Show me a Whole Food Plant Based eater and they typically LOVE to show off their vegetables. When you see them laid out ready to go into a dish it's quite remarkable actually.
The thing is when you remove a major element from your diet such as "Animal Products" an entire world of food possibilities seep in to fill the gap.
Cooking Whole Food Plant based can be easy quick and simple or labor intensive.
That's much like regular old style cooking. The basic recipe for cooking Whole Food Plant Based is super simple.
WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED 101:
1) Choose from a Range of Colourful Vegetables, Legumes and Leafy Greens.
2) Cook without oil either in a fat free sauce or sauce with bits of water at a time.
3) Add to a Whole Grain Base which takes up 50-60% of your plate.
The key is that you are consuming a VARIETY of whole foods. That way your body can have whatever resources it requires when needed at that exact time. It may not need extra "zinc" all the time, every day etc.
Whole Foods provide everything a body needs including protein in the absolute amount necessary for nutrition. In fact, whole foods plant based foods provide exactly the optimal amount of protein as established in our food guidelines. There is no science that consuming "more" protein is better, that's just our natural tendency to think MORE of a good thing must be better.
It's simply not that way with food and nutrients. in fact, plenty of data to support MORE of a good thing can change the good thing to a bad thing.
T. Colin Campbell has a wonderful book "Whole" which examines the concept of singularity in nutrition. If you enjoy being educated on the concept then it's worth the read.
If not, simply enjoy the benefits which a Whole Food Plant Based Diet bring to your health and happiness.