New Year, New Menu
A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO INCREASING PLANT-BASED FOODS IN YOUR DIET
Introducing Plant-based meals and lifestyle choices can be much easier than it may seem. Year round we have access to a wide selection of colourful fruits, vegetables, legumes and plant-foods that are rich in nutrients, texture and flavor. I can assure you, eating plant-based is anything but boring!
After over a decade of flip-flopping from a meat-eater to a vegetarian to ultimately a plant-based diet for the past 5 years, I truly understand how intimidating the transition can be. The shift away from animal sources of food to more plant-based meals is most successful when it is a gradual process rather than an all-or-nothing approach. Perhaps start with just one day a week, this allows for the opportunity to learn new recipes and meal plan.
Get familiar with local health food stores and neighborhood vegetable markets; seek out more than one supplier for fresh produce, legumes, natural ingredients, nuts & seeds, herbs & spices. This will make it easy to include a variety of foods and sources.
Tip: Purchase dry ingredients (oats, nuts, seeds, legumes, grain) in bulk if available. The financial savings are significant!
“Plant-based” does not mean the food is automatically healthy, to ensure good nutrition;
Stay away from long ingredient lists that are full of artificial additives
And consume fresh homemade meals as often as possible.
Here are some tips on how to keep ideas fresh and exciting.
Google search recipes,
Follow veg-friendly foodies, chefs and brands, on their social media pages or sign-up for free newsletters.
I am never tired of experiencing the joyful delight of a friend or dinner guest who is surprised at how delicious plant-based meals and desserts can taste. For the novice or the plant-based gourmet, my recipes are delightfully simple and nutritious.
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To get you started in the kitchen here are two of my favourite plant-based recipes. Enjoy!
VEGAN CHOCOLATE BARK
Watch the video on how to make this fantastic recipe here.
70% Cacao dark chocolate chips (vegan & organic)
Raw almonds and cashews
Black sesame seeds
Pink Himalayan salt
Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler, spread onto a dish lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the other ingredients onto the warm chocolate, as generously as desired. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Cut into large chunks and serve.
Pomegranate SaladPOMEGRANATE CUCUMBER LIME SALAD
¼ cucumber diced into small pieces
2-4 sprigs of fresh cilantro
1 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp. hemp hearts
Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste (optional)
Place all ingredients in a bowl, toss and serve.