Vegan food is becoming popular across the world. More and more people are turning to plant-based diets for their health, their conscience, and the planet. Everyone could do with more plants in their diet. But many people are put off by the thought of meatless dishes.
The good news is, vegan food doesn’t have to be bland, tasteless or slimy. In fact, there are hundreds of ways to make plant-based dishes that are delicious. You just need to follow a few simple tips.
Use herbs and spices
There’s nothing worse than bland food, no matter what it is. When preparing vegan food, don’t be afraid to get spicy! Include your favourite herbs and spices wherever you can.
Not sure what to try? Savoury dishes go great with herbs and spices such as basil, sage, cayenne, oregano, turmeric and parsley. Sweet dishes can get their flavour from cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Get creative!
Don’t overcook plants
Every one of us has experienced overcooked vegetables. There is nothing delicious about it! Plants can very quickly go from crispy and nourishing to slimy in minutes.
That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on your food as it cooks. You can also try gentler or quicker methods such as stir-frying and sauteing. This will give you crisper, more flavoursome vegetables.
Learn to prepare ingredients properly
Many people have sworn off foods that they’ve only tried once. However, it may be that they didn’t prepare them properly. Know your ingredients, and how to make them tasty.
A common example in plant-based diets is quinoa. Many people complain about the bitter taste because they haven’t rinsed the quinoa. Quinoa has a component called saponins. These bitter phytochemicals are designed to ward off insects but can give us a tummy ache.
Try something new
If you’re moving across to a plant-based approach, you might stick to what you know. But the best way to eat a healthy vegan diet is variety! A variety of foods means a variety of nutrients and antioxidants to keep you happy and healthy.
Try experimenting with new grains and pseudo-grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Use different oils for different dishes. Have a range of nut and seed products on hand. More variety means less boredom. Your taste buds will thank you!
Get your superfood on
There are so many superfoods out there, and almost all of them are plant-based. They offer plenty of nutrients, boosts of energy, antioxidants aplenty, and more. Want to know more about my top vegan superfood picks? Check out this post over at Lady Qs.
What are your favourite vegan food dishes? Share below!