Vegetarian Cooking 101

vegetarian cooking 101Even if you are a dedicated carnivore, eating a vegetarian dish from time to time can be a healthy change to your diet. Not sure how to prepare a balanced vegetable-based meal? You can attend an online culinary arts program to learn the basics, but in the meantime, here is what you need to know to get started:

Balance
Beef, chicken and poultry are full of protein, and it’s important to substitute those nutrients in your vegetarian dish. Look for produce that is packed with protein, such as edamame and soy beans. Eggs, cottage cheese, dried beans and almonds are good sources of this nutrient. Also, be sure to incorporate fiber into the dish to not only get its health benefits but also feel fuller. Carrots and peppers are both good sources of fiber.

Roasting
To make a flavorful dish, slow roast your food. This process of cooking at medium to low temperatures causes the water to evaporate. Vegetables can be comprised of up to 95 percent of liquid, the result of which is a flavor intense dish.

Texture
When you incorporate foods with a crunchy or chewy texture it can mimic the mouthfeel of meat. This in turn can make for a more satisfying dish. Simply add chopped nuts or mushrooms into a salad for a more interesting meal.

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