Hey there, and welcome to this fine Tuesday lunchtime!
Today’s blog is all about helping out those wannabe vegans, or hungry people, that are craving some veggie goodness. As a new vegan I know how difficult it is to feel committed, when you’re constantly trying to be one of those creative vegans that you see on Instagram. In reality going vegan, or eating plant-based, is simple, affordable and does not have to be complicated. I have been delving in the vegan lifestyle for almost two years, so I can tell you that once you find a base for all your meals, it becomes a lot easier.
So, this is what today’s blog is all bout. My three go-to vegetables, and how I cook them. I eat these vegetables either individually, or all together, almost everyday.
Lets get cooking.
You will need:
- 1 Broccoli
- 1 Sweet Potato
- 500g mushrooms of your choice
- Tamari Sauce
- Black Pepper & [Pink Himalayan] Salt
- Garlic Salt (optional)
- Olive Oil
- Hummus/Cashews/ toppings of choice
The Sweet Potato
Preheat your oven to 200*C. Put a steamer filled with an inch of water, on the stove top to boil.
Peel and wash one sweet potato, chopping into small pieces.
On a tray, prepared with a 1Tbsp Olive Oil, season the sweet potato with black pepper, salt and garlic salt. Don’t be afraid to use your hands in this step, the more the seasoning covers the potato, the tastier it is!
Once this is done, pop it into the heating oven. Cook until soft and browned at the edges. If it goes black, they’re not burnt, it’s the natural sugars in the sweet potato caramelising.
Preheat your pan on medium heat, with a 1tsp Olive Oil.
Wash your mushrooms under running water.
Chop into slices, and place into the now-heated pan.
Season with black pepper and salt.
Once it starts to brown, add 1 Tbsp of Tamari Sauce, and a dash of water.
Cook until the mushrooms have absorbed the sauce, and are soft and cooked.
Wash your broccoli under running water.
Chop your broccoli into larger florets and place into your steamer. If you don’t have a steamer, place in a pot with a cm of boiling water.
This step is to only soften the broccoli so it’s barely cooked. It’ll go a slightly deeper green.
Use these veggies as bases for other meals, or combine for a filling and healthy lunch. They are whole foods, simply cooked, yet taste delicious. Top with cashews, or hummus, and enjoy!
THE HEALTH BENEFITS:
- Sweet potatoes are naturally high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and manganese.
- Manganese is good for healthy bones, sugar regulation, PMS symptoms.
- Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fibre and potassium.
- Mushrooms are definitely underrated; even though they’re bland in colour, they have many powerful antioxidants.
- Mushrooms are an excellent source of fibre and protein, iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and selenium.
- Selenium is a trace element which supports the immune system; detoxifies elements of the body which can cause ageing, cancers, etc.
- Selenium is also found in Brazil nuts, you would only need to eat 2 Brazil nuts to get your daily dose of Selenium. With the added bonus of the Omega-3 fatty acid also found in the nut.
- Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, folate and fibre.
- Vitamin K aids your body in calcium absorption.
- Buying and eating any of these veggies grown in an Organic way increases flavour, and decreases your chances of consuming nasty pesticides sprayed on the vegetables to prolong shelf life.
Learning about the foods I put in my body is one way that has helped me go, and stay, vegan. Knowledge is powerful, but in my case knowledge is passion. Going vegan isn’t about being preachy, or trendy, it’s about realising how our bodies run better on whole foods from the earth.
There are many other ways I have stayed vegan; animal rights, environmental and economical. I’ll leave a list of my favourite vegan resources down below if you are thinking about making the change to a plant-based diet.
“Why am I vegan? Because I want my refrigerator to look like a garden… not a morgue.”
Happy eating! And don’t forget to drink that water, don’t even get me started on the health benefits of that.
Documentaries, speeches & books I recommend:
‘The Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear’ – performed by Gary Yourofsky
‘The China Study’ – written by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell
‘Forks Over Knives’ – a documentary
‘Food Choices’ – a documentary
‘Cowspiracy’ – a documentary
‘Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat’ – written by Glen Merzer and Howard Lyman