Though eating a plant based diet is growing in leaps and bounds, there seems to be some trepidation around cooking a vegan meal. Perhaps this is due to some common myths that, for one reason or another, have been perpetuated. If this sounds familiar, you might want to read on as we dispel some of these myths to get you moving from trepidation to anticipation and cooking a vegan meal that your family is going to rave about!
1. Vegan Cooking is Hard
Looking at all of the delicious vegan food showing up on your Instagram account or online, you have totally written off the possibility of doing it yourself, because that delicious food looks really hard to make. Here’s the thing: you don’t have to make it complicated. Like any food, there are of course, fancy, sophisticated, and complicated versions of vegan dishes. But, you can also stir-fry vegetables in some ginger, soy sauce, chili, and vinegar, cook your favourite pasta, add some sesame seeds and call it a dinner. Or if you want to get a better idea of what to cook and gain some inspiration, reach out to Savor Living to chat about setting up a vegan food delivery option.
2. Vegan Cooking is Expensive
Once you factor out that you no longer have to spend money on meat, many people find that eating a plant-based diet actually works out to be cheaper than the meat alternative. Vegan cooking becomes expensive when you spend a lot of money on out of season, overpriced vegetables, fancy condiments, and meal additions, or even some of the more expensive grains. With time, and after experimenting in the kitchen with your own vegan prepared food however, you will get to know what the best budget friendly vegan cooking options are – and it won’t be that expensive at all!
3. Vegan Cooking Tastes Bland
Like any food, if you don’t add flavour to your vegan cooking, it may indeed taste bland. Many people struggle with knowing how best to add flavour, or they falsely assume that the only food to eat is salads and vegetables. You can in fact flavour your food with lots of herbs and spices, condiments such as Dijon mustard, tamari, and balsamic vinegar, and many other healthy, flavour options. Order a selection of prepared vegan meals before you start cooking your own to help you know what to cook and what to buy to add flavour!
4. Vegan Cooking Requires a Lot of Ingredients
If you have gone online to look up a vegan recipe, you may have been turned off by all the ingredients it had listed, especially those that you didn’t have in your cupboard. And while it is true, that cooking vegan can be enhanced by a vegan meal kit, you don’t necessarily need anything special. You can create simple recipes with the ingredients you have on hand and simply build up your repertoire of pantry items over time.
5. Vegan Cooking Requires Special Skills
For many people this is the biggest hurdle when it comes to adopting a plant-based diet and being able to cook on nights when they don’t receive a vegan meal subscription service. In reality however, you don’t necessarily need a lot of lessons or formal training when it comes to cooking vegan food. In fact, as mentioned, you can keep it incredibly simple, and choose to just cook rice and vegetables with some hummus or guacamole. Before you say you don’t know how, give it a try, and give yourself more credit. You are likely better at it than you realize!
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