One of the biggest things people assume is hard about a vegan diet or find they struggle with when doing their own vegan meal prep in their home, is adding flavour to food. While there are many vegan friendly ways you can infuse your food with flavour and make it taste good, one of the best ways is to use herbs and spices.
Good for more than just flavour however, you will be happy to know that herbs and spices also offer you additional health benefits. Try out these favourites to get you started.
This is a popular spice for vegans to use as a good all-around spice that can lend wholesome flavour to a number of different dishes and ingredients. It is great for soups, curries, stews, and sauces; you can use it in Mexican cooking or a number of different ethnic cuisines and it tastes delightful on roasted vegetables with a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt.
Great for adding some natural sweetness to food, as it has a liquorice flavoured undertone, fennel works well in curries and curry pastes, pasta dishes and as the star flavour of a dish. Another great bonus? Chew on fennel when you have an upset stomach or ate too much for dinner to help with digestion.
A natural sweetener, cinnamon is great for your vegan baking, but also has a place in African and Indian curries and rich soups and stews. In addition to having great antioxidant properties, it also has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.
Fresh or dried, rosemary is a classic herb that is a great place to start experimenting, as many people are quite familiar with its flavour. Whether you use it to make a pasta dish, a soup, put it to braise with your vegetables in the oven, or simply use it for lentil bolognaise, you can’t go wrong with the addition of rosemary. Furthermore, it has also been shown to help with memory and improve blood flow to the brain!
While there are several different types of paprika you can employ, smoked paprika offers a deep smoky flavour which many people find they miss in the early transition to vegan food and a vegan delivery option. You can add this into soups and sauces, it tastes delicious in Mexican dishes and is perfect to use as a flavour for your homemade hummus.
Fresh coriander offers a very distinct flavour to dishes and is incredibly refreshing when added on top of stir fries, curries, or east Asian soups and noodle salads. While you can cook fresh coriander, it is best enjoyed raw, simply added on top of dishes or tossed lightly through at the end of cooking when the heat is turned off.
Other options to help boost your food’s flavour include chili, ginger, and turmeric, and don’t forget the addition of garlic. The latter is powerful in offering flavour, while also anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic and anti-viral. If you want to make sure you get flavourful vegan food, be sure to sign up to Savor Living’s vegan prepared food delivery.