One of the most satisfying things about the vegan diet is transforming your favourite recipes into vegan-friendly ones. Being vegan doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavour, as making substitutions is much easier than you might think. In fact, many ingredients in your favourite recipes and meals that you love, can easily be swapped with food that’s vegan-friendly.
From breakfast to your favourite baked goods, here are some of our favourite easy vegan swaps for everyday cooking.
We’re excited to share our first recipe with you! It’s one of our top 10 meals, and one of our original recipes Natalie created back when we first started. It’s simple to assemble, easy to prep, and most importantly, super delicious.
As with anything new, the hardest part is often figuring out where to start. And transitioning to crafting delicious vegan dishes at home is no exception! Our wonderful and talented chef, Natalie is often asked “Where do you have to shop to find all these ingredients?!” Her answer? The same places she always has!
It’s a complete myth and misconception that eating vegan, or preparing vegan meals, requires access to a whole other universe of culinary skills or grocery stores. It’s often simply a matter of frequenting new aisles, buying the vegan versions of familiar products, and knowing where the best deals and products are. Lucky for you, Natalie has spilled all of her secrets on which grocery stores she likes getting specific products from (spoiler alert: you probably already go there!) and which store has a killer vegan hot bar. While these are her suggestions, your local stores may have different or altered offerings so feel free to experiment with your own shopping. Food should be fun, after all!
Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or simply looking to make conscious food choices when eating out in Vancouver, finding vegan dishes can be a struggle — especially if you don’t end up seated in a vegan restaurant. Lucky for you, the minds behind Planted Meals are dedicated to good food and sourcing the best vegan dishes you can find, in vegan eateries . . . or anywhere else! From East Vancouver to Cambie to Main Street, these are some of our favourite vegan dishes at not-vegan restaurants around town.
It’s January and that means it’s also VEGANUARY! Any time of the year is a great time to start a plant-based diet, but Veganuary is especially awesome as you’ll be joining hundreds of thousands of others around the world deciding to go vegan.
So you’ve taken this pledge to increase your plant-based meal consumption - now what?
Planted Meals is the brainchild of three very different but wildly capable and brave individuals. Natalie is the chef, chief menu planner, and the first to be vegan among the group. She’s made it her expertise to turn mainstream comfort foods into plant-based dishes that can last up to five days in the fridge—no small feat. Despite her skills as a chef, she remains humble and quick to pass off compliments and success to the other members behind Planted Meals. Mike helps in every area he can—not with cooking as he’s quick to point out—mainly on the digital presence of the company. Corbin is what Natalie describes as ‘the entrepreneur of the group.’ He’s on hand to make sure everything is going to plan and as smoothly as possible. It seems as though there’s a dream-team of sorts assembled behind the second plant-based meal delivery service in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Meeting in their kitchen late on a weeknight, the Planted staff is busy packing the deliveries for the next day while the three founders sit down for a bit of insight behind their quickly growing business.
Corbin Lowe, Natalie Young, Michael Lee
Welcome to the Planted Meals blog, The Root!
In addition to the exceptional meals we deliver all over the Lower Mainland every week, we want to be your go-to source for everything vegan. From tips and tricks to recipes, to new things coming to Planted Meals, this is the place to find it all!