An Introduction To A Vegan Diet And Vegan Recipes

Many of us have heard about this term, but there is still a significant number of people who don’t know what vegan diet is. We all know that vegetarians do not eat meat, poultry or fish. On the other hand, vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other products of animal origin. When it comes to food this means that they don’t eat honey, dairy products or eggs for example. Veganism also doesn’t approve the use of animal products in general like clothes made of fur, leather or cosmetics made from animal products.

Many people want to know what is the reason behind people’s decision to become vegans. The truth is that people choose to be vegan for health, environmental or/and ethical reasons. There are vegans that feel that they promote the meat industry by consuming dairy products and eggs. This actually makes sense because when the chickens and cows become too old to be productive, these animals are not becoming retired; they are killed and used for many other things. Male calves that don’t produce milk are used to obtain veal or other meat products. Some vegans avoid milk and eggs due to the specific conditions in which these foods are produced. Many vegans choose this lifestyle, so they can promote a better and more humane world with their own example. These people know that they are not perfect, but they are doing their best to protect the world.

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Vegan diet

A vegan diet comes from the ways of living and thinking that excludes all foods of animal origin. The vegan diet is based on plant foods and devoted vegans often put all their attention on consumption of organically grown food. There are plenty of vegan recipes that can be used for any meal.

Vegan diet compared to omnivorous diet is very different because vegans don’t take protein and fat from animals and this part of the food pyramid is replaced with legumes, soy products and nuts. The main place is left to the cereals, as a rich source of complex carbohydrates such as millet, rice, oats, wheat etc. or legumes that are great source of protein too. Legumes include lentils, beans, chickpeas, peas, broad beans and soy beans too. In addition to legumes, soy protein isolates are another great source of protein. Some of these isolates include tofu, also known as bean curd, seitan (isolate that comes from gluten) and tempeh (a direct product of the fermentation of soybeans). Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts are also an excellent source of protein. In order to get all the essential amino acids (proteins are a combination of amino acids), it is very important to combine cereals and pulses because they can provide all the necessary amino acids only when used together. A good example of these combinations is peas and rice.

Vegan recipes

Although vegan diet forbids the use of many foods that people usually use, the fact is that there are many vegan recipes that can be used to prepare healthy and tasty meals. The following is a list of some of the best vegan recipes.

Orecchiette with broccoli

Ingredients:

250 grams of orecchiette (fresh pasta)

500 grams of broccoli

3 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

Salt

Pepper

Instructions:

Carefully wash the broccoli and split it into small flowers. The pasta and the broccoli should be cooked together in salted water. Once you are finished, put a small amount of the liquid aside. Soak some finely chopped garlic in the olive oil. Mix the cooked pasta and broccoli. Use some of the liquid if necessary.

Falafel

If you want to feel the tasty Middle Eastern cuisine, then falafel is the right meal to start with. This food is known for its unusual appearance and texture, but also for its beautiful taste and scent. If you are looking for easy vegan recipes you should probably skip this one, but if you have the time and willpower then you should definitely try it.

Ingredients:

250 grams of dried chickpeas

One small red onion

Four cloves of garlic

8 grams of fresh coriander leaf

12 grams of fresh parsley

35 grams of flour

One chili pepper

25 grams of salt

4 grams of baking soda

5 grams of crushed coriander seeds

5 grams of ground cumin

300 ml of oil

8 grams of pepper

Instructions:

Clean the chickpeas and rinse under a jet of water. Put them in a deep bowl and soak them in cold water so that the water is above the chickpeas for at least three fingers. Leave them overnight to “swell” (for about 12 hours).

After that, shake the water and rinse them thoroughly. Next, strain them well. Chop the chickpeas in a blender and chop them until they get a creamy texture. If it feels too dry add 5 drops of water and keep chopping. In the blender put some chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh coriander, chopped garlic, chopped chili pepper, chopped onion and two tablespoons of chickpeas paste. Blend everything well in order to get a thick paste. The green paste should be mixed well with the chickpeas paste. Mix the flour, cumin, coriander seeds, baking soda, grated coriander seeds, pepper and salt in a small bowl. After that, add the paste and mix everything until you get an even mixture. Wet your fingers and create balls. Put the balls on a plate. The oil should be heated in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Put the balls in the oil and fry them for about three minutes until they get a nice golden color. Enjoy!

Don’t forget that there are many vegan desserts that you can create in your home. Some companies have started to sell prepared vegan meals so you can easily find them in your local store. Most of the vegan recipes don’t require much time and too much ingredients and the best part is that there are many of them who are actually tastier than the meals we usually eat.

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