If you’ve recently decided to embark on a plant-based diet journey, you might be concerned about finding substitutes that will satisfy your cravings. You’ll be happy to know that there are tons of plant-based foods that taste good.
You just have to make sure you choose the right vegan brands and learn which seasonings work best with the type of plant-based food you decide to choose.
There are so many different brands and kinds of mock meats you can choose from. From plant-based “chicken” to plant-based “beef” and even plant-based “fish.” You’ll be able to find tons of products that taste just like the real version of the meat.
You can make soups, salads, even meatloaf with these types of meats. Some people can’t even tell the difference. And with technology that keeps advancing, these kinds of plant-based meats are tasting better and better each day.
Simulate chicken nuggets, for example, have been said to fool so many meat-eaters into thinking that they’re eating actual chicken nuggets because they taste that good. Grab some buffalo sauce or vegan ranch, and you’ve got yourself a delicious snack.
Buddha bowls are bowls that you can put all types of grains and veggies in. They can be quick and easy to make and don’t take many ingredients.
Here are a few you can try:
Baked Falafel Bowls
Falafel are balls of chickpeas and other spices. You can bake falafels and serve them with warm grains of your choosing, greens, and other veggies. Make sure to top it off with tahini sauce!
A green Buddha bowl will be loaded with steamed and fresh veggies, salad dressing, and grains like quinoa, for example.
Tandoor bowls are best with roasted cauliflower and chickpeas marinated in delicious Moroccan spices. Don’t forget to add your greens too.
When making the Caribbean bowl, make sure you cut up some mango to complement the other flavors to make it taste as authentic as possible. Add some roasted purple cabbage, sweet potatoes, tofu, “chicken,” and black beans. You can top this off with lime as well!
You might be shocked to see tofu on this list. Tofu out the package is completely flavorless. But once you actually learn how to season it, you can make all types of dishes. Tofu will basically soak up any flavor you put it in.
So, if you wanted to make a stir fry with tofu, you could marinate it in teriyaki or soy sauce before frying it. Adding tofu to soups will absorb the flavor of the broth that you decide to use.
One of the most popular forms of using tofu in plant-based dishes is making tofu scrambles. Tofu scrambles usually consist of frying tofu in a pan with onions, garlic, and other flavorful spices. Because of the high water content of tofu, it’s able to absorb all those delicious flavors.
Desserts can be plant-based too! There are many recipes you can find to make the classic chocolate chip cookies or apple pie. If you’re wondering what to use instead of eggs, there are egg replacements you can purchase. Or you can make your own egg substitutes.
And don’t worry about needing butter to make sure your baked goods are golden, crispy, and tasty. Plant-based butter exists and is just as salty and creamy as regular butter.
Plant-based foods can be delicious depending on how they’re prepared and which you choose to eat. The only thing stopping you from preparing an excellent plant-based meal is a lack of seasoning, good products, or cooking skills.