In a previous post, Living With POTS: I Am Not a Zebra, I mentioned that I would be sharing some of the healthy vegan recipes from Forks Over Knives. We are newbies when it comes to cooking mostly all vegan. Since I wasn’t familiar with some of these recipes I made some mistakes along the way. If you are a vegan newbie like us, here are some tips that you may find helpful.
Initially when we started, I planned our meals for the week and then went shopping. Since most of the ingredients are vegetables, this helped things from spoiling. Sounds good right?! However, there were days that we just didn’t feel like a particular recipe. Another issue we found was that since it is just my husband and I we would have leftovers, so we really didn’t need to make a new meal every night. Therefore, I had a weeks worth of vegetables in the refrigerator that would have to spill over to the next week or so. Increasing the possibility of spoiling.
Before you go shopping, whether you like leftovers or not, look at how many servings the recipe calls for and either cut the ingredients in half or have enough to eat it again the following night!
What I love about the Forks Over Knives App is that when you are preparing your shopping list you can click on the ingredients you need from the recipe and it will immediately go into the App’s Shopping List. I added the Red Bell Pepper to the Shopping List in the image below.
Have certain items in your pantry and refrigerator, making sure that you do not purchase a lot of perishables. This is my list, which includes some items frequently found in the Forks Over Knives recipes we love:
Cans of Black/Kidney & White Beans
Quinoa and/or Brown Rice
Cans of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomatoes Diced and Fire Roasted
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Spinach and/or Kale
Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
Gluten Free soft tortillas
Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil
Read over the recipe before you get started. If it calls for cooked Quinoa, that takes around twenty minutes, so start preparing that first. Then cut up all the vegetables that the recipe calls for. The mistake I made is I didn’t realize I needed it already prepared and dinner that night was way later than planned!
If I don’t have Quinoa on hand I have been substituting with brown rice and so far all the recipes have tasted delicious. Some of the recipes call for salsas or sauces. Make sure you take that into account and prepare those ahead as well.
If you don’t have one already, purchase a medium or large food processor.
We purchased the Nutri Ninja 2-in-1. It is the perfect size for my husband and I. The Processor Bowl is 40 ounces and it also includes 16 ounce Nutri Ninja Cups for healthy shakes on the go.
I mostly love casseroles because I can prepare them in the morning and just put them in the oven when dinner time rolls around. This particular recipe is not only delicious & healthy but also very quick to make.
(Click here for the recipe:) The Forks Over Knives Vegan Enchilada Casserole is what we are having for dinner tonight.
I substituted the chard for what I had on hand, spinach and kale. Almost ready to put in the baking dish, top with cut soft tortillas and bake! Don’t forget to download the Forks Over Knives App and try these delicious recipes!
Please share with us in the comment section below any websites, cookbooks or apps you use when looking for healthy recipes.