Just Because It’s Plant-based (Vegan) Doesn’t Mean It’s Boring

Thinking about taking the plunge into plant-based eating, but worried about having to eat uninspiring food? Thankfully, plant-based (vegan) diets can be as exciting as you choose to make them, a point will we happily prove in the article below.

Many plant-based foods are flavourful 

The perceived blandness of solely eating plants is one of the most common objections raised by those considering going plant based (vegan).

However, reviewing all the foods one can eat on a plant-based diet quickly busts this myth – from the sweetness of bananas to the savoury creaminess of avocados, you’ll won’t be forced to eat broccoli and spinach for dinner every night.

From the tanginess of kimchi to the subtle sweetness of baked sweet potato, there are plenty of flavour experiences to be had on a plant-based (vegan) diet.

The texture and taste of meat can be easily replicated 

Many meat-eaters are aware of the ethical and environmental implications of their consumption habits, but they fear to leave behind loved dishes, like meatloaf and steak dinners. They feel the flavours and mouthfeel animal products provide cannot be satisfied by plant-based meals, thereby holding them back from adopting a plant-based (vegan) lifestyle.

This is another easy stereotype to disprove – thanks to advances in the field of plant-based cookery, new ingredients and techniques can now reliably reproduce these experiences.

Jackfruit has stringy, neutral tasting flesh, which can take on the flavour of whatever it is cooked in –  as a result, it has become the central ingredient in plant-based, (vegan) pulled ‘pork’ sandwiches.

Additionally, the texture of ground-up black beans and portobello mushrooms make for convincing plant-based burger patties, lentils stand in well for ground beef in dishes like plant-based ‘meatloaf’, and with the right seasoning, tofu can seamlessly replace chicken.

One of the world’s top cuisines is super plant-based (vegan)-friendly – Indian 

Dreading dining with friends after switching to a plant-based diet? Fortunately, conventional restaurants are getting better at catering to plant-based eaters (vegans) – when it is your turn to pick restaurants, though, we suggest eating out at an Indian restaurant.

Home to significant Hindu (don’t eat beef), Muslim (don’t eat pork), and Jain (wholly vegan) populations, the Indian subcontinent has produced a cuisine which remarkably friendly to those on a plant-based diet.

From Aloo Gobi (a dry curry made from cauliflower and potato) to Masala Dosa (a savoury pancake made from fermented rice and dahl, wrapped around potatoes and onions – just be sure to ask them not to brush it with ghee), there will be no shortage of delicious entrees to order at these establishments.

Variety will make your plant-based (vegan) diet work 

One of the biggest mistakes a rookie plant eater can make is to get stuck on a few set meals consisting primarily of bland ingredients.

While eating the rainbow is an often-cited tip to help plant-based eaters (vegans) get their recommended intake of essential vitamins and nutrients, it can also help stop you from falling into culinary stagnation.

By trying out new plant-based foods and recipes on a regular basis, you will reduce the chance of falling back into your old ways of eating.

Spice is the flavour of life 

Not only do many spices and herbs have medicinal properties, they jazz up the blandest recipe and make it sing.  The humble spud mash is a burst of flavour when you add your favourite spice or herb.

We love adding coriander and avocado to our mash, or Moroccan spices for a more Middle Eastern flavoured mash.  It can as simple as adding spice to mash, adding in some peas, corn, broccoli and beans to give you a simple, quick, yum dish that is satisfying all round.

For a bunch of plant-based recipes, check out My Healing Kitchen book: http://flourishnutritionalmedicine.com.au/products/my-healing-kitchen-cookbook/