March 29, 2016

If you're looking to go vegan and just want a bit of quick and fun advice (look

Forget dairy and try the ricotta-like mixture in Eggplant Involtini with Grilled Ratatouille

Keep an Eye on Essential Nutrients

"You absolutely must either take a B12 supplement or eat an adequate amount of foods fortified with B12. B12 comes from bacteria and you won't find it in un-fortified plant-based foods."

Use B12 fortified nutritional yeast in these Spiced Chikpea Nuts

 

Questions Aren't Always Bad

"You WILL encounter a lot of curiosity regarding your diet. Don't take it as an argument--most people are genuinely curious. You've got to remember that vegetarianism is so adversarial to everything we were taught growing up. It really is new to many people!"

Serve these Curried Spaghetti Squash and Chickpeas Toasts to those who are curious, no one can ask questions with a full mouth.

Learn About Cooking/New Techniques

"If you don't already cook, start! It's not as hard as people make it out to be, you just need to make a little time, follow directions, and pay attention. If you do cook, try more challenging things and make everything you can from scratch (your own seitan, tofu, broth, etc.). It's really rewarding and who doesn't like to eat?" 

Try your hand at salsa-making with Grilled Baby Eggplants with Green Onion Salsa

It Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

"Keep it simple with rice, legumes, plenty of fresh fruit & vegetables, beans etc. Buy in bulk! I buy various legumes in bulk, soak in the morning and by dinner time [they are] ready to throw in lentil bolognese, an Indian curry, etc. You can blend frozen fruit to make ice cream, and coconut milk is a great substitute for regular milk in a lot of recipes." Witchdoctorpixie

Save time and money by quick-soaking dried beans: