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I Tried Plant-Based Eggs And Honestly, My Mind Is Sort Of Blown


Hey, I’m Hannah, and let me start off by saying I am not a vegan. BUT I am always looking for amazing products and recipes that will help me cut back on dairy and meat.

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A few months ago, I tested out a bunch of meatless and dairy-free products and recipes, and I found a few winners that I’ve continued to make ever since.

So when I read about these new plant-based eggs that are about to hit grocery stores across the country, I was curious to try them for myself.

They're made by a company called Just For All, which also makes dairy-free salad dressings, mayonnaise, and even cookie dough.

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They’re made by a company called Just For All, which also makes dairy-free salad dressings, mayonnaise, and even cookie dough.

Eggs are one of my favorite foods, and I eat them all the time — in veggie-packed omelettes, soft boiled in soups, and poached on avocado toast. But my absolutely favorite way to eat eggs is scrambled.

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Hannah Loewentheil/Angle News

So, I got my hands on Just For All’s new vegan “eggs,” and I have to say I was very skeptical at first. The photos online looked way too good to be true — the vegan eggs looked pretty much identical to real scrambled eggs.

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Just For All eggs are made from mung beans, a legume that gelatinizes when it cooks, in addition to turmeric, which gives the vegan eggs their color.

The vegan scramble is low-calorie but a pretty good source of protein. Whereas one egg contains about 70 calories and 6 g protein, a serving of Just eggs contains 45 calories and 5 g protein.

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The vegan scramble is low-calorie but a pretty good source of protein. Whereas one egg contains about 70 calories and 6 g protein, a serving of Just eggs contains 45 calories and 5 g protein.

But let’s get to the most important questions: How do you cook this stuff? And how does it actually taste?

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According to the package instructions, you cook the Just eggs like you’d make any scrambled eggs. So I grabbed some olive oil, salt, and pepper from my pantry.

TBH, I'd usually use butter to cook scrambled eggs, but I wanted to do it the vegan way.

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TBH, I’d usually use butter to cook scrambled eggs, but I wanted to do it the vegan way.

When you first pour the vegan eggs into a frying pan, they’re very loose and runny — a bit more watery looking than regular beaten eggs. But they quickly firm up as they cook.

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Hannah Loewentheil/Angle News

After about three minutes, they looked strikingly similar to scrambled eggs — the color, the texture, everything.

At this point, I'll admit, I was a little weirded out. I hadn't tasted the Just eggs yet, but I couldn't believe a legume could be cooked into this scrambled egg-like texture. If you handed me a plate of these without telling me they're vegan, I would never be able to guess.

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At this point, I’ll admit, I was a little weirded out. I hadn’t tasted the Just eggs yet, but I couldn’t believe a legume could be cooked into this scrambled egg-like texture. If you handed me a plate of these without telling me they’re vegan, I would never be able to guess.

As for the consistency, they were similar to scrambled eggs. They were a bit firmer than your typical light and airy scramble, but still moist. If you’re like me and you prefer your scrambled eggs a little undercooked and just slightly runny, you may not love this vegan version.

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BUT they were good… much better than I was ever expecting. And the flavor was insanely similar to that of real scrambled eggs, just a bit less creamy.

I ate the Just eggs on a slice of toast, but I would definitely try scrambling them with a bunch of sautéed vegetables or plain and simple with chives.

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I ate the Just eggs on a slice of toast, but I would definitely try scrambling them with a bunch of sautéed vegetables or plain and simple with chives.

Even my dog, Hudson — who always runs to my side as soon as he sees a plate of scrambled eggs — was convinced by the Just eggs. He happily gave them a try.

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TL;DR: The Just vegan eggs completely defied my expectations. They honestly tasted just like regular scrambled eggs, and the consistency was similar too, but not identical.

* If you like your eggs super fluffy and airy, this vegan version probably won't cut it. They're a bit more firm and almost a bit rubbery in texture. But taste wise, if you add spices, herbs, or condiments, you might not even notice a difference.* If you are vegan, allergic to eggs, or simply trying to avoid eating eggs, these are an amazing alternative. They'll most likely satisfy your craving.* You can get creative and eat Just eggs any time of day in recipes from breakfast sandwiches to fried rice.

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* If you like your eggs super fluffy and airy, this vegan version probably won’t cut it. They’re a bit more firm and almost a bit rubbery in texture. But taste wise, if you add spices, herbs, or condiments, you might not even notice a difference.

* If you are vegan, allergic to eggs, or simply trying to avoid eating eggs, these are an amazing alternative. They’ll most likely satisfy your craving.

* You can get creative and eat Just eggs any time of day in recipes from breakfast sandwiches to fried rice.

If you’re hoping to try Just eggs, you’re in luck. You can find where they’re available online. And the company announced that next month, they’ll be available in grocery stores in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and across the Midwest, and soon after that, they’ll be available nation wide.



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