Where to start? First off, eating like a vegan and cooking like a vegan are two entirely different paths. We all know how to eat and if we select the appropriate foods, we all can eat like a vegan. How tough is it to put some lettuce, carrots, celery, mushrooms, etc. in a bowl, toss with your favorite vegan approved dressing and you have your first vegan lunch. Simple, right, but will this get you through the day, the week, the month; I think not. A sustainable diet needs variety. There are many ways to begin your journey of cooking like a vegan. I can only tell you how I did it. I love to cook, so cooking vegan was an exciting challenge. I have been doing this for about 6 months. Today, I find it pretty easy; however, my journey is a work in progress. So let’s get started:
- DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL
- Keep it simple
- Look at your new food groups and think about how to use them.
- Look at your own favorite recipes, if not already vegan, can you modify them to be vegan. See an example below.
- Search the internet. Vegan cooking sites
- Last resort, buy a vegan cookbook.
A few of my favorite sites are:
I started with the PCRM site. Their 21 Day Kick-Start Plan got me going. It can work for you.
Now it is time to borrow a slogan from the great retailer, NIKE. Yep you guessed it – “Just Do It”!
Convert an existing recipe to a vegan version. Check out the ingredients for my traditional and vegan split pea soup recipes.
TRADITIONAL VEGAN VERSION
|Green and yellow split peas||Green and yellow split peas|
|Diced carrots||Diced carrots|
|Chopped Celery||Chopped Celery|
|Chopped onion||Chopped onion|
|Diced Potato||Diced Yam|
|Chicken stock||Vegetable Stock|
|Smoked ham hock||Smoked Paprika|
|Salt and Pepper||Liquid Smoke|
|Salt and Pepper|
Both of these recipes are delicious, but the vegan version is much healthier. If you make your own vegetable stock, the only salt is that which you choose to add. Did you notice the quantities are missing? My point is to demonstrate how you can take a traditional recipe and make it healthier. If you must know, there are about 2 cups. of split peas, 1-2 carrots, 1-2 ribs celery, 1 medium onion, 1 small yam and about 8 cups of stock. The rest is to taste. You now have my recipe. ENJOY!