provide umami, then depending on the recipe I would add some sort of other umami rich ingredient: soy sauce, miso, nutritional yeast, tomato.


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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:46 pm 
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I know this is sort of shilling my blog, but I'm allergic to eggplants, so last year I wrote a blog post about how to replace them in cooking. But it does sort of depend on the individual recipe.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
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Bumping this (very old!) thread, to ask about substitutes for the mushrooms in this "meatloaf" recipe: http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/01/m ... -love.html
I'm guessing the mushrooms are there for chewiness, so I was thinking maybe tofu as mentioned in previous posts, but would I substitute weight for weight? Or are there any better options people can think of?

I'm not a very adventurous cook so I usually just go with the recipe, but mushrooms are of the devil!

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
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jogirl wrote:
Bumping this (very old!) thread, to ask about substitutes for the mushrooms in this "meatloaf" recipe: http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/01/m ... -love.html
I'm guessing the mushrooms are there for chewiness, so I was thinking maybe tofu as mentioned in previous posts, but would I substitute weight for weight? Or are there any better options people can think of?

I'm not a very adventurous cook so I usually just go with the recipe, but mushrooms are of the devil!


Possibly pressed, marinated tofu? I think tofu on its own would be too bland and mushy to be a replacement but if you pressed it till extra firm and marinated it in some sort of savoury marinade - soy sauce, miso, marmite etc - it might work. You could add some TVP mince or pieces for chewiness.

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 Post subject: Re: Substitutes for mushrooms and eggplant?
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Thank you - I hadn't thought of TVP, that would probably work!

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