One thing to remember if attempting to cook Whole Food Plant Based dishes as an attempt to try and see if there's a fit if you are new to WFPB Lifestyle.
Your tastebuds are not adapted the same way as a body who eats this way entirely. You may like the dish completely and agree it's flavorful and appealing but will you LOVE it? Perhaps you will but not the HIGH which comes from eating this way 100% of the time.
Consuming a diet which includes by animal products (fat and protein) simply "fires up" tastebuds from the same. The body craves the same and responds pleasurably to the expected "caloric denseness" of familiar dishes.
The following is an example of how WFPB cooking is achieved. Our tastebuds (reset completely to crave vegetables) go crazy for this type of dish. Full of fresh vegetables, cooked simply in a tasty oil free sauce atop a heap of steamed brown rice. We eat until completely satisfied and full without any guilt or digestive fallout.
WFPB dishes are less "calorically dense" and thus eating more is important, leaving the stomach to be full longer and satisfied in a different sense from balance of nutrients presented to absorb.
1) Simply take the vegetables you would like to include, we chose fresh asparagus from the farmers market yesterday, cauliflower (makes a nice heavy element), orange pepper (for color), local mushrooms, local zucchini and a very potent Vidalia onion (tears of joy). Chop all down to bite size bits/roughly.
2) Cooking Sauce...Put All in a Blender!
2 cloves garlic
1 knob of ginger, chopped
½ cup vegetable broth or water
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup Hoisin Sauce (vegan) ½
½ cup rice vinegar
2-3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch
(you may add a fresh hot pepper or chilli to the blender)
3) Heat up a non-stick skillet or Wok (as we use)over high heat, add onions and mushrooms first as the mushrooms will release water to cook the mushrooms down.
No OIL is required. We do not cook with any oil at all. there is no healthy oil nor place for it within a high carbohydrate diet. It simply will not work for weight loss or health.
TIP: Use tiny bits of water mixed with cooking sauce, a few TBSP at a time, to sauté veggies. It works beautifully cooking them down.
4) Add rest of veggies and about half the blended sauce. Cook until softened but not mushy. Add rest of sauce and cook for another minute or so, remove from heat.
5) Serve atop bowl of freshly steamed short grain brown rice. (organic brown rice blows away non-organic in flavour and texture) or black bean pasta is also delicious.
Whole Food Plant Based Cooking 101:
-Select Vegetables & Chop to size
-Make your sauce
-Sautee onions first (no oil, bit of water at a time)