Cooking Tips For Eating a more Plant-Based Diet

Find the easiest way to make plant-based living work for you. You don’t need to eat vegan food 100% of the time but encouraging more veg in your diet is something we can all easily achieve.

 

Making delicious healthy and veg packed meals doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive, in fact I found the switch to a more plant based diet far more cost effective. The trick is to keep a well stocked larder with a selection of various grains, nuts, seeds, spices and dressings – all things that last for ages and can be switched up with fresh fruit and veg to make new interesting meals every time. Ensure you are buying your fresh items within season for the best flavour and to keep costs and your carbon footprint low.

 

Here is my list of larder ingredients, many of which you’ll find in my recipes:

Oils, Dressings

Extra virgin olive oil

Sesame oil

Tamari (soy sauce)

Rice wine vinegar

White & red wine vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Tahini

Pomegranate mollases

Maple syrup

 

Jarred ingredients

Capers

Sundried tomatoes

Harissa paste

Miso paste

Tamarind paste

Nut butter – almond, peanut

Fridge Staples

Lemons

Limes

Red onions

Brown onions

Garlic

Celery

Carrot

Nut milk – oat or almond

Veg stock

Pulses, Rice, Grains

Red lentils, black lentils

Brown rice

Pearl Barley

Cracked freekeh

Cous cous

Pastas: orzo, penne, fettucine

 

Canned

Chickpeas

White beans: cannellini, butterbeans

Red kidney beans

Black beans

Coconut milk

Coconut cream

Canned tomatoes

Spices & Dried Herbs

Sea salt flakes

Cracked black pepper

Cumin seeds

Ground cumin

Ground coriander

Ground cinnamon

Ground cardamom

Dried thyme

Dried oregano

Ground turmeric

Smoked paprika

Chilli flakes

Cayenne pepper

Sumac

Dried mint

Nuts, Seeds, Fruits

Cashews

Flaked almonds

Walnuts

Pine nuts

Pistachios

Raisins/sultanas

N.B Fresh herbs add great depth of flavour and freshness to any meal but can be expensive and wasteful if you only need a small amount. Try growing you own fresh herbs so you have them ready whenever a recipe calls for it.