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How to Modify Your Favorite Recipes to Be Plant-Based

By Marni Wasserman

You may be thinking, “It’s all well and good to learn about these new foods and how to prepare them, but what about your old favorite comfort foods?” You know — the ones you’re afraid you’ll miss so much that you’ll just have to cheat on your plant-based diet. They’re the ones that are so good, you feel certain there isn’t a plant-based alternative.

Everything from chili to chocolate cake can be made with wholesome and natural ingredients.

Try these tips for modifying common comfort foods:

  • Chili: Because chili is a vegetable-dense meal, you just have to swap out the ground meat. Adding extra protein from kidney beans or black beans is a great choice.

  • Chocolate cake: Replace the milk, eggs, and butter with non-dairy milks, ground chia seeds, and coconut oil.

  • Pizza: Make crusts from whole-grain flour and use toppings such as nuts, seeds, avocados, and nutritional yeast — among other creative ideas.

  • Macaroni and cheese: Revamp this comforting childhood classic with gluten-free brown-rice noodles and a sauce made from butternut squash and tahini.

  • Meat and potatoes: Make a hearty dish with portobello mushrooms, tempeh, or tofu instead, with a side of sweet potatoes or squash.

Serve some of these new plant-based dishes alongside your old favorites. This may help you ease the transition to a plant-based lifestyle and show you just how delicious and satisfying plant-based foods can be! (See Chapter 5 for more about transitioning to a plant-based diet.)