Getting Started with Cooking & Eating Healthier Food

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A lot of the questions I get about eating a vegetarian/mostly vegan diet are:

  • Where do you get your protein? (Stop right there. I’m going to end that real quick. Just about every natural food source has protein. You don’t need a whole lot of proteinย each day; 56 grams for the average man and 46 grams for the average woman. So y’all need to chill about the protein debate.) *side-note: I saw the funniest meme the other day regarding being vegan and protein:ย protein meme
  • How do I cook without meat or dairy? Simple. You just do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ No, seriously though. I have enjoyed cooking so much more since taking out meat and most dairy products. A lot of the non-dairy substitutes that are available are very comparable to dairy products. Plus, our weekly grocery bill is smaller since we aren’t buying meat.

The following cookbooks were, and still are, extremely helpful in getting started with eating a vegetarian/mostly vegan diet. Of course there is always Pinterest. This was a lifesaver too. There are so many recipes out there. So don’t be intimidated by cooking healthier meals. It’s not as scary as you think. Enjoy the process. You will become more confident in the kitchen. If I can do it, so can you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rich Roll & Julie Piatt – The Plantpower Way

The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for The Whole Family

  • This book not only has delicious and easy recipes, but it also has great evidence-based research about the vegan diet. It’s an artistic collection of simple recipes that can get you started. Before you know it you’ll be creating your own recipes!
  • Rich Roll has his own podcast called “The Rich Roll Podcast”. It’s great! He doesn’t just cover vegan topics. He interviews astounding and phenomenal people who have incredible stories to tell!

Dr. Michael Greger – The How Not To Die Cookbook


The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease


How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

  • Dr. Michael Greger provides a ton of evidence-based research to support eating a vegan diet to help prevent and reverse disease.
  • It’s artistic and colorful – very beautiful!
  • The recipes are easy and simple!
  • Check out his website – nutritionfacts.org – I recommend signing up for his email newsletters and updates. He provides extremely detailed scientific videos on all types of diseases and how to prevent them. he makes them easy to understand, which helps!
  • He also wrote the book “How Not To Die” which details the top disease killers in the U.S. He provides loads of information about how food is directly related to disease. He covers everything from cancer and heart disease, to high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Kathryne Taylor (from the infamous blog Cookie & Kate) – Love Real Food


Love Real Food: More Than 100 Feel-Good Vegetarian Favorites to Delight the Senses and Nourish the Body

  • This is a wonderful vegetarian cookbook! Her blog is amazing and you should check it out if you haven’t already.
  • Her recipes are simple.
  • She provides ways to make each recipe vegan, gluten free, soy free, and nut free.
  • Another artistic cookbook!

Forks Over Knives Cookbooks


The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet


Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

  • These are based off the Netflix documentary Forks Over Knives, a must see! This was one of the few documentaries my husband and I watched when we made the transition to eating a healthier diet.
  • The first one is a wonderful introduction to getting started with a vegan lifestyle and diet. It offers a helpful 4-week meal plan that will help you as you start your journey!
  • The second one has more recipes to offer. The range of difficulty is from easy to hard, but as you get more comfortable in your cooking skills, the hard recipes aren’t even hard.

I hope these resources can help you as much as they helped us! I constantly refer back to them when I am preparing for our weekly meal plans. Best of luck and happy cooking!

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