Vegan myths answered - A plant based diet just mushy veg

Myth One: Vegan food is just soggy vegetables.

No, not at all. You just need to think a bit before cooking or serving your meal. We can't use chunks of meat to add a dense texture to our meals but we can use plants in smart ways to do the same, if not better, job! Firstly, ensure vegetables are not overcooked and to add a mix of cook and raw veg to add a crunch. That is the BEST TIPP FOR YOU VEGANS.

  • Some vegetables are great raw; spring onions, peppers, broccoli, and beets; these even have more nutritional benefits when served raw. So use these vegetables to add that bit of raw bite to your food. 

  • While other vegetables have far more health benefits when cooked; such as asparagus (cancer-fighting properties), mushrooms (more potassium) spinach (absorb far more iron, calcium, and magnesium.)

  • Al dente is a word that is about to become your new best friend. You do not always have to cook veg the same way. Cook on a lower heat for longer, stir fry, bake, steam, all to the point of still having a bit of bite. 

  • Add nuts to your veggie mix. (make sure you bake the nuts first as this is a great way to get all the nutrients)

  • Add seeds such as sesame or sunflower

  • Add a crunchy pickle

  • Use raw and cooked veg but another good idea is to use two different ways to cook your meal. For example, toasted quinoa with a vegetable stir fry; garnished with raw spring onions and toasted almonds. 

  • Remember take off the heat while they still have a snap of freshness in them.