When you become interested in the plant-based diet, you will surely run into a couple of main concerns that everybody runs into when they start: scarcity of choice(What will I eat now when there is no meat, no dairy, no wheat. What’s left!?), inability of getting exotic ingredients that you never heard of (nutritional yeast, agar, arrowroot powder, …what?), fear that you are subscribing to a life of super-healthy but tasteless and joy-free meals (most people we know think in this way). But nothing could be further from the truth. In this introductory post, we will try and help you assemble a starter plant-based pantry that will provide you with all necessary ingredients to cook a healthy meal by yourself.
First, let’s start with a few golden rules:
- Number one on your menu should be seasonal fruits and vegetables. Whether you live further up north or in the tropical paradise, there is always some fruit or vegetable in season. Our bodies are still in tune with nature cycles and are meant to eat seasonal produce. We do live in the world where all kinds of foods are available all year round – frozen, dried, imported fruits and veggies, …. but you should always choose seasonal when possible.
- Minimize packaged and processed foods. Although we do use them in some of our recipes, we try to keep them to a minimum. Also, if we do buy them, we try to use tested, quality brands.
- Try and grow your own food. It can be one tomato or a few herbs on your balcony, or even a micro-farm in your back yard. There is nothing like watching your plants grow and ripen. Tossing that freshly picked kale in your morning smoothie or making pesto with fresh basil picked from your garden is something special. It will change the way you think about food in general.