If you’re still wondering what to set as your goal for the year ahead, why not expand your culinary skills by adding some interesting new dishes to your repertoire? Regardless of whether you’re vegan, veggie or omnivorous, it’s easy to fall into patterns of making the same old standby meals. With school, work and families keeping us busy it’s an understandable habit, but setting aside one meal per week to experiment and have some fun is a great way of breaking the monotony and maybe even discovering some new favourites. Keep a log so you know which recipes worked well and which perhaps need some tweaking before they’re attempted again.
The key is to pick a night that works best for you, and to prepare in advance. Look up recipes before you do your weekly shop and check through your pantry to make sure you have everything you will need. It helps to start with recipes that match the ingredients you already have, but you should expect to branch out eventually. Sticking to a particular culture’s cooking is a good way to built up a stock that you can use over and over again. Working with seasonal vegetables is also useful for deciding which recipe to try out first.
There are many places to find vegetarian recipes online, including our very own list of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Here are a few ideas to get you started, as recipes that may be a little different from what you’re used to.
Cumin Infused Vegetables And Chickpeas Over Quinoa – A lightly spiced dish with loads of goodies that you can mix and change depending on what’s in season. Rice also works as a base in lieu of quinoa, but if you’ve never tried it it’s definitely worth the experiment.
Cheeseburger Pizza – Branching out with pizza toppings can be a good way of trying something new when you’re feeling a little low on energy. This pizza replicates the taste of a classic cheeseburger in vegan form.
Beetroot And Chocolate Cake – You’ve tried chocolate cake, but how about beetroot? They add a surprisingly sweet moistness to a staple baking recipe.
Vegan Red Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut-Sriracha Sauce – Tofu is one ingredient that many treat with suspicion, but prepared correctly it’s a great addition to a vegetarian diet. Starting with simple recipes like this one is the best way to get started.
Make it your goal to branch out at least once a week by getting fearless and experimenting.
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