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How Do I Cook With Plants?

If your diet looked anything like mine prior to becoming plant-based, every meal was centered around a big slab of meat. ๐Ÿฅฉ I remember a period of time when I cooked 2-3 eggs every single morning for breakfast. Oh! And of course you can't have eggs ๐Ÿณ without a side of bacon ๐Ÿฅ“ or sausage and many times the eggs were smothered in cheese ๐Ÿง€ . Holy cholesterol!

I was also a Food Network addict. Any time I watched network television, I was tuned into Beat Bobby Flay, Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives, or the Kitchen. To this day, I still attribute the chefs of Food Network with teaching me how to cook. As I typed this blog post, I tuned into The Food Network to see an episode of the Kitchen that aired 04/17/2021 and was surprised! "The Kitchen is going green with seasonal recipes and sustainable ingredients, dishes include lentil stuffed peppers, broccoli ๐Ÿฅฆ stem salad, and a ratatouille sandwich." Incredible. Just one year ago I was appalled by the influence the animal agriculture industries had over the Food Network and it's viewers. There IS hope for the future! I also read recently that Chef Gordon Ramsey proclaimed he is going vegan after 30 years of cooking with meet and dairy. Cheers Gordon ๐Ÿฅ‚

Meal kit delivery boxes ๐Ÿ“ฆ also taught me a lot about cooking. I tried several of them through the years: Blue Apron, Green Chef, Hello Fresh etc. and I liked them all. The instructions were precise and easy to understand and accompanied by lots of pictures. I really liked that the boxes had everything I needed and were sent directly to my door ๐Ÿšช so I didn't have to waste time meal planning and grocery shopping. After watching The Game Changers and Forks Over Knives and deciding to explore a plant-based diet, I ordered a vegan ๐ŸŒฑ meal kit delivery box: Purple Carrot ๐Ÿฅ•. I highly recommend anyone learning to cook plant-based meals to try out Purple Carrot ๐Ÿฅ•. The only downside is that Purple Carrot tends to use a lot of oil and vegan mayo. I later learned how to lessen or omit the artery clogging fats and will show you how also.

Cookbooks? I have a few but I rarely use them for more than ideas.

Most of the plant-based 2 week and 30 day transformation books have meal plans and recipes at the end so I also look to those for inspiration.

Most of the time I turn to Pinterest for vegan ๐ŸŒฑ and plant-based recipes. I have a plant-based recipe board with lots of ideas and am constantly searching for new ones.

Forks Over Knives also has a good recipe app for your phone or tablet:

The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine has a link to recipes:

Forks Over Knives has a recipe link:

T. Colin Campbell's Center for Nutrition Studies has a recipe link:

Joel Fuhrman has a recipe link:

If you are absolutely not interesting in learning how to prepare your own meals, there are more options becoming available to you. MamaSezz and GoLeafSide are 2 options I intend to explore:

Daily Harvest may also be an option to explore for a convenient way to add more plants to your diet:

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