Need help with getting started on the road to becoming a vegan? While any experienced vegan will tell you that there are many delicious, fresh and creative foods out there, this article will help you to understand the basics of being a vegan.
The next time you’re looking at recipes, writing the shopping list or preparing the dish for a meeting, make sure you have these five items on hand. We have chosen them based on their affordability, versatility and health benefits.
Include Tofu In Your Diet: This versatile substitute food can be seasoned in many ways like how meat can be, and it can also be baked, fried and roasted. If you’re cooking with tofu, try covering it lightly with salt and pepper and cut the servings of tofu into cubes and fry them in a pan with a little olive oil.
Include Plenty of Beans In Your Diet: Beans are a staple for both vegans and non-vegans and for good reason: They are cheap and have a lot of protein! For a quick meal, use canned beans, but if you want to save money and “do it yourself”, buy dried beans and cook them yourself. They are very versatile like tofu.
Add Grains to Your Diet: Along with beans come grains – usually rice, but if you’re new to not eating meat, you probably still do not know how many varieties out there exist, you have options such as: Wild rice, basmati, white and brown rice – all excellent for preparing food or serving as a basis for a stir-fry.
Milk Alternatives For Vegans: Soy milk is the most precious of milk substitutes; but it is not the only delicious option. Rice milk and almond milk are great too and are commonly available unflavored (which is great for cooking and baking) or vanilla flavor to give your cereal a touch of sweetness. Unlike regular milk, soy milk, rice milk and almond milk can be stored in your cabinet at room temperature ready to open. So stock up!
Use Various Seasonings: We have said it before and we’ll say it again: Vegan food can be prepared in many ways. Fire up your new food aspirations with some seasonings to ensure that your diet is free of cruelty but rich in flavor as well. There are plenty to choose from, but some good seasonings to start with are:
- Hot pepper
- Curry powder
- Dill weed
- Buy Fresh Spices
If you really want to add some extra flavor to your meal, you can use fresh spices from your local farmers market. This is something that is very nice because this allows you to add some really nice and interesting flavors to your food. It is important that you choose your meals carefully. The reason for this is because it allows you to get the nutrients that your body needs. It also allows you to introduce healthy things into your diet rather than things that are bad for you.
Can Vegans Eat Dairy or Eggs?
Vegans choose not to eat dairy or eggs because both of these come from animals. Vegans choose not to eat anything that comes from an animal at all, even if what was taken from the animal does not harm or kill the animal. There are many dairy alternatives but unfortunately there are not many egg alternatives.