Whether you're a long-time vegan or just want to try your hand at this trendy diet, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning out your vegan cooking. Fortunately, we've got the tips you need to succeed with these plant-based recipes!
Going vegan is becoming common. What is veganism, and how do you define it? Let's get started below:
Veganism: What Exactly It Is?
Veganism is about consuming a 100% plant-based diet and avoiding animal-based products to show support against animal cruelty etc.
Most people who decide to adopt a vegan lifestyle struggle at the start. If you have recently gone vegan and need a few tips to start, you have come to the right place.
It is almost the start of a new year, with a vegan lifestyle is the right thing to do. It is the right time to start fresh by targeting it as your new year's resolution!
Go Vegan as a New Year Resolution
Although many people fail at fulfilling new year resolutions. If you set small goals and go about them the right way, you will adapt to a vegan lifestyle without any trouble.
Many people are switching to a vegan diet these days. However, you need a proper plan without which you may fail and wouldn't achieve the long-term benefits of a vegan diet.
Preparing tasty food is one of the necessary steps to successfully transition into a vegan lifestyle.
Vegan Cooking is Easier than You Think
Vegan cooking is easy to learn and is also tasty at the same time. It is a good and interesting hobby that will keep you busy and save you cash at the same time.
When you learn vegan cooking, there would be no need to eat at restaurants or buy frozen items. You will also consume healthy and fresh food made of quality ingredients at home.
As you get a good grip on your cooking skills, you would become passionate about the time spent in the kitchen doing chores such as vegetable chopping or boiling rice.
Mastering the basics of vegan cooking is not difficult. But if you are a novice, you wouldn't know how to get started. That is where this blog post can be handy.
Here are 25 vegan cooking tips for beginners to help them out if they are newbies or looking to add a few more vegan recipes to their cookbook:
1. Learn Vegetable Cooking Recipes
Being a vegan requires you to consume a plant-based diet. This means that the only way you will enjoy being a vegan is by learning to cook vegetables in a tasty way.
It is just a myth that vegetables have a dull taste. Almost all vegetables can give a yummy taste if they are prepared creatively. In fact, in a few dishes, you won't be able to recognize them. Some dishes include fries, casseroles, salads, soups, and even sweet dishes.
Don't forget to search for a good collection of yummy vegan recipes and learn to cook them to entertain yourself with vegan food.
2. Get Creative with Old Recipes
There are plenty of old recipes that you can recreate using vegetables. You don't have to give up extra ingredients such as butter, cheese, pasta sauces, or burgers. However, some vegans avoid these and want a purely plant-based diet. Can you find a balance between the two and get started with vegetable rolls or a pie?
3. Add New Ingredients
You can always add ingredients to your cooking arsenal. Vegan Cooking comes with a collection of new ingredients such as fruits and veggies that you may not be aware of. Instead of wondering what to do about those ingredients, search for new recipes to adjust these ingredients and start cooking new, healthy, and delicious vegan meals.
Fortunately, there are plenty of yummy recipes available on the Internet, and you can try one every day to keep it interesting! This would stop you from getting bored.
5. Vegan Cooking Basics
Although there is plenty of help available online or in different vegan cookbooks, you can still create amazing and yummy meals without using any recipe. T5 dishes serve as the fundamentals of vegan cooking for the beginners, such as:
- Shallow fried Veggies
- Vegetable and Fruit Salads
- Roasted or Baked Vegetables
- Veggie Sandwiches
- Stews & Soups
All the dishes under the categories mentioned above are simple and easy to learn and cook. You can make them in different ways. Shallow or stir-fry can involve fries. Try tofu with brown rice, peanut sauce with purple cabbage one day. Tamari-ginger sauce, tempeh, and peppers were served over quinoa the other day.
There are many ways to prepare salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries to avoid monotony. They all have vegetables full of nutrients with healthful foods you can eat. You will find a plethora of recipes in cookbooks and the Internet.
Besides the 5 basic foods, you must also cook beans and rice. Rice with beans is a good combination when served together. Rice can also be served with stir-fries, roasted veggies, and stews. Beans are not only nutritious but are also affordable, tasty, and can be cooked using different techniques.
4. Look for an Influencer
To get a good grip on vegan cooking, and build a list of your favorite recipes, look for inspiration. Check out cookbooks and check out Instagram and Pinterest in particular. These are full of amazing vegan recipes which you can create easily. Save the list for later when you need something for a healthy family dinner idea.
5. Customize and Add Personal Taste
Once you are confident about your vegan cooking skills, customize and add your unique touch to the recipes. It would develop new recipes for you. Before you know it, you will start loving the entire vegan cooking process and become more passionate than before!
6. Try Nutritional Yeast: A Versatile Ingredient
Nutritional yeast is one of the power vegan ingredients. It enhances the flavor with its rich cheesy taste and can be added to many savory dishes. It is a great alternative for salt if you want to cut down sodium intake. You can add it to make potatoes with cheese.
7. Get a Non-Stick Pan for Frying
Take out your non-stick frying pan and put it to use. Buy one if you don't have it, as most vegan recipes require frying to some degree. Frying in a pan is also good for conscious people, as it keeps the oil consumption in check. It's best for everyone who is looking to eat moderately.
8. Create Vegan Homemade Products
Vegans love using plant-based milk nuts, seeds, and butter, but did you know that you can create them at your home and that without spending a lot of time and money. Just buy a handful of ingredients and start creating your organic dairy products instead of buying the ones from the grocery stores.
9. Keep Only the Basic kitchen Equipment
Don't overstuff your kitchen with a lot of equipment. You only need a few quality pieces for cooking every day. Having unnecessary crockery would only add more stress. The same is true for vegan meals. So many dishes can be made with just a few ingredients. Most people assume that cooking a vegan dish would require a fancy kitchen, but that is not the case at all. Less is always more when it comes to vegan cooking.
10. How About Some Spices?
Spices add flavor to your food. Multiple combinations are available to turn an old meal into a new one. Follow recipes with the required spices and test, and try the new ones. After all, spice adds a unique taste to each dish.
11. Try Different Sauces for a Unique Flavor
Coconut, Soy Sauce, and other similar sauces add a lovely flavor to multiple dishes even when not creating a fancy meal. For instance, rice and beans can become super tasty with some Soy Sauce. Try adding some soy sauce and maple syrup for the required sweet taste if you are stir-frying!
12. Corn Starch for Thick and Creamy Sauces
The fried food needs sauces for the commentary taste. Try adding some Arrowroot powder to a vegan dish and see it doing its magic. It makes a perfect thick corn starch sauce that is sweet and savory. Before adding it to the sauce, create a paste in water with 1 tsp cornstarch and 2 tsp water. Add it 2 minutes before the sauce is ready to thicken.
13. Learn & Recreate
Learn some vegan recipes that are easy to cook and require minimal time and effort. Once you are confident in your vegan cooking skills, add different ingredients and switch different techniques to create something new daily.
For example, when you are familiar with cooking tasty oatmeal, try the one which has different superfood powders, fruits, butter varieties, and toppings. Similarly, you can add different spices to chickpea curry and vegetable soup. This is the best way to try a variety of food without cooking a new recipe!
14. Learn Some Sauces
Try and learn a few sauces. Add tahini and nut butter as the main ingredient to prepare a tasty sauce. The best part about nut butter is that plenty of nuts is available in the supermarket these days.
Every sauce has a unique flavor and can go with different savory and sweet dishes. For instance, try adding almond butter and peanuts to brownies and cookies. However, it will work well even with a curry sauce.
Drizzle tahini over different dishes with lemon juice for a savory taste.
15. Add Salt to Sweet Dishes
You can also add salt to sweet dishes. However, don't go overboard with it. Do it only if a sweet flavor gets a bit out of control. Adding a few berries in orange juice or salad creates a good mix of flavors. Many people like a pinch of salt in sweet dishes. It always works well with oats and fruits such as guava and oranges.
16. Always Shop for the Basic Ingredients
You can create many incredible vegan dishes from basic ingredients such as beans, potatoes to nuts and seeds. Add the basic ingredients to your shopping list. This way, you can create any meal with the stock available in the kitchen.
Check out vegan staples for some more ideas. How you want to cook depends on your personal preferences.
17. Learn to Veganize any Recipe
You can turn any recipe into a vegan one. Learn to switch all the basic ingredients and use the vegan ones to recreate your favorite old dish. This is particularly helpful when you are adopting the vegan way of living. Swap milk with plant milk made of coconut, almond or soy, etc.).
Use chia and flax eggs. Stir the eggs in either one tbsp chia seeds or 2 tbsp water. You can also use 1 tbsp ground flaxseed and 2 tbsp water for one egg. Switch honey for maple syrup and nut butter for regular butter for baking. This way, you will create your old recipes with vegan ingredients without learning anything new at all.
18. Create a Bowl when in Doubt
Nourish bowls are tasty and don't require any special cooking technique. They are versatile, and you can prepare a simple yet tasty meal in no time. Start with green leafy veggies such as arugula and spinach. Add carbohydrates such as pasta, potatoes, and rice. Then add proteins such as tofu and beans.
Add healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocado. Use a sauce such as tahini, drizzle, or vegan yogurt. Lastly, add extra vegetables and fruits for sweetness. You will get a balanced and nourishing meal with an amazing taste.
19. Prepare Ingredients in Advance
Many people assume vegan cooking is time-consuming. But, this is not true. There are several recipes that you can make in no time without any special preparation. You can further reduce kitchen time by preparing some ingredients in advances such as fruits, vegetables, and some spices.
For instance, some vegans prepare a few dishes such as rice on free days and use it either with stir-fries or curries on busy days. Create a list of foods you eat regularly and prepare some ingredients in advance to save time.
20. Start with Cookies when Baking
If you want some baked products as a vegan, try vegan cookies as a start. That's because baking cookies is simple and easy compared to the rest of the items. Try other baked items when you have a good grip on creating delicious vegan cookies.
Purchase a few vegan baking cookbooks for more recipes. There are many vegan baking series to buy from.
Don't fret if you are not good at baking. If your bread and cakes don't look perfect, purchase a bread machine. This way you will have perfect baked bread whenever you want.
21. Practice Knife Skills
As vegan cooking is about cutting and chopping vegetables, it's important to get some practice with a professional knife. It is a basic vegan kitchen accessory. To achieve an expert cutting level using a chef's knife, you need to do a lot of practice.
If you have cooking experience, check out how a professional chef chops a cucumber. You would be surprised at their skill level.
There are many YouTube videos where you can check plenty of kitchen tutorials for learning anything you want, including basic knife skills.
22. Food Processors
To cut down time and become more effective and efficient in vegan cooking, consider buying a food processor. Nothing works as smoothly as a food processor when chopping veggies. This is particularly helpful when you have a family or friends dinner/lunch. However, make sure you only use a food processor when there is a grand function. It requires extensive cleaning and is useful only when a big job. Other chores can be easily executed with a knife.
Large quantities of vegetables help save time and effort spent chopping, grating, and slicing. You can also purchase a good mini chopper if you want a big one yet. It can be used for chopping, and cleanup is also comparatively easier.
23. Air Fryers
You can also try air fryers for crunchy and textured fried but low-fat food. These work great for vegan snacks such as fries, tempura, and falafel. You may even find an entire cookbook devoted to air fryers.
24. Explore Vegan Cuisines from Around the World
Although a vegan lifestyle isn't that common, a good number of people all around the World still consume a veggie diet. You would be glad to know that many cuisines from different parts of the World already have famous vegan dishes which you can make easily.
That is mainly because the majority of people were unable to consume a diet based on animal products. There was no way to refrigerate food, and so then the meat was spoiled whenever stored or transported.
Some of the popular vegan-friendly cuisines around the World are shared below:
India: Dal with roti or chickpea curry
Mexico: Salsa, Beans, Corn tortillas with Guacamole and Rice
China: Shallow fried Veggies with rice
Italy: Pasta & marinara sauce
Middle Eastern: Falafel, Hummus, and baby ghanouj with vegetables
You would find plenty of vegan cookbooks dedicated entirely to one type of cuisine. Every famous cuisine has at least one vegan cookbook. Start with an easy-to-cook vegan recipe cookbook, then buy a second book devoted to regional cuisine. You can always search online for vegan cookbooks focused on different cuisines around the World.
You would be happy to know that many of these international dishes are cooked quickly. Chinese, Italian and Mexican cuisines have many vegan meals that are simple and yummy.
25: Essential Vegan Cooking Info: Recap
This guide contains all the helpful basic tips needed to start vegan cooking. Just spending some time practicing in the kitchen would have you turn into a master vegan chef in no time!
Summary : Here is a quick summary of the vegan cooking guide:
The vegan lifestyle isn't expensive. You don't need to fill your kitchen with expensive kitchen equipment. Just some basic accessories would be enough. However, do spend some money on a chef's knife.
Buy Instant Pot
For saving time, consider buying an Instant Pot. There is a vegan Instant Pot cookbook also available.
Step Up Your Veggie Shopping
Level up your grocery shopping game. Familiarize yourself with grocery stores with fresh vegetables and fruits. This way, you would know which place to visit when buying your next list of vegan groceries.
Buy a Different List of Veggies
Always try and buy a different set of veggies each time. This would add diversity to your taste, and you may also go for the items available on sale.
Keep a full Pantry
Keep your storage filled with items such as nuts, rice, pasta, oils, and spices. The half-half pantry would bore you with fewer dishes and cooking options.
Learn Vegan Recipes
Other than the new vegan recipes, recreate old ones and master key skills such as soups, stir-fries, sandwiches, and roasted veggies.
You can customize these recipes according to taste.
Get an Easy Vegan Cookbook in the Beginning
Also, make sure you get a simple and easy-to-cook recipe book at the start. Try out different cuisines related to vegan cooking from around the World. Start with Mexican cuisines as these are vegan-friendly and easiest to make.
Last but not the least, once you develop good vegan cooking skills, don't be afraid to try something fresh and unique. With just some practice, you would be able to prepare delicious vegan food in no time, and that too at a cheap price. The good thing with your cooking is never worrying about the ingredients based on animal products such as chicken stock or milk in your food.
Becoming a vegan can be fun when you learn to cook tasty vegan recipes. Try to be a little patient, and soon you will be an expert vegan cook! Happy cooking and good luck!
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