Whether you are trying to go full vegan or just want to take advantage of the many health benefits afforded by the vegan diet, cooking plant based meals can be a highly rewarding experience – and tasty as well. One thing that you will quickly realize, however, is that without the use of animal products, cooking quality meals takes a good deal more creativity and planning than the ‘traditional’ approach.
The first thing that you should do is to arm yourself with a complete list of vegan food recipes. You can check out our recipes for vegan food here (insert link here). Many of the recipes re surprisingly simple, only requiring a slightly different approach to how the ingredients are prepared.
Contrary to what many believe, the vegan food list is long and diverse but there are a few staples that you will see reappearing on most of the vegan food recipes. Ingredients like nuts and products derived from nuts, legumes, whole grains, and seeds like hemp, chia and flax are common, as are the complete range of vegetables and fruits. There are also plenty of meat substitutes available like tofu and seitan that are both tasty and nutritious.
When creating your vegan food list, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Fruit – Always keep a wide variety of fruit on hand, as many vegan recipes call for it. Fresh fruit is good, but frozen and dried fruit are also healthy options.
- Vegetables – Another source of nutrition that is crucial to the vegan diet are vegetables. You should buy veggies to be eaten raw and cooked. Leafy greens are also important, as are frozen options.
- Whole grains – Bread, tortillas, Bagels, and pasta are just a few of the tasty items from the whole grains list. Also, keep on hand ingredients like brown rice, quinoa, oats, and wheat.
- Legumes and beans – As an excellent source of protein and valuable micronutrients, legumes and beans are a vegan’s best friend. There is an almost endless list of things you can do with the items in this category and having a range of options available to you is recommended.
- Soy and other met substitutes – There are a large number of products available designed to serve as direct replacements for meat. Veggie burgers, tofu, tempeh, and vegetable proteins are all examples of this category.
- Nuts and seeds – Not only are nuts and seeds an excellent source of protein, but they also supply us with a long list of other nutrients.
You might also like to know that there are plenty of ways to get vegan food without doing the cooking yourself. Many of the top Vegas restaurants have vegan menus that are as delicious as they are healthy.