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In this article, I will show you just how easy it is to add amazing spices to your vegan cooking. You will learn the many health benefits which adding spices to plant-based meals can bring. It takes simple vegan food to another level! I have added a wonderful Coconut Milk Chai recipe for you to enjoy at the end of this article!
Each spice has an important role to play when it comes to cooking and with a few helpful tips, you can experience the flavour of vegan cooking with spices in your home. Interested in learning more?
In the culinary world, spices are products that flavour our food which come primarily from the root, stem, seed, fruit or flower of a plant. Spices do not come from the leaves of the plant as these are referred to as Herbs.
Spices, for example, include cinnamon (the bark of a tree) and clove (a dried flower bud). Spices have been used over centuries in traditional medicine, food preservation and flavouring food around the world.
Read on to see what spices are essential and how you can use them in your next vegan meal.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Spices?
Vegan meals are incredibly healthy when you use raw, plant-based ingredients such as fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and spices and incorporate healthy fats and fibre from lentils, beans, chickpeas, avocados, nuts and seeds. Our food should be enjoyable to eat, filled with nutrients to make us feel good.
Research Nutritionist Diane Vizthum, M.S., R.D. for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine states, “There are more than 100 common spices used in cooking around the world. Spices are concentrated sources of antioxidants".
By using spices in every meal in a variety of ways, you will increase your overall wellness and enhance the flavour of your plant-based food. Spices are synonymous with our culinary journey around the world and the recipes of spiced dishes can take us to another destination without ever leaving home!
Essential Vegan Spices
Spices can vary from everyday basics such as rock salt and black pepper to the exotic flavours of saffron and nutmeg. There is an overwhelming number of spices and blends to choose from, so here we have a mixture of everyday spices, as well as a few you might not have thought about cooking with at home.
Black & White Pepper
Pepper comes from the peppercorn and is widely used to flavour food. Use ground black and white pepper in anything from soups, curries and salads. It is considered high in antioxidants and is suggested to have anti-inflammatory properties. Add ground black pepper to a Garlic and Black Pepper Vegetable Stir-Fry served with Tofu and Steamed Rice.