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Myth-Busting the Plant-Based Diet [Video]

Our registered dietitian nutritionist, Sandy Wolner, started a personal plant-based eating journey with excitement and some reservations due to the misconceptions she’d heard about this diet. She worried about missing her favorite meat dishes, feeling full, and get bored with eating nothing but salads.

Sandy quickly discovered that many of her concerns were unfounded. All plant-based eating means is making plants (like fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans and other legumes) the focus of your meals, with the option to eat small amounts of meat and dairy if you want them.

In this episode of “In the Kitchen With Pampered Chef,” Sandy shares three easy recipes that help debunk some myths about plant-based eating and will show you how to try more veg-centric meals at home.

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Cauliflower Curry

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Sandy's Food Tips

  • Eating a variety of foods such as veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, pasta, rice, and grains gives you all the nutrients your body needs.
  • Tomatoes, asparagus, cooked celery, onions, soybeans, mushrooms, soy sauce, parmesan cheese, and even fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut give you the satisfying umami flavor.
  • Adding different spices to meals and trying ethnic dishes is a great way to boost flavor and spice-up your plant-based eating routine.
  • Spices add vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, to your meals, too.

11 Responses to Myth-Busting the Plant-Based Diet [Video]

  1. Carol February 24, 2020 at 11:03 am #

    Recipes look great!!!!!

  2. Debbie February 24, 2020 at 11:26 am #

    Awesome variety. I am on day 15 of a plant based diets. Always looking for something new. These recipes check all the boxes for me. I think meat eaters will enjoy the flavor too.

  3. Angela Hall February 24, 2020 at 11:51 am #

    These recipes look so amazing. Can’t wait to try them! Do you have a plant based cook book? Would love to purchase it.

  4. Jennifer February 24, 2020 at 11:52 am #

    Thank you! It has been so difficult to find easy, hearty, plant based recipes that also look delicious. I will be trying all 3 of these. I would absolutely LOVE for Sandy to put out an entire plant based recipe book.

  5. Debra L Unruh February 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

    Absolutely loved this video. I was floored that I received it as I had always seen PC cooks use meat, but switching over to plant based menu’s, limit’s what I can do, so this video is really, really welcome in my life! Thank you! I will be making this recipe… wow!

  6. Kerry Joy Dean February 24, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

    Thanks for these recipes! I plan to try them as I have recently adopted this way of eating. I have found I sleep better w/o meat.

  7. Regina Bozza February 24, 2020 at 2:58 pm #

    would love a cook book for this type of eating

  8. Laura February 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm #

    Oh man!!! All three recipes are amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them. Thank you!

  9. Leslie February 24, 2020 at 8:52 pm #

    Love the recipes! I have been a vegetarian for 36 years and am transitioning to vegan.

  10. Karen February 24, 2020 at 9:14 pm #

    I have been plant-based for 8 years. I agree with you. I don’t miss meat. I don’t go hungry. And my meals have plenty of flavor. Most whole food plant-based doctors and dietitians that I have had contact with don’t eat meat, dairy or eggs. They also don’t cook with oil. Oil is not a whole food. Plant-based eating is not a diet. It is a lifestyle. A very healthy lifestyle. Thanks for the recipes!

  11. valerie owens February 25, 2020 at 2:48 pm #

    nice article and recipes… long live the cows, chickens, turkeys, and fish! 🙂

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