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Grocery shopping can be intimidating for new vegetarians: off-limits ingredients abound, and questionable products seem to lurk in every aisle. Is there lard in those beans? Anchovies in that dressing? When in doubt, use this handy cheat sheet to identify the most common supermarket foods and drinks that might not pass the veg test—and learn how to replace them with suitable substitutions.

Looking to replace conventional white sugar, brown sugar, or corn syrup with alternative sweeteners? Below are a few key pointers for choosing the best ones.

Replacing white sugar: When you need the performance only white sugar can provide—neutral flavor, white color, the ability to make hard crack syrup or brulée—turn to organic white sugar. It's vegan (not clarified through bone char as many white sugars are), less processed, and non-GMO.

A member of the stone fruit family thanks to its stone-
like pit, the sweet-tart apricot is so much more than 
a peach wannabe.

Here at VT, we’re always on the lookout for the latest-and-greatest vegan cheese. Kite Hill. Treeline. Dr-Cow. We've devoured it all. Our current obsession?

Welcome to our new column, Shop Like a Chef, in which we ask chefs at Natural Gourmet Institute to offer expert tips on choosing vegetarian staples.

Fresh summer produce is on the verge of running rampant. Hurray! There are endless, easy ways to incorporate variety, color, and vibrant flavors into your warm-weather cooking. Simply follow these tips for using seasonal fruits and veggies—whether you picked them up at your neighborhood farmers' market, closest grocery store, or your own rooftop garden.

Okra’s popularity extends throughout the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and the Southern United States. When cut, the ridged okra pod oozes a sticky substance that thickens stews, such as Creole gumbo or Middle Eastern bamya.

Cream cheese isn’t just for breakfast—use it to make light and luscious desserts, dips, pasta sauces, and more. Grab one of these VT fridge favorites.

1. Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese Style Spread

Looking for a little zing? This sophisticated chive-flecked goodie, made from almond milk, perks up any bagel—no extra toppings required.
$5.99/8 oz.; kite-hill.com

Welcome to our new column, Shop Like a Chef, in which we ask chefs at Natural Gourmet Institute to offer expert tips on choosing vegetarian staples.

Intimidated by the wall of oils at your local supermarket? Here are the top three varieties used at Natural Gourmet Institute for everyday cooking, plus a few handy tips for picking out the best bottles:

Arugula- Ricotta Omelet

Welcome to our new column, Shop Like a Chef, in which we ask chefs at Natural Gourmet Institute to offer expert tips on choosing vegetarian staples.

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