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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. 🥩 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 🍳 without a side of bacon 🥓 or sausage and many times the eggs were smothered in cheese 🧀 . 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 🥦 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 🥂

Meal kit delivery boxes 📦 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 🚪 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 🌱 meal kit delivery box: Purple Carrot 🥕. I highly recommend anyone learning to cook plant-based meals to try out Purple Carrot 🥕. 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 🌱 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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