Thanks for joining us during our ‘Month of Plant-Based Eating’ program! Earth Balance® and Made Just Right® have partnered with over 25 plant-based diet experts to share tips for leaning into a plant-based diet. Today, we have two experts lined up to share their knowledge with you.
Our first tip of the day comes from Suzy Sorensen RD, LD, CDE. After 30+ years of standard American diet, a scuba trip for lobster hunting introduced Suzy to the fantastic lives of underwater creatures. This up close and personal view of the rich lives of animals began her journey to vegetarianism and, eventually, veganism.
As a dietitian moving to plant-based eating for compassionate reasons, she soon discovered that benefits to health and environment are also significant. As she became active in the Twin Cities veg community, Suzy recognized a need for accurate vegetarian & vegan nutrition information.
Move2Veg is an opportunity to support those who want to meet their nutritional needs through plant-based eating. Suzy works with both children and adults as a dietitian and diabetes educator.
Here’s Suzy’s Tip:
When moving to plant-based eating, use what you already know to keep it simple!
If your family loves tacos and sloppy joes, you can keep the same menu, but explore plant-based substitutes for the animal ingredients in the recipes!
A taco can quickly and easily be made with black beans or re-fried beans in place of the meat. Keep your usual taco shell and veggie toppings, use a dab of vegan sour cream and sprinkle of vegan cheese and you’re all set!
Use veggie crumbles, TVP, or crumbled seitan in place of the hamburger in a sloppy joe recipe. Mix into your tangy sauce, assemble on a bun and you’re in business. Creating healthier, compassionate meals that your family loves doesn’t need to be complicated, it’s as easy as a simple change!
Find more from Suzy Sorensen at her website: www.move2veg.com
Our next tip comes to us from Matthew Calverley. Not only is Matthew a member and regular recipe contributor to Made Just Right®, but he also runs his own site, Vegan Heartland.
Here is Matthew’s tip:
A simple place to start on your quest to eating a plant-based diet is to try re-working your family’s recipes by substituting with vegan ingredients. When I first started having my friends and family taste my baked creations – my dad would always ask me “Is this real cake?” or “Is this a real cookie?” That’s what I was up against. Luckily he’s come around after seeing that Vegan food can taste just as good as its non-vegan counterpart. And let’s be honest – my vegan desserts are probably more real than anything he’s been eating.
I know to a lot of people – the thought of “vegan baking” may seem overwhelming. No eggs, milk, or butter? How else are you supposed to make delicious desserts? It really isn’t that difficult – once you get the hang of it. In reality, baked goods don’t need animal ingredients to work. Eggs give moisture and help bind your baked goods, milk also gives moisture and that special creamy taste, and butter gives your desserts that delicious fatty, buttery taste. But guess what? There are endless Vegan options to use to make all of your favorite desserts and the best part is – they’re cruelty free and in most cases much healthier for you. Thanks to Earth Balance we have delicious spreads, shortening, and soy milk to help make our baking endeavors so much easier! Click here for a list of my favorite substitutions. For a delcious recipe that makes the most of these substitutions, check out my Decadent German Chocolate Cake as pictured above.
We’ll also be featuring a recipe for Matthew’s delicious Date Cookies later this afternoon, be sure to check back!
Do you have any tips to share for making perfect vegan baked goods? Share them with us in the comments below for chance to win today’s Everyday Giveaway of FREE Earth Balance®!