Everyone can be a great home chef, and by learning a few simple strategies, cooking plant-based meals may even become an enjoyable and less daunting experience.
1. Get Stocked
To be a chef in any kitchen, it's important that the space is stocked with the right ingredients. Healthy staples like legumes and grains, fresh produce, and plenty of spices and condiments are a great place to start. For a more detailed list of what I mean, and even a peek into my shopping list, subscribe to the newsletter and get the Intuitive Chef Kitchen Pantry Guide as my gift to you!
2. Reset Your Strategy
Once you've reset your pantry, it's important to reset your strategy. I noticed I started to do a whole lot more chopping after I'd broken down my produce after every trip to the farmer's market. If you're not familiar with the term "breaking down" it simply means to prepare the produce for ease of use in future recipes or as a snack. So for example, cleaning mushrooms, chopping celery, and washing greens.
Do yourself a favor and invest in a sturdy knife, or a chef set, and learn how to sharpen your knives. You don't have to have the best of the best - just something that's got weight and feels comfortable in your hands. Get a good size cutting board while you're at it - and place a damp towel underneath if it slips on the counter.
3. Batch Cook
The other key factor in this strategy shift? Batch cooking! This will save you HUGE amounts of time and prevent you from feeling like there's "nothing to eat." Been there? Me too. By batch cooking grains like farro, quinoa, or brown rice, you can keep something on hand at all times to effortlessly build a power bowl, add to a salad, make a stir fry...get the idea?
Once you've got all the right stuff on hand is when the real fun begins! Got all the fixings for tacos but no shells? Make taco pasta or taco pizza! Odds and ends from the week that don't seem like they go together? Throw them in a stir fry! The possibilities are endless and the flavors will be different every time. You will never be bored when you eat this way, and it will help you learn to shop for produce that is ALIVE and in season, instead of blindly choosing something because it was called for in a recipe that looked good on Pinterest ;)
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See you in the kitchen! :)