Before we go any further, let me unequivocally state, no, eggs are not vegan, and there is some debate as to whether or not eggs can be considered vegetarian. This vegan egg is not actually an egg, but it is actually vegan.
What Is VeganEgg?
The VeganEgg is made from algal flour, which is made from microalgae, and is, according to some business and food trend speculators, a future food which will burst on to the food scene―and our plates―by storm in the next few years and start showing up everywhere and in everything, much like quinoa and the gluten-free trend did a few years back. Both the VeganEgg and algal flour itself gluten-free, vegan, allergen-free, soy-free and all that good stuff.
Need another reason to love the VeganEgg? We all know by now that eating vegetarian and preferably vegan is one of the best decisions you can make for your own health and for the future of our planet, but check out this fact: Follow Your Heart can produce 100 VeganEggs with the same amount of water used to produce just one chicken egg. Plus, the entire production facility is almost entirely powered by solar energy?
How to Use It
While the box suggests using the VeganEgg to make scrambled eggs, this is only a small part of what it can be used for. Their website has a few recipe suggestions, like a nice looking quiche.
How to Cook "Scrambled VeganEggs"
The basic instructions for how to cook the vegan egg are as follows, however, keep reading for our personal tips:
- Whisk together two tablespoons of VeganEgg and 1/2 cup ice-cold water
- Pour into pre-heated and lightly oiled pan over medium-high heat (it should sizzle when it hits the pan)
- Immediately start scrambling the mixture
- Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, season and serve.
In a word―amazing! As you can see from the photo, it really is a dead ringer for scrambled eggs. The color and texture are spot on, much more of a doppelganger than tofu scramble. And the taste? Pretty darn good. The VeganEgg tastes very different than tofu scramble and tastes quite a bit like scrambled eggs. It definitely tastes "eggy".
With a bit of salt and pepper added to it, it took on a really powerful umami-like flavor, which made us want more. After our first taste test (and taking a few photos), we immediately whipped up a second batch. Enough said.
Right now, the VeganEgg is available at Amazon nationwide. No word on why Whole Foods hasn't yet picked it up for nationwide distribution, but we've seen it at a few smaller local organic and co-op grocery stores.