Just Because It’s 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, 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 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 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 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 vegan pulled ‘pork’ sandwiches.
Additionally, the texture of ground-up black beans and portobello mushrooms make for convincing vegan burger patties, lentils stand in well for ground beef in dishes like vegan ‘meatloaf’, and with the right seasoning, tofu can seamlessly replace chicken.
One of the world’s top cuisines is super vegan-friendly
Dreading dining with friends after switching to a plant-based diet? Fortunately, conventional restaurants are getting better at catering to 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 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 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.