Last year, blogger/chef/vegetarian author Tony Bishop-Weston created an uproar with his blog post announcing the release of the first vegan friend egg.
The post, which was featured on his popular blog, World Vegetarian and Vegan News, was intended as an April Fool’s joke. Well, people were fooled, but they were also very disappointed to find out it was all a hoax. One reader, however, was inspired. His name is Rocky Shepeard and as announced last week in Mother Nature News, he has indeed created the world’s first vegan egg.
Finally, An Egg We Can Eat!
The Vegg is animal-product free as well as gluten free and it’s creating an uproar all its own. Vegans and vegetarians who have been missing their sunny side ups are now rejoicing.
The Vegg is made from yeast flakes and a salt called kala namak. There is no soy, no gluten and absolutely no egg in it, making it an ideal substitute for anyone who has allergies to any of those ingredients. Vegetarians and vegans will also be delighted to know that the Vegg has 5.3g of protein, which is nearly equivalent to that in chicken eggs (5.6g on average) yet has far less fat and cholesterol.
A Good Egg for a Great Cause
Shepheard is committed to reducing animal cruelty in food production and The Vegg can help that cause in two distinct ways.
Here’s what Shepeard has to say about that on The Vegg website:
“The Vegg is all-vegan, which is great news for the more than 250 million egg-laying hens in the US, most of whom spend their lives intensively confined inside barren wire cages. And since it’s made using 100% plant-based ingredients — fortified nutritional yeast (dry yeast, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin hydrochloride, folic acid, B12), sodium alginate, black sea salt, beta carotene — it’s also 100% cholesterol-free, which makes it heart-healthy, too.
Plus, every time you buy The Vegg, you can have an even greater positive impact because 10% of net sales will be donated to Compassion Over Killing until 2014!”
You really have to applaud the idea that we can buy a product that really adds something to the way we choose to eat and also does something so right.
The Incredible, Versatile
You can fry your egg, as the picture from The Vegg website shows, or you can use it for making cakes, puddings, omelets and everything else eggs are used for. The Vegg website has a number of delicious sounding recipes. They even tell you how to make homemade pasta using The Vegg.
What I’m hearing is that The Vegg is remarkably similar to chicken eggs in taste and texture. One of the things I really missed after going vegetarian was baking with eggs, so I’m really excited to check these out. If they’re as good as everyone is saying, my cooking life is about to look much brighter. For that matter, so is my eating life.
Let’s Check Them Out and Share the Results
I’ve placed my order and am eagerly awaiting my shipment. I have every intention of making my first omelet in
years. I’ll be sure to let you know the results. In the meantime, you can visit The Vegg and check it out for
yourself. (We have no affiliation with The Vegg website BTW!) If you try them, report back and let us know how you liked them and what recipes you used them in!