Vegans are increasingly buying vegetables for their dinner, and their love of vegetables is increasing.
The number of Australian households buying vegetables has soared in recent years, with a third of households saying they now eat vegetables at least once a week, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
And a new survey has found that more than 70 per cent of Australians are more likely to eat vegetables when their favourite foods are available, while nearly two-thirds of adults say they like the taste of their food when it is prepared by a plant.
And when it comes to cooking, it’s not just people’s tastes that are changing.
Vegans have also started using a variety of cooking techniques, with some taking on more adventurous cooking methods, such as sautéing, pan-frying and baking.
Here are five reasons why vegans are getting more adventurous with their cooking:Vegan dishes are getting betterThe Australian Vegans Union (AVU) has been a champion of the vegan lifestyle, with the national organisation working tirelessly to raise awareness of veganism and its benefits to society.
“When I was young, I was a very vegetarian and I ate a lot of meat,” Avanti says.
“I was very picky about what I ate, and then when I got older, I realised that I was eating far more vegetables and far more whole food, which I didn’t think was healthy.”
It’s all about the balance.
If you don’t eat enough vegetables, you’re going to get a lot more diseases like cancer, heart disease and a lot less good health.
“When you cook, you can do it betterA study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that cooking can significantly reduce the risk of developing cancers, and it can also reduce the number of people dying from these diseases.”
People are going to have to take a lot harder decisions about their diet because there’s been such a shift towards eating less meat, which is a good thing,” Aantas said.”
But I’m not a vegetarian myself, so I don’t think I’m going to do that.
But I do think I do like to cook a little bit more than others.
“Vegan recipes are making a comebackA lot of vegans prefer to cook with vegetables because they are a better source of protein and fibre than meat, but there are a few dishes you can add to your repertoire.”
There are also vegetarian and vegan recipes out there.””
And of course you can make vegan versions of traditional foods, such the mashed potatoes and the mashed sweet potatoes.”
There are also vegetarian and vegan recipes out there.
“If you’re really into meat, it can be tough to find a vegan meal because the standard veg diet has been very restrictive,” Aivis says.
“But I think if you’re vegan and enjoy vegetarian dishes, you’ll be rewarded.”
And while you’re at it, make sure you’re prepared for the unexpectedA few vegan-friendly recipes include the tofu-peanut soup with avocado and roasted red pepper, or the vegan curry with soy sauce and tomato sauce.
“There are so many delicious vegan dishes that are vegan and vegetarian,” Aiva says.
For more tips on cooking, check out our list of vegan recipes.
“The way that I cook is I make my own vegetables, I do a little of everything.
I do take some of my favourite vegetables and try to cook them up really well, which will get you to the next level.”
If you want to learn more about veganism, Avantis recommends getting started on a “vegan” course at a school, community centre or farm.
“Once you’ve got a basic understanding of how the food works, and the different ways of cooking it, then you can get really passionate about it and you can really get a sense of how it affects the planet and how it can benefit our health,” Aeva says.