Think plant-based eaters can’t enjoy a good party or have fun eating at all? WRONG!! Our options are endless!!!
Hummus + ranch with veggies, Texas caviar + dipping peppers, chili, potato soup…the list goes on!
The saddest thing I hear way too often is that once you go plant-based, life gets boring + you can’t have fun anymore. DON’T BELIEVE IT! This simply isn’t just a diet or a fad or a craze; it’s a true lifestyle change.
I truly believe this is how we were created (in God’s image) to eat. Walking in the cool of the day, through the garden, yielding the fruit of the seeds He planted. He gave all of this to us TO EAT + prosper from (Gen. 1:29).
Ok, I won’t go too far into that, but you get the gist. Veggies are great. Plants are great. God is great.
So, here’s the deal – don’t be afraid!! I’ll say it again — don’t be afraid! Working with whole foods is not a scary thing. We have not been told for too long about how truly good the “good foods” really are for us! There are thousands of unidentified + undiscovered phytochemicals + nutrients in veggies + fruits…but just think about the ones we already know of!?! How crazy amazing is God!?!?!
Down to business…
I’m sure some out there are, so, if you’re concerned about, say, desserts and having to work with dates or anything that doesn’t come out of a box, don’t worry! Forks Over Kives’ (along with hundreds of other resources + magazines) website offers an easy + YUMMY Brownie recipe. I topped mine off with walnuts, + tastes even better served with a side of fruit!
That’s what’s fun about this—you can be CREATIVE! There are few vegetables or fruits or plants that I’ve put together and gone, “Meh, not so good.” But, you’ve gotta be willing to fail…you’re not gonna nail it every time, but that’s okay! Don’t give up!!
Today I decided to use up what I had in my fridge + pantry which was: 2 carrots, 1/2 white onion, 1 bunch bok choy, 2 green bell peppers, 1 hannah yam, and micro greens.
- Pour 2 cups of veggie broth (Whole Foods brand) into pan with 1/2 tbsp of thyme until it’s warm. Then dump cubed potato + sliced carrots, simmer on med-high heat for roughly 10 min, covered.
Once soft, dump onion + green bell pepper in with a 1/4 cup more of broth, simmer on med heat for roughly 5-10 min, covered.
Then throw bok choy in with 3/4 cups veggie broth + a dash of black pepper.
Let that all sit for about 10 minutes on low heat, covered.
- Serve hot + top it off with a small bunch of fresh broccoli micro greens.
This recipe took me about an hour to prepare + cook. Super easy, super yummy—who doesn’t want that!?! I had no recipe to follow but just threw everything into a pot + hoped for the best.
I really, really, really, really, REALLY love food. Like, really. So I hope this is helpful + encouraging to you! Just don’t give up…keep trying! You can do it!!