Nutritional yeast is no longer a niche product that only hippies use. Also known as “nooch” (you know, the first syllable of “nutritional”), is a superfood that not only packs a punch in flavour, but also in versatility and nutrients.
For vegetarians and vegans, it is a common substitute for ingredients in dishes that would provide that cheesy, unctuous flavour, but its uses are not limited to being just a cheese replacement. Nutritional yeast carries a deep umami flavour, so in addition to being a crucial ingredient to vegan macaroni and cheese, it’s also great for amping dishes like scrambled “eggs.”
In addition to its versatility, though, what makes nutritional yeast a staple in the cupboards of vegetarians and vegans? Here, we delve into why it is such a beloved ingredient and how it went from niche to delicious nooch.
At times of joy and at times of stress, there’s chocolate. It is always there for you and it always makes things better. Come special occasions and holidays, people will show up with a box of chocolates. And if we are being honest, there is really nothing like it.
Unfortunately, though, most mainstream chocolate brands are not at a place where they carry vegan-friendly varieties of their most popular offerings. No, there are no vegan Kit-Kats or Bounty Bar, but that’s not the end of the road for chocolate lovers who are also vegan.
“I think I could be a vegan… but I could never give up cheese,” says the skeptic. You’ve probably heard someone say this before, and on some level, you understand. Unctuous, bold, herbaceous, and pungent, a good hunk of cheese really is bliss. Sure, vegan cheese exists, but it’s always had a bad reputation, known to be plasticky, void of flavour, and rubbery in all the worst ways.
Luckily, there are a number of new vegan cheese brands that will have even the most enthusiastic cheese aficionado fooled. Made with ingenious plant-based ingredients, vegan cheeses not only have the right texture, but are also delicious.
So what is vegan cheese anyway? Here’s everything you need to know about vegan cheese.
Look, we get why salads get a bad rap. Salads you get at restaurants often make use of sad, boring, limp vegetables, and they often commit the greatest culinary sin of all: underseasoning. Bad salads can make healthy eating hard.
A salad is only as good as its dressing, and a good salad dressing should enhance the vegetables it coats. Though all grocery stores offer pre-made salad dressings, there’s such a large variety of them that can make choosing the right one overwhelming, especially if you’re vegan. Many rich, creamy dressings, for example, are generally not vegan-friendly because they typically contain eggs and/or powdered milk. Other times, those sneaky ingredients that aren’t vegan friendly may appear in a salad dressing that’s seemingly fine for vegans; be sure to read the label before purchasing!
And if you can’t find a vegan salad dressing? Make your own! The key is balance. But what else do you need to make a really good vegan salad dressing? How do you build the perfect vegan salad dressing every time?
Below, we dip into some of our favourite vegan salad dressing recipes. We hope you find one that you like!
Vegan was never a “thing” when I grew up. It was a foreign concept to me since I didn’t know anyone who was vegan and my parents would never consider a vegetarian, let alone vegan, diet. Vegetables were always important in our household and meals were never complete without something green, but meat still was king. Once when I was about 7 or 8, my sister and I decided we’d go vegetarian. We didn’t even last until dinner when my mom put out some of her classic Chinese-style meatballs.
The Lunch Hump is real. Making lunch day after day can seem daunting and never-ending, and the inspiration can run dry. Especially for those who are new to the vegan diet, it can be hard to stay creative in the kitchen. But, as they say, variety is the spice of life, and that’s why we at Planted Meals are committed to make every meal as exciting and fun as possible.
To make your lunch prep a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite lunch recipes, from snacks, to salads, to pizza. Here are some great vegan lunch ideas to make lunchtime exciting again.
For some, healthy eating can seem unattainable. Fast food and processed foods tap into the idea of convenience, and because the pace of our society seems to move so quickly, we definitely understand how it may have a hold over you. But what if we told you that healthy eating doesn’t have to take up all of your time, or burn a hole into your wallet?
Healthy eating is more than a diet; it’s a lifestyle, and we’re huge proponents of it. If you’re feeling stuck and don’t know where to start but want to start eating healthy, read on and start making changes.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is not to be taken as medical advice. As with anything else you may be putting into your body, be sure to consult with your doctor or dietitian first.
A whole foods plant-based diet will help you ensure that you’re going to get all the nutrients your body needs to function optimally. Your diet will be your first line of defense, but if you’re looking to reinforce your body further, taking a vegan multivitamin can be a good option for you as a supplement.
And there’s no shame in taking a multivitamin! Non-vegans often have trouble meeting the daily nutritional requirement. A multivitamin is simply a surefire way to do that. Vegans, however, shouldn’t be reaching for the same multivitamins as non-vegans, because vegans have different nutritional needs.
Here’s what you need to know about vegan multivitamins and where to find some of the best ones in Canada.
Frozen food gets a bad reputation. There’s a huge emphasis on fresh; fresh food, never frozen, seems to be the standard for healthy food, from Subway to Fresh Slice. Cooking frozen food for your family sometimes seems like a faux pas, carrying a negative connotation and suggesting that health comes second when it comes to feeding your family.
But is this really the case? When it comes to produce, are frozen vegetables as healthy as fresh vegetables? We’re hoping to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding frozen food. We believe that when it comes to health, convenience and affordability doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. We believe that you don’t have to choose between the two. We believe that you can eat healthy food and maintain a balanced schedule.
Here’s what we found when trying to answer the question, “are frozen vegetables healthy?”
Some are more familiar with this ingredient than others, but even those who were once naysayers usually come around. We’re talking about tofu, the sometimes jiggly, sometimes fried, and always delicious plant-based protein that is versatile and loaded with nutrients.
So for the uninitiated, what is tofu anyway? And more importantly, is it as healthy as many claim it to be? Soy products in general were once the darling of the plant-based world, but they’ve since garnered a different reputation—specifically, genetically modified soy. Does this mean we should stop eating soy? Or is it just GMOs? If it’s healthy, what are the health benefits of tofu?
We’re here to answer all your burning questions about tofu. Learn about the popular plant-based protein below.