Often, when you tell people that you are vegetarian, they look at you as if you’ve grown two heads - it’s as if people can’t understand why you would choose to give up meat. The most common question that vegetarians get asked is whether or not they miss meat, followed by a question about whether meals are bland without it.
The answer, of course, is that no, meals aren’t bland due to a lack of meat. So if you are new to being vegetarian, don’t get put off by these types of questions because believe it or not, vegetarian food can be just as packed full of flavour as food which contains meat or fish.
If you're looking to lose weight then a vegetarian or vegan diet can help with this so long as you choose a predominantly plant-based diet and skip all the high sugar junk food options. It's also possible to combine a vegetarian or vegan diet with intermittent fasting to really accelerate weight loss and other health benefits which you can find out more about by clicking here.
Want to know how to make vegetarian food taste amazing? Then keep reading below for all the best tips and ideas.
Invest in the right tools
This isn’t necessarily just a tip for vegetarian cooking, but for all home cooking - invest in the right tools. If you want to be able to make foods that are tasty and nutritious, you need the right tools. If your pots and pans are old and in bad condition, for instance, this could cause you to burn your food, spoiling the taste. Old pots and pans can also be dangerous, especially if their coating starts to rub off and ends up in your food. So once your pots and pans have gone past their best, it’s best to consider replacing them with the safest and healthiest cookware for your kitchen. If you like to cook quickly - or need to do so - then a food processor is a must. Food processors can chop, dice, and crush ingredients, making cooking healthy, homemade meals much easier.
Pack lots of flavours into your meals
If you just cook with vegetables alone and nothing else, your food could be bland. However, if you pack your meals with herbs, spices, stocks, and other flavours, you can ensure that your vegetarian meals are delicious. Any food, regardless of whether it contains meat or fish can be bland. What makes food taste good are the ingredients that are added to it. For veggie cooking inspiration, take a look online - there are plenty of recipes to choose from. From soups and risotto to pasta dishes and curries, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes that you can try. If you miss having meat to bulk meals out, perhaps Quorn or another meat-alternative could be worth trying, but limit the amount of processed alternatives you eat as you would with meat. Lentils are a natural way to bulk out food and highly nutritious.
Cooking is all about experimenting, so be brave and try out some new ideas in the kitchen. If you think that certain ingredients would go together, give it a try and see what the dish comes out like. Sometimes your experiments will end in disaster, other times they’ll be a success. Be brave and take the time to experiment with new dishes, because you may just come up with a recipe that you love. If not, simply alter it and try again next time. At least you gave it a go!
Vegetarian cooking is no longer a tiny niche anymore, but very commonplace with initiatives such as Meat-Free Monday highlighting the environmental damage our meat-eating habits are having on the environment. You'll find so many recipes and inspiration online on websites such as Pinterest and Instagram. It's easier than ever to go vegetarian nowadays or even vegan.
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