In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.
‘All glory comes from daring to begin.’ – Eugene F. Ware
I’ve talked a lot about preparing and cooking your own plant-based food in recent posts, but where do you start? Removing the meat from your meals can be daunting if it’s always covered a large part of you plate. Don’t panic. This doesn’t mean that you are resigned to a life of just eating bowls of steamed vegetables. There are lots of great vegan and plant-based recipe books out there, just search on Amazon and you’ll find hundreds of choices. If you don’t want to commit to buying that recipe book just yet, there are lots of resources available online. Below is a list of my favourite sources for new recipes. Most of them have sign-up options, so you don’t even have to search. Just follow them and the recipes will come to your inbox. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Forks Over Knives – The Mothership for all plant-based enthusiasts. Be the first to find out about plant-based news and pick up some great, seasonal (depending on where you are in the world, you might have to keep them until it’s the right season where you are) recipes. Forks Over Knives also stock a range of recipe books. It’s a great one-stop-shop for all things plant-based.
Vedged Out – Somer’s blog was one of the first that I read when I converted to a plant-based diet. As a mother, her recipes are also kid-friendly and super easy to prepare.
Running on Vegan – Alison manages to educate me on a weekly basis. Her experiences protesting for animal rights are really thought-provoking, and her handy recipes are great for using up that left-over veg that’s been hanging around in the bottom of the fridge.
Forks and Beans – If anyone ever tells you that living plant-based and gluten-free means that you can’t enjoy cakes and treats, send them straight over to Cara’s site. She bakes amazing creations for every holiday imaginable, and more just for the sake of it. If you’re missing your childhood favourites, Forks and Beans is the place to head.
Product websites such as Provamel (if you use soya products) and Groovy Food. Whenever you buy anything, check the packaging for a website and get online.