So, the time has come: you’ve decided to bring a little plant power into your kitchen! Perhaps you’re ready to take your first steps on your vegan journey, or perhaps you’re simply looking to replace one or two meals a week with vegan alternatives to ramp up your environmental efforts. Whatever your reason for giving plant-based cooking a go, we know it can feel challenging when you don’t know where to begin.
That’s why we’ve put together our own list of vegan cooking tips for beginners, with some of the key tricks we’ve pieced together over the years! It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Marco Pierre White or not — with our helpful vegan cooking tips and tricks, you’ll be whipping up a plant-based storm in no time.
Before you start cooking plant-based meals, it’ll help to know exactly which ingredients are off-limits! These are:
Why not memorise or screenshot this list before you next go food shopping? Trust us, it’ll make buying and preparing vegan-friendly food much easier!
One of the easiest yet most effective vegan cooking tips is simply to experiment as much as you can! Veganism certainly isn’t restrictive, and there are many flavoursome, nutritious and versatile ingredients that you’ll soon want to start incorporating into your daily diet.
Why not try adding bok choy into your next stir-fry, or making mock pulled pork using jackfruit? How about swapping your lunchtime chocolate bar fix for cacao pudding, or sweetening your oatmeal with coconut sugar? These are all ingredients that have been popularised by vegans, and which will help to bring even more oomph to your meals!
By finding great plant-based alternatives to all your favourite ingredients, you’ll be able to cook up vegan treats as quickly, easily and conveniently as ever!
No, you don’t need to soak cashews for hours on end to make dairy-free cheese — unless you want to, of course! There are many great-tasting vegan alternatives for everything from cream cheese to chocolate-flavoured milk and chicken stock. Once you’ve found brands you love, vegan cooking will become much quicker and more enjoyable.
Of course, when it comes to finding vegan alternatives to non-vegan products, sourcing imitation meat you genuinely enjoy is key. Meatless meat, such as our Gorilla Food plant-based meat mix, makes whipping up mouth-watering meals in a flash easier than ever!
While you’re still dipping your toes into the pool of plant-based cooking, why not keep it as simple as possible for yourself by veganizing a recipe you already know and love? Whether you’re the world’s biggest pasta fan or you couldn’t live without burgers, veganizing your favourite dishes is a quick and easy way to get a feel for the many vegan products on the market and how to prepare them.
With Gorilla Food, veganizing your favourite meals has never been so simple. Our beef and chicken-flavoured plant-based meat can be shaped and seasoned according to taste, and promises to take your veganized meals to the next level. From beef-style burgers topped with vegan cheese and guacamole, to plant-based chicken pad Thai with crushed peanuts and fresh lime, Gorilla Food meatless meat takes the hassle out of conquering your food cravings!
There’s a lot of misinformation and confusion about veganism, including the misconception that vegans can only eat lentils and lettuce leaves! In fact, many of the products you buy from the supermarket every week are likely to be vegan, from dried pasta to spice mixes and curry sauces. It’s always important to check the label for the telltale signs of animal ingredients, but you’ll be surprised at how many products are 100% vegan.
Of course, if a product isn’t labelled vegan, you’ll want to take extra care when checking the ingredients list. Often, ingredients like milk and eggs will be highlighted in bold, but this won’t always be the case for non-vegan products that aren’t common allergens, such as honey.
As you scour vegan recipe books and scan influencers’ Instagram pages for plant-based cooking inspiration, you’ll soon start noticing words and ingredients you’ve likely never heard before. Sound familiar? These are the ingredients many vegans couldn’t live without, and which will soon become a kitchen staple for you, too!
Here are some common vegan staples and how they’re used:
As veganism becomes more and more popular, so do these items! Today, you’ll find these tasty ingredients in most supermarkets and health food shops.
One of the best things about vegan cooking is that you get the chance to try a truly diverse range of delicious vegetables. However, it’s true that eating up fresh veggies before they begin to rot can be challenging, especially when you have a fridge full of them! That’s why it’s a good idea to get used to batch cooking meals that can be frozen and defrosted in a matter of minutes.
Why not begin by batch preparing sauces, curries, soups and stews? These all freeze and reheat well, and it’s easy to pack them full of tasty ingredients, including Gorilla Food plant-based meat!
Want to know our ultimate vegan cooking tip? Grab yourself a packet (or two!) of our delectable plant-based meat mix, Gorilla Food!
Gorilla Food makes plant-based cooking more enjoyable than ever, and will keep your taste buds tantalised while you reduce your meat consumption and move closer to a compassionate, sustainable lifestyle.