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.