Cooking vegetarian food is no more complicated than cooking non-vegan dishes. With a few kitchen tips, preparing a vegan meal with fresh, organic, simple ingredients will cook with ease.
A vegetarian cookbook authored by an expert in vegetarian cooking is a necessity in any vegan kitchen. Having access to a cooking conversion table and cooking terminology will help in cooking recipes from other countries.
Organization and preparation is the key to cooking any meal efficiently. Planning is a major tool to being organized. Make a list of all ingredients needed to prepare more than one meal. This will encourage budget friendly shopping and having ingredients on hand will save preparation and cooking time.
Cooking fruits and vegetables when they are in season, locally grown, and organic will have higher nutritional value. Visit year around farmers markets, as the variety and uniqueness of in season produce will introduce new foods to the vegetarian menu.
Beans are a staple food to most vegans. Knowing how to cook and prepare beans is essential, as there are many non-vegan recipes that can substitute meat with beans. There are many different types of beans and knowing the nutritional value of each type is important in creating a healthy balanced diet.
Tofu is a popular meat substitute with vegans. Tofu is made from soybeans, rich in protein, and at times called soybean cheese. It is easily purchased at the grocery store, but can also be made at home.
Experiment with various herbs and spices to create unique flavours for tried and true recipes. Always try to cook with fresh herbs, for they bring out more flavour than dried varieties.
Cooking vegetarian meals at home is a rewarding experience for all vegans and their families. Knowing a few cooking tips to simplify the process will help in creating vegan dishes, simply as well as efficiently.