1. Be flexible
Remember, you don’t need need to go fully vegan, just reducing meat and dairy can be beneficial for you, animals and the planet. It can be useful to start by cutting out foods slowly, for example, try changing the milk in your coffee for a month and trial different ones: soy, oat, rice, coconut, almond, etc. You can also try making meat-free dinners 5 times a week!
Inspiration: Nutty Bruce and Oatly (the only vegan and plant-based milk that taste creamy and is available at most supermarkets in Australia)
2. Make it Saucy
Adding a good sauce to any meal is important, especially vegan food. Learning some recipes for quick homemade sauces can change the way you eat, from easy vegan pesto to creamy garlic – you will probably need to invest in a food processor or hand blender! I love roasting vegetables and adding miso or my favourite new Indonesian salad recipe is below.
Inspiration: Vegan Gado Gado (hearty salad with peanut sauce)
Via Lazy Cat Kitchen
3. Make in Mass
Vegan or vego food can seem like a task, but one of the beautiful benefits of cooking without meat is that it lasts longer. Cooking on mass means that food can generally last the week, from main meals to snacks. Inspiration: 30-minute coconut curry or easy healthy Apple Crumble
4. Variety is Key
Some weeks you might make food on mass and be ok with it, other weeks you’ll be bored shitless. This is where variety is key – vegan food is not just tofu! Experiment with different foods, recipes and alternative meats. Look around the supermarket and see what is possible!
Inspiration: 15-minute Veggie Chilli with crunchy tortilla and avocado salad