Now is the best time to welcome some new vegan-friendly traditions.
The holidays are coming up, and no matter who’s part of yours, many families are all about traditions when it comes to Christmas. Though these may differ from family to family, chosen or otherwise, many of them most likely surround food.
It can be tough for vegans during the holiday season since most holiday feasts heavily feature animal products, especially if they’re new to the lifestyle. But considering the growing popularity of veganism, now is the best time to welcome some new vegan-friendly traditions this year.
Here’s how you can veganize some holiday traditions or welcome new vegan ones altogether!
It’s that time of the year - we’re cozying up inside more, the atmosphere’s a little more festive, and there’s nothing quite like freshly baked goods from your own oven. You might have already started some quarantine baking earlier this year, but now’s the time to turn up the festive flavours!
In a past life, Head Chef Natalie was a big-time baker and even had a small home business making cakes and cupcakes for friends and family. This is one of her favourite recipes that she revisited this year and was delighted to find it tasted just the same veganized. Better yet, it required only buying the plant-based substitutions instead of a complete recipe overhaul
Look out for these ingredients in items in your everyday life.
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When you’re new to the world of veganism, things can seem a little overwhelming. There’s a lot to learn, many old habits to shed, and a list of things to look out for when it comes to things you can eat and products you can buy. Feeling overwhelmed is completely normal, but don’t let it scare you.
Beans, beans the magical fruit: the more you eat, the easier it’ll be for your vegan route
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Legumes—which include beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts—are heaven-sent for any vegan. They’re low in fat but satiating, varied and versatile, and they’re packed with protein, beneficial fats, and fibre. While many vegans utilize legumes as a meat substitution, they can actually be used in every meal—even desserts!
Knowing how to prepare legumes is the first step, as they come ready to eat canned, dried, or shelled. From there, the recipe options are endless.
To give you an idea as to just how great legumes are, here are some ways in which you can incorporate more legumes into your diet.
We’ve got some tips on how you can make your journey towards veganism a little easier
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There are plenty of benefits when it comes to veganism, from its positive environmental impact to its many health benefits. But becoming vegan isn’t something that most people can achieve overnight—and that’s okay! For some, cutting out animal products can happen immediately, whereas for others, giving up meat can be a little more difficult.
Though everyone’s journey to becoming vegan is different, some help can go a long way. So, to help those who don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a little guide that may help make the journey easier.
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.
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.