3 huge lessons my vegan friends taught me about cooking healthy

My relationship with meat and animal byproduct is simple: I love it. So anytime I find out another one of my friends is making the change to no animal products, I feel like I’ve lost a soul-sister in eating. However there are a few lessons my vegan and vegetarian friends have taught me that are changing the way I think about cooking at home. Essentially, these changes have made some of my favorite dishes healthier and even tastier!\r\n

Mushrooms aren’t just a topping in your salad

\r\nMushrooms hold superfood status. That means they are loaded with some of the most potent nutrients on earth. Mushrooms in your regular diet means better weight management and a healthier immune system. They also act as a “prebiotic” for the growth of probiotic gut organisms. Not only are they great for your body, but they can be a great addition to a meal or stand alone. A portobello mushroom, for example, is usually the substitute for a juicy burger when there’s no option for a veggie burger. The size and consistency in the complex fungi is similar to meat when it’s not overcooked.\r\n

Coconut milk is king

\r\nIf you’re not a huge milk drinker or cheese lover, the no dairy part of eating vegan probably won’t bother you — at least until it’s time to cook or bake. Almond and soy milk work too, but they can be too watery. Coconut milk adds just the right amount of thickness to mix and make things like pasta sauce, soup, and desserts you’d normally need dairy based milk for.\r\n

Apple sauce comes through in the clutch

\r\nBaking can be pretty hard without eggs.They give structure and moisture to baked goods especially.It’s very sweet but it doesn’t alter the flavor. Apple sauce is a great recipe substitute for eggs.  You’ll get a fluffy and rich result opposed to what you get from other replacements like banana. For every egg you need, 1/4 cup of applesauce is just as good. Be cautious though: Applesauce in baking reduces fat which means a shorter baking time.\r\n

An extra bonus lesson: Nothing replaces the taste of meat. So if you’re going to quit animal products and byproduct, know that it’s a commitment that requires creativity and dedication to the lifestyle.

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