VEGAN COOKING FOR BEGINNERS – My Top 10 Tips!


– Hi friends, it’s Sam, and
today I’m gonna share with you my top 10 tips for vegan
cooking for beginners. Now, I know that when I went
vegan, I felt like I had to relearn all of my cooking
techniques and skills because I didn’t really
know how to cook vegan food, and fair enough, I had
been cooking the same way for my entire life until that point. So I wanted to share with
you my top 10 tips for new vegan cooks so that
that way hopefully cooking becomes an easy, breezy,
wonderful and totally scrumptious experience for you. I would like to say a big
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cooking for beginners. So tip number one starts
at the grocery store. Now of course, in order
to cook you need some food to cook with, so keep it simple. Start with things that you
already know and love that are already vegan, such as
vegetables, fruit, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Then you can start adding
in the vegan versions of things you might be used to. So try some non-dairy milk,
a vegan butter alternative, you can even try some
vegan alternative meats. Check out the health food
aisle, or what I like to call the hippie aisle, and see what kind of fun vegan things there are. But also, there’s a lot
of things that are in the other aisles that are gonna
be accidentally vegan too. Almost all dry pasta is
vegan, tomato sauces, chips, crackers, there’s all sorts
of good stuff, so just check the ingredients to make
sure and maybe some of your favorite things are already vegan. Tip number two is cooking tools. Now the good news is you
don’t really need anything different than you probably
already have for cooking. My number one favorite, most important, essential cooking tool
is a good chef’s knife. If you are looking to invest
in a good knife, do not worry about the cooking block
full of a million knives. You really only need like one
good chef’s knife and you can do almost everything with this knife. Now I know this might look
intimidating, especially if you hold it like this. (Sam making screeching noises) But a big knife is actually
so much easier to work with. The long blade means it can
easily cut through things like a squash, it’s got a lot
of weight so it’s gonna do most of the work for you and
the wide blade means you can scoop things up easily,
toss them in a pan. And my other two favorite
cooking tools are a food processor and a blender. Now you don’t need these to
get by, but if you’re looking to invest in some nice
appliances or your birthday or Christmas is coming
up and you wanna add it to your wishlist, I’ll link all
of my favorite kitchen tools down below in the description. Tip number three is don’t be afraid. Vegan cooking can actually
be really, really easy. There’s many benefits, like
you’re not gonna poison yourself if something is undercooked,
so you don’t have to be scared of eating your own food,
but also vegetables tend to cook quickly or you can even eat them raw, so dinner can be done in
like 15 minutes if you want. Keep in mind that you’re
already eating vegan food although you might not
think of it that way. Potatoes, pastas, veggies, fruits. Cook up the things you’re
already cooking and just make more of them and enjoy that, so easy. Vegan cooking is quick
and easy to prepare. I even have a tab on my
blog where you can click 30 minute recipes. It’ll pull up all my recipes
that take 30 minutes or less so you can have dinner in no time. Tip number four is to rethink
how you treat your vegetables. Now I can’t tell you how many
times people have told me that vegetables or tofu is
boring and bland and flavorless, and then I look at what they’re
preparing and they spend all this time marinating,
seasoning, grilling, barbecuing, all these different treatments
to the meat on their plate and then they like, boil the
broccoli or steam the broccoli and toss it on the plate. Obviously the broccoli
isn’t gonna be as exciting if you treat it that way. Now if you did all of those
same treatments, the seasoning, the marinading, the barbecuing,
the smoking, the grilling, whatever you do to a vegetable,
to broccoli, potatoes, tofu, beans, any of them, they’re
gonna taste a lot better. It’s really about how you treat it. Can you imagine if you
just boiled up some chicken and had no flavorings on it,
served it, obviously that would be really bland and boring and disgusting, so why do you expect
vegetables to do all this work on their own? Help ’em out a little. Give ’em some spice, give ’em some treat. Treat them how you would
cook the meat on your plate and you’re gonna love them so much more. Number five, veganize your favorites. Stick with what you know
and just make it vegan. So if you have pizzas on
Fridays and tacos on Tuesdays and pastas on Mondays, do all of that. Have pastas on Mondays
and tacos on Tuesdays and pizzas on Fridays. Just make vegan versions of them. You don’t have to suddenly
fall in love with Buddha bowls and green smoothies and energy balls. Stick with what you know,
stick in your comfort zone, and just like, little, little
inches out towards veganism and you’re gonna enjoy it a lot more. You can try veganizing them yourself. I have a video on how
to swap this for that to make it vegan. I’ll link it down below or
I have a boatload of recipes on my site and in my cookbook,
where I veganize everything for you already. Number six, don’t be
afraid to try new things. Now you might come across
some vegan recipes or dishes and think it’s kinda
weird, it’s different, it’s not what you’re used to. Try it, maybe you’ll like it anyways. Some people think vegan
meat alternatives are weird and gross and creepy, and
here I am thinking eating dead animals is weird and gross and creepy and I would rather just eat
the things that are made out of plants. I find that a lot less creepier. So keep an open mind, try
new things, and maybe you’ll like some and maybe you won’t
like others but then you’ll learn what you like and
you can find your way. And give it several tries
before you really give up on it. I know when I first tried
nutritional yeast, I didn’t even like it and now it’s one
of my favorite things. I sprinkle it over popcorn
almost every night. Love, I love that stuff. Nutritional yeast, and it
was only because I tried it more than one time and my
taste buds adapted to it. Apparently it takes about 10
tastes for your taste buds to adapt to a new
flavor, so give it a try, keep trying new things,
and maybe you’ll find your new favorite. Tip number seven, spices. When people tell me that
vegan food is bland, I point out to them that their entire spice cabinet is vegan. Check out my spice drawer. I know it’s a really big
huge mess, but this gives you an idea of all of the flavors
I can infuse into my food. There are endless possibilities
of combinations and adding some spice to your beans or
your tofu can take it from totally bland and boring
to next level delicious. If you don’t have many spices
now, that’s something you can really start building up. Every time you try a new
recipe with a new spice, pick it up, slowly build up
your collection, and you’ll see what you love and before
you know it, you might have a terrible looking drawer like I do. Tip number eight is about vegan baking. So when it comes to vegan
baking, it’s very easy to follow your same recipes except replace the dairy with non-dairy milk, with
vegan butter, vegan yogurt, any of that kind of stuff. Now to replace the eggs, it
can be a little bit trickier for things like muffins,
cookies, and cakes. You can use a store bought egg replacer. You can use chia seeds
or flax seeds and water. You can use banana,
you can use applesauce. There’s lots of different
options, thought all give slightly different results. If you don’t want to
experiment when it comes to vegan baking, you don’t have to. I’ve done it and a lot of
other people have already made a vegan baked version of
basically about everything there exists in the world already. Whether it be muffins
or cakes, cookies, pies, we’ve done it all. We’ve veganized it, so just
Google up a vegan recipe, search my blog, check out my cookbook, ton of good stuff for you. Easy peasy, done. Tip number nine is my favorite
tip, and that’s to eat more. Yeah, love it. Other than oil, meat and
cheese tend to be the most calorie dense foods, so when
you take the meat or cheese out of your diet and replace
it with low calorie vegetables, you are eating a lot less
calories, so feel free to have bigger portions, eat
more, go back for seconds, even thirds if you want. If you are feeling tired or
weak or hungry, it just means you’re not eating enough food,
so go back and eat some more. And lastly, number 10,
practice makes perfect. If you find vegan cooking
a little bit of a struggle in the beginning, don’t worry. It’ll get easier over time. You’ve probably been cooking
the same way your entire life, so to make a shift can be
a little bit challenging in the beginning, but it’s
just about breaking old habits and forming new ones. Once you get the hang of
vegan cooking, it’ll just be really easy and natural to you
and you won’t have to stress or think about it at all. I hope you enjoyed this video,
and if you do, let me know by leaving a like. If there are other tips and
tricks that you find helpful for your vegan cooking, let
me know down in the comments. I love to hear your ideas. Don’t forget to subscribe
for a brand new fuss-free vegan video every single Wednesday and I’ll see you next week. Bon appetegan!
(chicken clucking) Say hi to the camera, Chickpea. You’re such a good girl, Chickpea. The cutest dog ever, aren’t you? Look at that tail go. Give me a hug?
Cutie.

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