Updated: Oct 10, 2019
Hey, my beautiful Health Seekers! Vegetarian and vegan diets are becoming increasingly popular so for those of you considering adopting the plantabsed life, have a quick 5 minute read of this. According to Vegan Society, the demand for meat-free food had increased by a whopping 987% in 2017, and the vegan way was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018 and beyond.
Just in Google alone, searches for vegan diets reached 678,000,000 and is on a fierce and steady climb. The interest and demand for a diet consisting mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants, including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, and with few or no animal products in pretty fierce, and for good reason.
Going fully vegan or adopting a plantbased diet means consuming foods derived from plants, including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, and with few or no animal products. Plantbased diets have been attributed to a multitude of health claims and benefits, including reducing weight loss, gut repair, your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline. All good reasons to consider adding in and consuming more plantbased food.
Plantbased Meat Substitutes
As plantbased diets have grown in popularity, food manufacturers have bowed to demand and released an increasing number of meat substitutes product lines. Quorn, for example, produce a range of products that includes chicken-style pieces which is ideal for replacing chicken chunks in any recipe. Vegan mince is a meatless substitute that can be used in meals such as spaghetti bolognese or chili con carne, homemade burgers, and tacos. More and more commercial grocers are caving to the demand and also have their own-brand alternatives.
Since many of these products still contain egg, they aren't always suitable for vegans or those with egg allergies. However, there are vegan alternatives available from good health-food shops such as textured soya kibbles and soy-based mince. Tofu also offers a good suitable for vegan "egg" recipes and goes well in most East-Asian dishes in place of chicken.
For many embarking on a plantbased diet, means they prefer not to eat substitute meat products at all. This can make meal planning more challenging, but there are some simple vegetable alternatives. Beans and pulses are the most common substitute as they are rich sources of protein. Try kidney beans or cannellini beans in place of minced meat in a chili, or lentils in a curry. Chickpeas, butter beans, soya beans, flageolet beans and most other kinds of beans are also suitable options. Mushrooms are another popular vegetable alternative. Want some recipe ideas? Go here.
If you’d really rather not have to search out vegan substitutes, you can find a wide variety of ready meal options suitable for vegetarians and vegans suitable for plantbased diets. Just check the health aisle in local grocer for pre-made curries, pizzas, and pasta dishes that are vegetarian, and suitable for vegans.
I find when looking for a ready made meal that is suitable for vegans, curry is usually hard to beat, although be sure to read the ingredients as often times pre-packaged meals contain addition sodium, filler and sugars to compensate for flavour. Whenever possible it is best to make your own and meal prep with plantbased meals you can easily freeze and quickly reheat. Need ideas, go here.