Eating a plant based meal requires a bit of preparation- not that it’s harder to do but just to be prepared to take a meal on the go at any given time! Eating healthy in general needs some food prep time, not matter what diet you follow. I’ve found that following a plant based diet is actually more convenient. Less cooking time, more fresh food! Here are some of my staples that I always have to ensure I can create a healthy meal in under 30 minutes!
Always have beans on hand. Beans are hearty and full of protein and can take the flavor of anything you mix with them. Beans need to be soaked at least 24 hours before cooking to make them easier to digest. Always have soaked and boiled beans ready in your fridge. If they are pre soaked, the boiling time is faster. When they are boiled they can keep in an airtight container for about 3 days before going bad.
Long lasting vegetables
Vegetables with hard outer skins such as upo, squash, sayote, eggplants keep for a long time inside and outside the fridge. Having these on standby will make a meal in minutes.
Don’t Wash Leafy Greens
Don’t wash your greens before you need to use them! Keeping greens in a cloth bag helps to prolong their freshness as the bags absorb the moisture. Check out our woven produce bags here.
Peanut butter and almond butter are great pantry staples as they provide an instant boost of good fat and a little sweet treat when needed. Perfect on top of bread or a fruit!
Hummus is my favourite! I love it so much that I used to make it for my friends to bring to dinner parties. It can go with everything- bread, vegetable sticks, on top of a salad! My friends at Silver Platter loved the spread so much that they decided to collaborate on a recipe to create a Gorgeous Green Hummus! Check out Silver Platter and Mesa Ni Misis Gorgeous Green Hummus here.
Spices to take you around the world
I keep a few spices on hand to create dishes inspired by international flavours!
Indian: Garam Masala,Curry powder,Turmeric, Cumin
Italian: Italian mix,Oregano ,Basil,Thyme
Dill: ads a kick of freshness to salads or hearty dishes
Fresh Turmeric: A wonderful anti inflammatory. Brew it with ginger and a squeeze of lemon to fight off any sickness and as a general way to maintain health.
Pantry items: Pasta, glass noodles, oatmeal, plant milks, other dried legumes.