THE VEGETARIAN KITCHEN
With more people opting for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free foods, there has been a growing question as to how we can make our kitchen friendlier towards such a lifestyle. Kitchens usually have an overall focus on the items that you need to cook your meals, which means that there isn’t really a focus on one specific type of thing. However, you’ll need to make some changes in your kitchen, or if you’re getting a new one, you’ll want to keep some things in mind, that’ll help you get the best out of your dietary system.
Here are some things that you’ll need to do.
Stocking Your Cupboards
The first thing you need to make food are ingredients, so you’ll need to make sure that your pantry is full and has all the right stuff to make a healthy meal. Everyone has a different preference so there isn’t a hard and fast rule as to what you must have.
- Frozen Produce
Having already peeled, packaged and washed frozen produce can be a blessing when you are running low on fresh supplies. You can use frozen vegetables in soups, and frozen berries in smoothies.
- Oils, Condiments
For getting more flavour to your dishes you can stock up on olive oil, vinegars, hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, low-fat mayonnaise etc.
- Dry Goods
Dry goods have a long shelf life and you can keep a lot of them in your cabinets in proper containers. Pasta, barley, quinoa, flour (whole wheat), rice, breadcrumbs, cocoa powder etc. are great examples of what you can have.
- Nuts, Seeds and Fruits
If you need a little snack or something to nibble on in the middle of the night, these are good options; almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and other such things. You can use the fruits to make juices and salads.
- Refrigerator Items
Having a filled refrigerator is as satisfying as it is great for your meals. You can get, milk, yoghurt, sour cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, eggs. However, you’ll need to be careful about keeping them for long times.
The Right Tools
Even if you have the right ingredients it’ll become hard to make the right dish if you don’t have the right tools and utensils. These are some of the things you can consider.
Juices are a great way to get your vitamin intake and the proper fibres. Getting up in the morning and having a glass of fruit or vegetable juice is a great way to start the day.
- Tofu Press
Making tofu is hard, but if you’re a vegan you’ll know that it’s worth it. A tofu press will take out the liquid from it and give the tofu a strong texture.
- Slicer and Chopper
Having to chop vegetables is a real hassle and can be quite a chore. But if you have an all in one slicer, you’ll get the perfect results in no time.
You know the benefits of eating steamed vegetables, we won’t go into that. So, you’ll need the right steamer for your kitchen.
- Good Knives
These are a must for meat eaters and vegetarians. Having the right cutting tools ensures that the food is prepared easier and contributes to the appearance of the meal.
- Separate Chopping Boards
If you are preparing different meals then you should avoid using the same chopping board for any vegetarians, vegans or Gluten Free meals.
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