What intention did you set for 2021? If it involves eating better, can we suggest enjoying more plant-based meals in your diet? There are simple and fuss-free ways to do it sustainably and without any shock. Do I need to mention delicious? In fact, this is how we transitioned our diet three years ago.
There was no big moment, just small, everyday adjustments that you can also try if you are curious about adding more plant-based food to your table this year. Here are some easy recommendations that we hope you can try:
1. Make it accessible, not weird.
Would you agree that a fragrant bowl of fresh tomato pasta with herbs or crispy veg tempura is a great entry into the world of plant-based food?
It is so normal, and delicious. Sure, there are more out-there options to try, like seitan and nutritional yeast, but why not keep it simple and recognizable to start?
2. Get creative.
It is incredibly fun to rediscover fruits and vegetables and interpret them in creative ways. In The Philippines, banana hearts and blossoms are common, and they make fantastic burger patties. The texture is awesome. It eats so well, unlike the usual blended vegetable patty with hardly any bite.
Making simple cauliflower mac and cheese is another winner, as well as crispy and indulgent non-fish and chips. It is the same everyday ingredients but they can be so much more when we tap into our imagination and treat vegetables with the respect they deserve.
3. Elevate sad leftover ingredients.
There is always that one day of the week when our crisper contents are reduced to odds and ends: maybe a handful of mushrooms, stray broccoli florets, half a cabbage, two potatoes, and so on.
Never throw your leftover veg away or slowly watch them shrivel and die quietly in the fridge. Again, intention, creativity, and imagination go a long way!
4. Drink the goodness.
Bright, tasty, and easy to make, smoothies are a welcome addition to any diet, vegetarian or not. It can be one fruit or a mix of fruit and vegetables and it will still be delicious. Really nice and express way to get more nutrition inside the body.
Alternatively, if you are lucky like us, there is no greater joy than enjoying fresh coconut juice on a sunny day! Laying by the beach not required but totally recommended.
If all else fails, tea saves the day. Always.
5. Just be curious.
People adopt a plant-based diet for many reasons. We do not have to agree on everything, but we do know that delicious is delicious. We just have to be open to try and be curious about what else is out there.
Variety and novelty are good things to add to this new year, no? Check your supermarket for plant-based options, see what the local farmer’s market offers, and find inspiration online to see the possibilities of good plant-based food. Enjoy!