There are different ways of thinking about how to cook vegan food. Most of the time simply omitting the meat from a traditional recipe will in fact yield delicious results. Vegan recipes are plant-based. Vegan recipes do not contain any animal products.
Generally, vegan foods will be made from greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains. Greens are the essential part to vegan health. Aim for high-quality nutrient-dense organic dark leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, and chard. Greens are the cornerstone for health. It’s easy to make recipes with minimally processed foods and lots of greens.
Greens, Superfoods and Sprouted Foods
There are wonderful recipes online. For example: kale salads and spinach salad with superfoods. The closer the food is to being alive, the more micro-nutrition the food will contain and the better of an energy source the recipes are for the human body. Sprouted foods may be among the healthiest. Sprouted seeds have much higher antioxidant content than unsprouted seeds do. It is possible to find pre-sprouted rice, quinoa and lentils for vegan recipes in grocery stores and these foods (when cooked) will still have more nutrition than unsprouted foods.
Low-Glycemic Nutrient-Dense Fruits
Dark pigmented berries are among the simplest fruits to use in recipes as well as the most nutritious. Some examples of these berries are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. Other “superberries” are very nutrient dense, too. Some examples are goji berries, incan berries and mulberries.
Although fruits have sugars and sugars are linked to diabetes, low glycemic fruits offer the benefit s fiber of fiber and a high concentration of nutrients while being low in sugar and low in fat. Try using berries in vegan recipes.
Vegan Recipe Techniques and Tools
Vegan recipes take advantage of high-speed blenders, food processors, (and sometimes in raw vegan foods) food dehydrators.
The high-speed blender is a very versatile kitchen tool. It can be used to make salad dressings, soups, smoothies and protein shakes and vegan milks.
The food processor acts as a mixer and chopping device bundled into one. It can be used for making nut butters, mixing raw food deserts, chopping and slicing (veggies like carrots, cucumbers, etc.) and creating sauces (like pesto sauce).
Food dehydrators dry foods. They can make fruit leathers, dried fruits (like home dried tomatoes), flax crackers and crusts, dehydrated nuts and healthy snacks.
How to cook healthy vegan recipes
When cooking vegan food, focus on incorporating as many fruits and vegetables (and love!) as possible into each recipe and meal. Sometimes a little bit of salt and olive oil are all that is necessary to make vegetables taste delicious! Try to keep the recipes as simple as possible. Start with one ingredient and add another ingredient to it that goes well with the first one and then continue to add ingredients which will complement the base. The healthiest recipes have lots of uncooked greens (no, that doesn’t just mean salad!; be creative…) and as many nutrient dense vegetables and fruits as possible.
No Need for Counting Calories and Vegan Junk Food to Avoid
There is no need to count calories as vegan foods have no harmful animal fats. That being said, beware!: There is such a thing as vegan junk food, which involves deep frying, and hydrogenated and processed foods (like bleached white flour). Stay away from vegan junk food. That type of food is not healthful or health-promoting. When cooking recipes at home, focus on unprocessed whole foods.
How to Feel Good and Have Lots of Energy
Get into your kitchen and have a go at cooking healthy vegan recipes. In a very short time you will be feeling less groggy, tired, unfocused and will more full of energy, be able to get things done, feel lighter, be thinner, healthier, happier and more energetic. You don’t have to be a great chef to try to cook vegan recipes. You will find that in no time at all you will be creating your own recipes for delicious vegan foods that you can share with your friends, family and loved ones. Good luck!