What is a surprising fact you've learned after you started eating more plants?

Something that naturally happened when I adopted a whole food plant-based diet was discovering new vegetables, food items, and life hacks.

For example:

  • Applesauce: I use it to replace oil in baking.
  • Water or veggie stock to stir-fry veggies. At home, we are pretty close to cooking oil-free. Besides the health benefits, I also realized how cleaner our kitchen is now. Oil makes everything smelly, sticky, and hard to clean. Also, I don't need to buy heavy cleaning products anymore to clean my kitchen: baking soda and vinegar are enough.
  • Add Cannellini beans on smoothies. First time I read this I thought it was a typo! Beans don't taste anything and they add a nice texture to your smoothies! It's a hack that adds lots of fiber, good protein, and nutrients to your day. It can be an easy way to slowly introduce beans if you're not used to eating them.

What about you? :)

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    I didn't realize there's such a variety of plant-based foods out there. Most people think that eating plant-based is limiting but when I think about it, I eat more diverse now as I've ever been. I now eat millet, buckwheat, lentils etc; something I rarely touched in the past.

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    There's like a million different plant foods compared to the handful of stuff I used to eat week after week when I wasn't vegan. :)

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      what is your favorite? :)

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        Bok Choy has always been a favorite since even my pre-vegan days but something new I started to appreciate is the might kale.

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    That's an interesting one about apple sauce. Does it go with anything? I'm trying to cut down/out oil and would love to try this if it works with stir fries.

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      hi @kylegawley great question! Applesauce is more suitable for baking recipes like cake, muffins, cookies, etc.

      for fries, I use my air fryer. I add a bit of balsamic vinegar to help with the spices.

      If you want to use the oven instead, the key is to heat it up a lot and only add salt at the end. This video has some great tips, if you want to check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyQuo6llEzw

      I have to say that not using oil will influence a bit on the crispiness but not that much. I don't care because I'd rather not coat my fries in oil lol

      let me know how it goes!

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    I love adding beans to smoothies! Introduces some grit - but I much prefer that to the chalkiness of protein powders. I even snuck some lentils into my wife's smoothie the other day 🙈

    Here's one of mine - I like using miso to marinate tofu. I'll usually melt some coconut oil in the microwave and then stir in miso paste and tamari before coating the tofu chunks in the mixture.

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      oh my god, yes! My husband bought a protein powder and I just can't ingest it :x

      I have to say adding lentils is a new idea to me, I will definitely try that, great idea.

      About miso, I agree. It's like a secret ingredient that once you see how much it can add flavor and texture, you will add it to everything! I always it to stir fry recipes but will try adding to the tofu, I was mainly using old basic soy sauce :P

      Awesome suggestions, thanks for sharing @alexgalea!

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        I’ve never noticed the difference between soy sauce and tamari but most recipes I find call for tamari so I’ve started buying that. I look for low sodium stuff cos then I get more flavor for less salt.

        Hopefully this group gains some traction - I was pretty excited to find it :)

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          I think tamari is also soy free, so people that can't eat soy use it. I usually buy a low-sodium soy sauce brand because I couldn't find tamari on my local grocery store. I think liquid aminos is also a soy-free alternative.

          me too, I don't know yet how to make that happen, but we we'll figure it out! hoping to get more people sharing stuff here, like you! Cheers :)

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