I often see plant-based recipes that look interesting, but when I look at a long list of ingredients or complicated directions, I get turned off! When I decided to start this blog, I wanted to encourage people to make recipes that are simple, easy and do-able any day of the week!
Easy and Simple Ingredients
I try to incorporate ingredients that are a) easy to find, b) delicious and c) will have broad appeal when trying to feed a family or group of people. If you have kids that aren’t big fans of vegetables, start out slowly with familiar ones, then gradually add new ones. I’ve made meals for kids who tell me they don’t like vegetables, and they finish every bit of their meal!
I’m a big fan of meals that can be put together in one pot with delicious ingredients, sauces and seasonings. This includes soups, stews and stir-frys. These types of dishes are very versatile since you can substitute, add or omit ingredients based on what you have on hand or what your family likes!
Obviously, it’s always better to use fresh garlic, onions, ginger, etc, but dried/powdered spices are great in an attempt to save time. The main ingredients are the stars of the dish, so to save time, go ahead and use your dried spices!
Start an Herb Garden
Consider starting an small herb garden or container garden in the warm weather. I always plant parsley, oregano, basil, thyme and dill. These herbs require very little maintenance, and adding fresh herbs to any dish will make it brighter and more flavorful!
Lastly, as you prepare more plant-based dishes over time, consider joining a local CSA (community-supported agriculture) if you can find one in your area! Every week, you will get a box of local, seasonal vegetables (and sometimes fruit too) that are beautiful, fresh and flavorful! You will not be disappointed. All of the photos on this page are from my CSA boxes! 🙂