Vegetarian this month? You’re not alone: The campaign saw people go vegan throughout January, with record registrations in 2016, surpassing , People all over the world want to take up the challenge.
In fact, as people become more concerned about the environmental and ethical concerns of eating meat, fish and dairy, in recent years the movement has inspired more and more Plant based. The meat and dairy industry alone accounts for 000 .5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to United Nations estimates. Meanwhile, a 600 study found that food-related emissions could be reduced by up to 000% 2050 If everyone in the world became vegetarian.
Happily, a new wave of plant-based chefs are now leading the way in creating delicious vegetarian meals that do less harm to the planet. Check out their top tips for this Veganuary below.
Rachel Ama, of One Pot: Three Ways Author
“Veganize your favorite recipes! This can help you get creative and enjoy flavors you already love. For example, for your favorite curry, keep the same spices and base of onion, garlic or ginger But instead of adding meat, swap it out for something like jackfruit, cauliflower, butter beans, or sweet potatoes. There are plenty of veggies to choose from, and you can even add meat substitutes.
“Cooking a lot saves time and stress. There’s nothing like coming home from a long day at work knowing your dinner is ready – all you have to do is heat it up and add some fresh zesty sides.
“For your daily ‘essentials’, swap milk for nut or oat milk. There are plenty of vegan-friendly butters in the supermarket, or buy good quality extra virgin olive oil. [Option] Agave or maple syrup instead of honey. Tofu, tempeh, edamame, lentils, and beans are great protein dressings. Use soy, cashews, almonds, or my favorite, coconut instead of dairy yogurt. Lots of options too Vegan protein powder.”
Alexis Gauthier, Chef Patron of Gauthier Soho
Pasta with Tomato and Basil , ratatouille, dal, jalapeños and more. We are lucky that there are now thousands of products to choose from. I’d try the Linda McCartney plant-based sausage or the Beyond Burger because they’re really delicate. Really, there’s never been a better time to go vegan. ”
Anna Jones, author of One: Pot, Pan, Planet
“Treat vegetables like meat: lots of things are better on the grill, [with] a little char and smoke. Season properly – add salt in stages, tasting as you go. Meanwhile, fresh herbs like chopped parsley or dill can make a great addition to a plant-based dish. Also keep in mind umami – the tangy flavor you get from things like sun-dried tomatoes and miso.
“One-pot meals are always easy to make and often nutritious. Check out what produce is best this time of year: Lots of root vegetables , dark leafy greens, and citrus. Flip through your favorite cookbooks, or take a look at Instagram and you’ll find tons of recipes. My top picks are dal and curries, stews, or pasta. Hearty food this time of year, And it’s easy to make. Don’t overcomplicate things [in the beginning], but maybe keep a recipe in mind that might involve a little more work and be done over the weekend.