Embracing the vegan lifestyle can be a challenge to those who just started. There’s a huge chance that you have to think of your own vegan recipes to cook when you become a vegan. But you’ve never tried to cook before. Where can you start? Below are helpful tips for you to learn the cooking basics.
Invest in your kitchen.
Make sure you have enough supplies for you to start cooking up a storm. You would need to have a sharp, durable knife set that includes a paring knife and a chef’s knife. Get a vegetable peeler and cutting boards. Aside from a skillet, also have saucepans. For mixing, you can use mixing bowls, wooden spoons and spatulas. If you have the budget, get an oven and a blender too. A good vegan advice is to invest wisely and start with the most commonly used items.
Use fresh ingredients.
The better the ingredients you use, the better the quality of food you’re making. To do that, you should choose fresh ingredients. Don’t hesitate to go to numerous markets to find the best ones. Always wash your ingredients and prepare them accordingly. It’s best if you use measuring cups to find out how much you’re going to use. If you have leftover ingredients, store them in Ziploc bags or in air tight containers and find out how long you should be storing them. Don’t forget to label the date you’ve stored it and the inside. Start making a vegan meal plan so that you know what to buy.
Start small and work your way up.
You don’t have to impress anyone just to cook. Research on your vegan recipes and start with beginner dishes that have few ingredients. Once you get the hang of it, you can try experimenting with the foods that you like. Learn the different ways to cook like stir-frying, sautéing, and steaming. By doing this, it would help you save money, time and disappointments later on.
The secret is with the seasoning.
A vegan diet need not have foods that taste awful. You can add seasoning to enhance flavour to your meals. Always add them in small amounts and taste them once in awhile so you know what to adjust. If you think the dish is bland or tastes like cardboard, you can add a little bit of salt. There are many different kinds of herbs and spices to make your dishes unique. If you want something different in your meal you can add vinegar, lemon or even wine.
Living the vegan lifestyle doesn’t mean that cooking will be difficult or your dishes would taste awful. As with other eating lifestyles, a vegan diet with well-balanced meals is highly recommended. Here are two simple vegan recipes that you can try right away without compromising the taste.
Layered raw taco salad for two
Leafy green vegetables like lettuce and
Salsa of your choice
Walnut taco meat
Crackers/corn chips of your choice
- Place leafy green vegetables in a large bowl.
- Add the guacamole in the middle of the vegetables.
- Add the salsa.
- Add the walnut taco meat.
- Add cream sauce as desired.
- Place chopped tomatoes, red and green onions.
- Add crackers or corn chips.
Here’s the link to the recipe: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/06/12/layered-raw-taco-salad-for-two/
Early Morning Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
One large banana, chopped and peeled
Pinch of salt
1 tsp coconut oil or non-dairy butter
1 cup Almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
1/8 – 1/4 tsp Ground nutmeg
1/2-1 tsp ground flax or chia seeds
Pure maple syrup, nuts, cinnamon, peanut butter.
- Cook the non-dairy butter/coconut oil with the banana for 5 minutes in a pot over medium heat. Stir occasionally.
- Add the peanut butter and mix it with the other ingredients except the vanilla extract.
- Lessen the heat and simmer. Stir regularly for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
- Place them in a bowl and add toppings.
The main recipe can be found here:
See how easy the two recipes can be made? And the best part about it is that not only it is healthy, it is delicious! Cook foods that are easy at first and try to expand your knowledge with cooking. As you hone your cooking skills and make your own vegan meal plan, try combining foods that you might like. Always practice and don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it right the first time.
Practice makes perfect. This vegan advice is offered to chefs-in-training or for those that is frustrated in their cooking. By preparing your own meals, you know that it is healthier and cheaper than buying fast-food or processed foods. It is extremely rewarding and you can choose the foods to fuel your body’s needs.