A Lazy Person’s Guide to Using Plants If You’re Not Cut Out at Chopping a Million Veggies
PEDESTRIAN.TV has partnered with Ruffie Rustic Foods to show you that anyone can adopt a plant-based diet (even you).
So you decided to go full of veg. You swore never to walk the meat aisle again. You’ve given up on cheeseburgers and you’ve devoted yourself entirely to the veggie galette. Congratulations, your commitment to the cause at 3 a.m. in the face of a dirty burger at the wheel is admirable.
Now, I’m not going to ask you why you became a vegetarian. It’s personal, and we’re just getting to know each other. But let me ask you another question: Are you intimidated by the large number of vegetables that you are about to consume and / or chop? I mean, you’ve got things to do, places to go, TV to watch. You don’t have time to slice and dice 17 zucchini and 700 potatoes before dinner.
But fear not, new vegetarian. We hear you. We see you. We smell that lentil dhal simmering on the stove. So we’ve put together a list of vegetarian cooking tips to save you time in the kitchen.
As a carnivore, any kind of meat in a box is a tough patch. Unless it’s tuna, I don’t want a bar of it. Not to mention a can. Keep me away from this spam. But the lenses? Chickpeas? Red beans? Yes please. As a time-poor veggie, cans are about to become your best companion. Your deputy. The way to your eggs. Add them to stews, turn them into burgers, throw them in a curry. You are welcome.
Be ready for use
Have you been to the frozen food aisle lately? It’s a killer, no filler, an outright delight. This isn’t the chicken nuggets and party pies aisle of our childhood anymore, nowadays it’s full of all kinds of healthy, ready-to-eat meals – like those frozen Ruffie dishes. Entirely plant-based and prepared with primo seasonal ingredients, these meals are pure and tasty. Whether you’re craving a mushroom risotto or a chicken-free cutlet with Penne Pomodoro, you’re guaranteed a delicious after-work quickie.
Buy a blender
… .Or even better, a food processor. But if you don’t have a lot of cash to spend, your everyday blender will work great. Why? Because a blender is a magical time saver that will save your wrists endless amounts of hash. Use this blender to make hearty winter soups, pasta sauces or a veggie-rich smoothie. Keep patting yourself on the back.
Adopt the cuisine of the world
Here in Oz, we are a predominantly omnivorous society. Butchers are always a big thing. We love lamb, all that. But in other parts of the world, being a vegetarian is the norm. So, if you are looking for quick and easy recipe inspiration, now is the time to go global. Think chewy French quiche, Mexican refried beans, Italian aglio e olio pasta, and Indian saag aloo.
Do you have a slow cooker? Use it. A slow cooker does all the work for you. Whether it’s a curry or a casserole dish, all you need to do is roughly chop your veggies, hit Go and let sit for a day. Seriously, you can leave it on ALL DAY. But it goes up! Just be sure to leave your chopped veggies big, otherwise they’ll turn into delicious, delicious porridge.
That’s it for you guys. Just because you’ve decided to embrace this plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean you’ll spend the rest of your life cutting vegetables. There is a whole world of vegetarian food options – go out there and eat.
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