With plant-based diets gaining in popularity, it’s no wonder that this style of living has developed its own set of vocabulary or slang words. To keep you in the loop, we’ve curated a list of our personal favorites along with some handy tips on how to incorporate them into your life.
Veganize: Pretty straightforward, we know, but you can really use this term frequently. It means taking non-vegan recipes, and making them into a vegan version aka; food a vegan can eat! It’s a fun way to get creative with plant-based food.
How to use: “Oh this recipe would be great if we veganized it!”
Aquafaba: A strange word, but with a cool plant-based meaning. It is the thick liquid in a can of chickpeas or any other beans/legumes, and it can be used in recipes often to replace eggs or egg whites. It’s useful for thickening, binding, emulsifying, and foaming. The aquafaba from chickpeas works best, in our opinion. You can also make your own Aquafaba at home, but the canned varieties tend to work best. In general, one egg can be replaced with 3 tablespoons of aquafaba. *A helpful tip is that unsalted cans of chickpeas work best for aquafaba in sweet recipes.
How to use: “Time to add the aquafaba in!”
Flegg: A hip new term for a flax egg. Made from flax meal and water, Fleggs are an easy substitute for eggs. A Flegg is ideal for baking as it aids in binding and adds in some moisture too.
How to make it: Take 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to take shape and thicken. This is roughly equal to one egg in a recipe. Test it out in our Blueberry Pancake recipe.
How to use: “To replace 1 egg in the recipe I just used 1 flegg.”
Nooch: A cool new slang for nutritional yeast. A form of deactivated yeast, nutritional yeast is a nutrient-dense staple for plant-based diets. Fortified with B vitamins (including B12), it has a very savory, cheesy flavor. The yellow flakes are great to use as a topper on salads, popcorn, or soups. It’s also beneficial as a flavoring agent in plant-based cheese recipes and as a thickener to sauces and soups.
How to use: “Did you add some nooch to the popcorn?”
Booch: A perfect follow up to nooch, booch is just slag for the fermented beverage kombucha. It’s easier to say, rolls off the tongue and is a tasty drink that many people enjoy daily. It’s made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast and has been known to be a source of probiotics.
How to use: “I can’t wait to have a nice cold booch at lunch!”
Time to take your new vocab for a spin, and try out a few of these awesome plant-based products if you haven’t yet.