Are you thinking of transitioning to a plant-based diet? Or maybe you just want to eat more plant-based foods? Well, this blog post has a range of tips and tricks to help you transition to a plant-based diet. It will hopefully also take your plant-based cooking to a whole new level.
I'm not going to lie and say that transitioning to a plant-based diet will be easy. Often people expect it to go smoothly and hopefully it will for you. However, you most likely will experience a few bumps along the way. Finding ways to prepare food that you love will undoubtedly make the transition a lot easier. So without further ado, here is my list of 10 cooking tips and tricks to help you out.
Learn how to cook vegetables that taste good
Chances are, you probably aren't used to eating as many vegetables as you most likely will be on a plant-based diet. While you may be used to only having them as a less than satisfying side to your main, there are ways that you can make them taste great.
There are heaps of different ways that you can prepare and cook them. Even techniques that you can hide them in a dish, so you don't even notice them. Think of stir-fries, pasta, burgers and even dessert! If you are after some inspiration, check out some of my recipes. A new one is released each week.
Recreate old favourites
You may love a particular meal that you thought you would never be able to have again. Well, I am happy to say more likely, then not you will be able to recreate a similar dish. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to reinvent the wheel every time you prepare a plant-based meal.
Learn how to veganise a recipe
This is a great way to recreate your old favourites. You just need to know how to substitute things like milk, butter, eggs and honey to vegan alternatives.
For example, swap:
"Normal" milk for plant-based milk like oat, soy, coconut or almond
Chicken eggs for flax eggs. Make a flax egg by mixing 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 2 tbsp of water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes
"Normal" butter for a dairy-free alternative like nuttelex. Alternatively, you can try different nut butter instead of regular butter for baking.
Honey for maple syrup or rice malt syrup
Try new ingredients
Once you become more familiar with plant-based cooking, it is time to expand your palate. When I first when vegetarian I stuck with vegetables I knew, and I got bored so fast!
However, as I continued on and transitioned to the plant-based diet I follow today, I started to incorporate new ingredients I had never even heard of before. And needless to say, I have some new favourites.
Chances are you will also find some new favourites, and it will help keep your meals interesting. Without overwhelming yourself start to look for some new recipes to try.
Which brings me to finding inspiration. When starting on a new diet, the best thing to do it learn from others. Buy cookbooks, browse Google and Pinterest for new recipes. You will find ideas for everything from healthy dinners, to snacks and desserts.
Don't always follow recipes
Once you become more familiar with plant-based cooking, don't be afraid to change it up a bit. I love finding ways to change up a recipe to make it healthier or just that little bit tastier. Don't be afraid to go for it and create something new.
Have plenty of herbs and spices
Did you know a well-stocked spice rack can actually help you have a more wholesome diet? No? Well, read my blog post all about it here.
Less is more
People are often put off from plant-based cooking because they think that it requires fancy kitchen equipment and ingredients, but that is 100%, not the case. All you need is a few good quality pieces that you know you will use a lot for your cooking. For example, one must-have for me is an excellent non-stick frying pan. I use it all the time and helps me limit my use of oil, which I prefer to have in moderation.
Food is the same. It is amazing how many dishes can be cooked using the same simple ingredients. Of course, new ingredients are fun, but its good to have a few staples around.
Have a shopping list of essential ingredients
Like I said above, it is amazing how many dishes can be cooked using the same simple ingredients. That is why it is helpful to have a go-to shopping list. It will ensure that you always have those staples in your kitchen.
Always keep learning
In the five years since I went plant-based, a lot has changed. There are new ingredients, cooking methods and recipes. There will always be something for you to improve upon or learn, and I encourage you to do so. A great way to do this is to host dinner parties with your friends, so you have an incentive to try something new.
What do you think of these cooking tips? Will they help you? Or am I missing anything? Let me know.
What you should do now
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