Today I wanted to share 10 Tips from Our Plant-Based Family with you, these are tips that we have learned along this plant-based journey of ours … we’ve had lots of trial and errors over the years but one thing we’ve learned is to continue to have fun with it!! I find it so exciting when I discover a new delicious plant-based recipe … or a new way to make something, or a new substitute for dairy or meat products!!
This is also a big reason as to why Tori and I are so excited to partner up with Becel! We’re able to spend some time together having fun in the kitchen testing out fun plant-based recipes using our favourite vegan spread – Becel Vegan! It’s a great substitute for butter because it’s made from plant-based oils and it has 50% less saturated fat!
Alright, for those of you who are interested in exploring the plant-based world … here are some of our family’s tips for you!!
1. Start Slow
If you’re new to this whole plant-based eating thing, start out slow … you don’t have to go all or nothing right out of the gate. Try introducing one plant-based meal a week! You can find some of mine and Tori’s fave recipes here.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Experiment; Practice Makes Perfect!!
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve made meals that I didn’t really like to start with but I was always determined to improve it and I would tweak and make adjustments until I LOVED it!! Some recipes will be amazing and others will flop but don’t let that deter you!
3. Use Lentils or Finely Diced Mushrooms in Replace of Ground Beef
Seems crazy right?! Give it a try!! I promise you won’t be disappointed! Lentils and finely diced mushrooms have a similar texture to ground beef and you can season them just as you would your meat!! We did this in our delicious Vegan Mushroom Wellington recipe. It’s made with Becel Vegan and is a definite crowd-pleaser.
4. Sub Nutritional Yeast for Cheese
If you haven’t tried Nutritional Yeast yet … it’s probably for one of two reasons: you’ve probably never heard of it before, or the name scares you!! LOL! Don’t let the name fool you, it’s a delicious substitute for cheese and it’s packed full of nutrients!! You can add it to salad dressing, or even just sprinkle it on top of your favourite dishes … and on your popcorn for a delish cheesy flavour!!
5. Vegan Comfort Foods Are Delicious
That’s right, you can still have comfort foods even if you’re eating plant-based!! I think this is one of the main things that scare people away … they think if they go plant-based that they’ll have to eat salads for every meal … but that’s not the case!! You can easily achieve rich comfort foods by adding a dollop of Becel Vegan to them! I use it as a substitute for butter in my pasta sauces, soups and ALL of my comfort food recipes as it helps to make them rich and flavourful, plus, it’s a great option for a heart-healthy diet!
6. Up the Flavour
If you’re finding your plant-based meals to be bland, I would suggest adding white wine, tamari, miso paste, concentrated veggie stock, liquid smoke, herbs, garlic and a bit of good ‘ol salt and pepper to up your flavour game!! I use most of these ingredients in my cooking on a daily basis!
7. Add Flavour to Your Tofu
I’m a fan of tofu but only when it’s flavoured properly!! So I either make a point of buying flavoured tofu from the grocery store OR I marinade plain tofu in the fridge overnight!!
8. Buy in Bulk
We go through so much nutritional yeast and nuts (mostly cashews and almonds) in our home that the most affordable way to buy them is to purchase them in bulk!!
9. Swap Your Dairy Products
If you want to go plant-based but you’re not sure where to start, I would suggest swapping your dairy products first! I found this was the EASIEST place to start when we switched to a plant-based diet, replacing your milk and cream, mayo, butter, etc. with vegan options was a pretty easy transition for us! An easy first step is swapping your butter for Becel Vegan.
10. Be easy on yourself
Eating plant-based takes time so make sure to be easy on yourself and try not to overthink it!
What are some of your barriers when it comes to plant-based eating?? Share them below!!
This post was created as part of a paid partnership with Becel®.