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Vegetarian Cooking Made Easy

By Fredrica Syren:

No matter whether you’re a meat eater or a full-time vegetarian, eating more plant-based food is good for the planet, your wallet and your health. Whenever I talk to people who would like to include more vegetarian food in their diet or would like to cook more and better vegetarian food, they always say they just don’t know how to do it and feel it’s too complicated. IMG_2611 (1)

Vegetarian cooking is really not that hard once you get the hang of it. All it comes down to, in my opinion, are inspiration, good produce, a well-stocked pantry with some staple products, and meal planning.

Inspiration—When I became a vegetarian 20 years ago, there were very few vegetarian cookbooks and absolutely zero websites to help me out. These days, I love looking for recipes on various vegetarian themed websites and blogs, and I have a huge stack of vegetarian cookbooks with beautiful pictures that I draw inspiration from. It makes cooking vegetarian both fun and easy. Two of my favorite vegetarian websites and blogs are Green Kitchen Stories, Earth Sprout and the Garden Grazer. Here on Green-mom.com, I also have lots of plant-based recipes to inspire you.20101205_market_235

Good produce—I say that, if you have good produce, it’s easy to cook anything well — especially vegetarian meals. I like to shop at my local organic farmers’ market for good quality produce that inspire my dishes. Usually you don’t need to do that much to fresh food to make it good. One day I got lots of yummy vegetables and some tortillas, and voila! I had the most amazing garden taco ☺vegan pantry

Fully stocked pantry—For successful vegetarian cooking, you need a few staples on hand like lentils, beans, nuts and seeds, tofu, seitan, as well as quinoa, tortillas, quinoa pasta, miso and spices. With these items and some fresh vegetables and fruits, it’s easy to make up a fun and tasty vegetarian meal….even in a rush.Meal planning

Meal planning—Meal planning has saved my sanity and lots of money; and I have found that, with just a little smart planning and food prep, weekday dinners are a breeze, especially if you are cooking vegetarian food. This way you can search for a few good recipes ahead of time, shop for the ingredients, and know in advance what you’re cooking. I also recommend planning simple meals that are healthy and easy, yet satisfying.

I think that, once you have a cooked a few vegetarian meals, you will find some favorites and start adding them to the weekly meal planning, and it will become routine. Just like that, vegetarian cooking was made easy.

Bon Appetite!

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. Typo in text. Pantry misspelt 😛

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