We are seeing the beginning of a global shift in dietary habits. Gradually, people are moving away from eating meat, fish, dairy and other animal-based products, and they are starting to eat more plant-based foods instead. There are several reasons for this, most recently the growing awareness of the detrimental effects of the animal agriculture industry on environmental issues such as global warming.
In making the transition to this new dietary lifestyle, you may be faced with several challenges. One common thing we often hear is that people have a difficult time cooking frequently. This is because of a lack of time or because of feeling the pressure of having to cook something new all the time. The latter is especially true when starting a new diet. Some individuals often opt for services like prepared meals vancouver, which makes starting a new diet much easier.
To handle this challenge, our recommendation is to do lots of meal prep of your plant-based dishes.
What you need to know about meal prep
The basis of meal prepping is to set aside a time each week or month to do lots of batch cooking. For example, some people like taking some time away from it all on the weekends and preparing big meals that will last several weeks.
It is useful to have a decent size freezer to store all the cooked foods, while kitchen equipment like a food processor, pressure cooker and slow cooker will help make things a little easier for you.
If you can cook on multiple pits as well as in an oven, you will be able to cook lots of things at the same time.
In terms of ingredients, you can make your plant-based meal prep as healthy, cheap and easy as possible. We recommend using lots of beans, lentils, brown rice, pasta, and inexpensive vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli and red cabbage. Note that each of these four vegetables have a different colour. That is something else we like to emphasize. Cook as many different colours as you can. As they say: Eat the rainbow!
In summary, the main benefits of meal prepping your plant-based dishes are:
- Saving time
- Saving money
- Eating healthier
Experiment and tell us about your favourite plant-based meal prep dishes!