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Easy Vegan Substitutions

On Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, Eden travels the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars who invite her to devour their favorite dishes. We connected with them to pick their brains and score some exclusive advice and tips.

Every non-vegan in the world seems to be asking: “What are a bunch of easy substitutions I can use to make vegan versions of the dishes I love and have them taste exactly the same?”

I have some good news and some bad news for you: Sometimes it works perfectly, and sometimes a substitution can be great but just different than the taste of the meat or dairy it’s trying to emulate.

First, substitutions that taste great but not necessarily exactly the same:

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Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash With Quinoa, Spinach and Walnuts

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Bobby Deen's Butternut Squash and Quinoa

There’s a strategy to my weeknight cooking. I like my weeknight meals to be easy-to-make, fairly healthy and with leftovers enough to either take to lunch the next day, or versatile enough to transform into another dish later in the week (think pasta sauce becoming Eggs in Purgatory). Bobby Deen’s Butternut Squash With Quinoa, Spinach and Walnuts meets all of these qualifications — it’s super healthy (quinoa is a superfood you should be eating more of), ready in under an hour, plus it’s great hot or cold so if there’s a line at the microwave at work, I don’t really have to wait. Bonus: it’s made in one pot so there are fewer dirty dishes.

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