Are you considering adopting a plant based lifestyle? With so many restaurants and grocery stores now catering to vegans and vegetarians, making the switch has never been easier. From the numerous health benefits, to supporting animal welfare and environmental sustainability, there are so many reasons for why veganism is now considered mainstream.
With that said, some people still find the thought of going vegan somewhat daunting, but today we’re here to put an end to that misconception. Today, we look at the top 5 kitchen secrets of an effortless vegan, so read on to find out more!
1. Gather Your Tools
Browse through your supermarket shelves and freezers and you’ll find an overwhelming selection of delicious vegan or plant-based meatballs, mince, sausages and so much more. While these options are indeed delicious, one cannot simply survive on processed food alone. This is where having the right tools and appliances in your kitchen can really come in handy.
By investing in a few essentials such as a food processor or blender, you can be in control of what you eat, as you’ll always have the ability to prepare beautiful plant-based meals that are loaded with both flavour and nutrition.
2. Get Acquainted With Spices
One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about vegan food is that they’ll have to give up the delicious meals they’re so used to in favour of bland, tasteless vegetables that just don’t satisfy our taste buds. Well, unfortunately for the critics, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you’re considering adopting a plant-based lifestyle or diet, then spices are going to be your best friend. Some of our favourite flavour powerhouses include smoked paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, turmeric, caraway seeds, ginger, dill, oregano, and sage amongst many others. These spices have the ability to truly liven up any dish, whether that be roasted potatoes, or a delicious and hearty seitan steak. Moral of the story — don’t be afraid of your spice rack!
3. Do Your Research
Thanks to the internet, we have a wealth of information at the tip of our fingers, meaning it is now easier than ever to research recipes, tips, tricks, and general information about cooking and supporting your new vegan lifestyle. With so many recipe blogs and websites dedicated to plant-based food, you’ll never run out of ideas for dinner.
Many resources also help you understand the science involved when it comes to ingredient substitutions. If you decide to forego animal derived foods, we highly recommend spending a couple of weeks dipping your toes into all things related to veganism before jumping in with both feet. Remember — many doctors and studies have proven that you can get all you need from plants (yes, even protein), but in order to maintain your vitality, you’re going to have to deepen your understanding about food and nutrition.
4. Keep A Well Stocked Pantry
Keeping a well-stocked pantry is an absolute must for anyone who is looking to make the transition into veganism. Making sure that you keep a cupboard full of what we call “vegan essentials” is the best way to ensure you’re always prepared to dish up some delicious vegan goodies.
Some key staples include nutritional yeast (which is loaded with B vitamins and protein), soy sauce, rice, quinoa, pasta, tinned tomatoes, lentils, legumes, coconut milk, and tinned beans. Of course, there are a ton of other things you can and should have in your pantry, but these basics will ensure that you never go hungry!
5. Find Yourself Some Cooking Buddies
Last but not least, cooking is always more fun when it is done with friends and family. Togetherness in the kitchen can make the entire process of transitioning to a vegan diet that much more exciting, and you’ll be able to share the joys of enjoying a delicious vegan meal that you have prepared with all your loved ones.
If you don’t have anyone at home who wants to join you on your plant-based journey, do not fret. There are so many vegan cooking classes and community meetups that you can attend in order to connect with like-minded individuals and perhaps even make a few good friends whom you can share the pleasure of cooking with!
Going vegan doesn’t have to be difficult, nor does it have to be daunting. By doing your research, experimenting with new recipes and trying new products, you’ll find that leading a plant-based lifestyle is so much easier than you had ever anticipated! All the best and bon appetit!