Making a Meal Out of Veganism
One of the greatest challenges a lot of people find when starting out on a vegan lifestyle is; what to eat! It's a daunting feeling when you embrace a new dietary change. All of a sudden the core of your meals, in this case, meat and dairy products, are suddenly gone. So many of the vegan groups on Facebook are filled with newbies to the vegan community, unsure of what to eat. And worried that they're not meeting their nutritional needs. This often means that many newbies to the lifestyle tend to stick to the same meals week in, week out.
In this blog post, I want to share some tips for creating enjoyable meals. The foundation of which, is based on making sure you have a shopping list that will ensure you are able to stay on track, while eating good food that doesn't come in a pre-packaged container every night of the week. Sure, junk food is nice, but sometimes you want a home cooked meal, and in my case, that happens to be the case most days. At the bottom of the post, you can download an easy guide to help you along on the journey!
What's in your cupboard?
The first thing I suggest is to do a quick audit of your fridge, freezer & cupboards. Take a pic and/or make a list. I like to print out these pics so I have a visual of what I have in each so that I can plan what I need. If I use something up, I put a line through the item. I then add it to my shopping list.
I group up my items into categories to help me see the full picture. This means I can also select items from each group to create a meal. I like to mix and match items I've not tried before. If you're a novice/beginner cook, it may also help you to see how foods pair. In my guide below, I have included a handy pairing guide, which is a great place to get some inspiration for creating meals too!
Start by making a list of your items in the above categories. You may want to categorise your lists differently, do what works for you!