I have been a vegan for almost five years now. During that time, my friends, family, and whoever knew about my diet asked me one thing: “How do you manage it?”
It makes me happy that so many of my friends are concerned about my food and if it keeps me satisfied. After all, I shared the same fear once I decided to give it a try.
All jokes aside, I am aware that my fears and the fears of those who asked me about my diet do not stem from the same root. They thought: “Wow, how can you say farewell to so many foods?” Or at least I believe so. My biggest concern was the richness of my kitchen.
I always thought of myself as a gourmet. Never the elite chef like Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver, I still always valued the abundance of various tastes in my mouth. No matter if I cooked for myself or someone else, there were always layers of aromas in every dish.
The rich taste was not my only concern, though. My friends and I were worried about the same thing: “Will it be enough?” After all, the mainstream belief is that vegans live off green veggies only. The thought that my meals won’t feed me scared me. No, seriously, it kept me awake on some nights.
Almost five years have passed since then. I am writing this, which means that the nutritious value of my food was rich enough to prevent me from starving. And I can’t complain about the state of my kitchen either. To mark my fifth vegan anniversary, I want to share some essential tips from my cuisine.
The devil is in the details, whether it is a vegan, vegetarian, or ordinary kitchen. In the kitchen, the spices give your food finesse. On their own, they are almost invisible, but a quantity of those makes the difference between dull taste and party on your tongue.
However, don’t overdo it with seasoning. You want to taste the whole meal and not spices only.
A couple of years ago, a friend gave me the best kitchen advice to date. “Place a spice on your tongue before adding it to your meal,” he said. That way, each meal will receive a personal touch.
Also, don’t follow recipes blindly. If you desire a bit of garlic in a special dinner, be free to add a clove: your kitchen, your rules.
From all the oils, I prefer olive oil. It is a food enhancer. Wherever you put it, it will bring out the best in your meal. A little dab will do the job. Additionally, it is one of the healthiest oils in the market.
Olive oil is edible on its own as well. One traditional meal from the Middle East is the perfect dish if you are in a hurry. Add some pepper in a puddle of olive oil and eat it with bread. Nutritious and tasty.
Nuts and Some Seeds
Vegans are often “accused” of living on nuts. I admit that I fall into the stereotype. But how couldn’t I. THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS. AND SO HEALTHY. AND SO NUTRITIOUS.
I mix them with my smoothies. I add them to my veggie burgers. And I eat them on their own. Nuts and seeds help you keep the nutrient intake in place, while remaining the perfect snack – and even a cheese replacement!
Beans Are Good For the Heart
Beans are not only small health bombs, but they taste delicious as well. Dried or canned, my fridge always has a can or two of beans.
My favorites are black beans and chickpeas. Eating various kinds of beans is a fun activity on its own. And your body won’t complain about the fibers they contain.
One of my biggest worries, when opting towards a vegan diet, was how am I going to replace cheese. But they are not only alternatives, but also vegan cheese versions now. You can buy vegan parmesan, for example, in every supermarket.
It is also the perfect treat for your non-vegan friends. When coming over, your guests won’t expect a pizza on the table. Surprise them with one, and watch their faces when you take a slice.