Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and one of the most difficult things about being a vegan is these types of large gatherings that focus on food. Unless your friends and family are vegan as well or are willing to accommodate to your plant-based lifestyle, your best bet is to bring a dish that you’ll not only love to eat, but one that’s also great for sharing to show your loved ones how delicious vegan food is. This is, of course, unless you decide to host a fully vegan Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving!
Here are some of our favourite vegan-friendly dishes for the holiday, from sides to dessert. With these dishes, you’re bound to enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving!
A personal account on what it meant to be vegan in a Chinese household
My name is Natalie, and I’m one of the co-founders and also the Head Chef at Planted Meals. I’ve been on a vegan diet for four years, and my transition was mainly inspired by wanting to make our planet a greener and more sustainable place to live.
I come from a fairly traditional Chinese family. In addition to the standard dishes that all Chinese families feast upon, we also celebrate the major Chinese holidays, like Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival. Many of these celebrations surround food, and many of the dishes that are featured in these celebrations—which are often chosen for their auspiciousness, each dish representing something different—contain animal products. Needless to say, eating with my parents became a central point of contention when I first switched to a vegetarian diet.
Just because you’re vegan now, doesn’t mean your favourite recipes can’t come along for the ride.
“What will I even eat?” is one of the questions those who are thinking of adopting a plant-based diet often ask. There’s a common misconception about what it means to eat meals that are entirely plant-based, like how it means sad salads of wilted lettuce and tomatoes for every meal.
But the hashtag #whatveganseat on Instagram quickly debunks this myth. Plant-based diets can be satisfying, nourishing, and most of all, as comforting as your favourite meals that feature animal products.
Here are some easy ways to veganize your favourite recipes.
More and more studies have shown that plant-based diets are the way of the future. Not only is it a more sustainable way of living that ultimately contributes to a greener planet, but research suggests that it’s better for your health, too, promoting longevity, amongst other benefits.
For those who are new to plant-based diets, getting that daily protein fix is often something that becomes a major concern. The most common misconception when it comes to plant-based diets, is that one is at risk of not getting enough protein. Fortunately, there are a number of plant-based options that are protein-packed—and delicious, too!
Not all single-use containers are made equally. Here’s why we use Good Natured Co.
One of the most commonly asked questions that we get pertains to our packaging; that is, “why do you use single-use containers?”
Single-use containers may appear like a strange choice considering that our goal is to ensure that we actively help make the world a more sustainable place, but not all single-use containers are made equally.
Our packaging, which is actually fully compostable, is what sets us apart from other meal prep companies. Many other meal prep companies use the traditional disposable plastic containers. And, after a series of trial-and-error, we decided that our packaging is what aligns most with our beliefs at Planted Meals. Here’s a little background on how we got here.
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?