How to Cook Plant-Based Diet Meals, According to a Chef

Plant-based does not necessarily mean only eat plants, but he emphasizes this with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans incorporated into the diet. It’s different from a vegan diet, which focuses on cutting out meat. Meanwhile, those on a plant-based diet can and do eat lean meat, fish, and poultry.

So if you want to cook and eat more vegan at home, how do you go about it? What are the tips and tricks to better integrate these leaves into your meals? Ahead, Ian Curley, Group Creative Culinary Director for Ovolo Australia, shares six ways to do it.

Get creative with ingredients

“For many people who are making the transition to plant-based eating, trying out vegan and vegetarian diets, there’s a very strong assumption that all meals are going to be both boring and bland. It’s not because that you don’t cook with traditional meat sources that you can’t experiment with flavor Vegetables like spices and herbs just as good as a BBQ rump.

“Eating plant-based also forces you to find interesting substitutes, vegetables, seeds, grains that you might not have worked with unless you had to think outside the box. There’s only so much cauliflower and eggplant a human can have…play with jackfruit, tempeh, all the mushrooms. There is an appendix of new ingredients that accompany the natural and organic diet.

Don’t rely (only) on vegan meat substitutes

“You can very quickly find yourself relying on processed and packaged foods to form the base of your meal, but it’s pretty scary to learn how much sugar and sodium can be hidden in these store-bought vegan alternatives. Look at the labels, and if you can find a healthy option, go for it.

“Otherwise, I tend to take inspiration from what’s on the shelves and try to replicate burger patties, koftas and sausages, whatever you fancy, and do it at home. home. Knowing exactly what goes into your meal and the time and effort it takes to create it often makes it much more enjoyable to eat.

Enjoy Pantry Staples

“For me, these are the not-so-secret ingredients, the must-haves in the pantry. Never underestimate how far your cooking oils, garlic, herbs and spices can go to elevate plant-based cooking and make all those ingredients sing.

Splurge on high-quality ingredients

“Quality products make a quality meal, as simple as that. More often than not, this food label also tends to have an element of sustainability, whether the vegetables are locally sourced, organically grown or seasonally rotated. At Alibi Bar & Kitchen, we rely on all of the above to bring the freshest and most exciting plant-based dishes to our menu time and time again.

Using Cream and Milk Substitutes

“Sometimes a dish really needs a level of creaminess that can only be achieved by ‘dairy’. Food technology innovation has come so far that nut and soy milks and coconut creams can replace the high-fat ingredient you thought you couldn’t live without.

Experiment with flavors and spices

“It’s a humble reminder that vegan diets don’t have to be basic! One of my favorite dishes lately might be our slow roasted heirloom carrots on cardamom custard with roasted coffee crumbs. Two very rich flavors (cardamom and coffee) that bring out the sweetness and earthiness of heirloom carrots.

“This dish is actually served as part of the sustainable dinner series we are running in partnership with Diplomático Rum, the next event taking place on May 18, so Sydneysiders can purchase tickets to sample this dish and inspire more plants. cooking (and sipping rum) at home.

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