How To Make An Awesome Plant-Based Meal That Even Carnivores Will Love

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How To Make An Awesome Plant-Based Meal
Roasted New Zealand potatoes, slow-roasted shallots, herb portobello mushrooms, long-stemmed broccoli, and thyme kumara puree.

Knowing how to make an awesome plant-based meal and being a hard-core carnivore, can be easy. This comes from years of being a chef and understanding ingredients and flavors.

I know what you’re thinking. “How can I make a delicious plant-based meal that even carnivores will love?” It seems daunting, but trust me, it’s not as hard as you think. I’ll share some of my favorite vegetables, and tips for creating an awesome plant-based meal that everyone will enjoy.

So whether you’re a home cook looking for a plant-based meal that the hungry carnivores will love, or you’re a chef looking for a new menu addition, read on for some inspiration!

Knowing How To Make An Awesome Plant-Based Meal Is A Life Skill

There is an amazing array of vegetables that you can use to create a plant-based meal. It’s no secret that plant-based meals are becoming more and more popular.

And for good reason, vegetables can be a cost-effective option, they’re healthy and delicious. This dish can be incorporated into an easy plant-based meal plan.

Learning how to cook an awesome plant-based meal isn’t hard. It can be an enjoyable, delicious, and satisfying vegan meal, and is easier than you might think. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

Fresh Seasonal New Zealand Vegetables
Fresh vegetables from left to right: Portobello mushrooms, Kumara (Sweet potato), New Zealand purple potatoes, Long-stemmed broccoli, and Shallots

  • Fresh vegetables from left to right: Portobello mushrooms, Kumara (Sweet potato), New Zealand purple potatoes, Long-stemmed broccoli, and Shallots
  • Use fresh vegetables whenever possible. For the best flavor and nutritional value, opt for whole vegetables instead of processed or pre-packaged.
  • Experiment with different cooking methods. Braising, roasting, baking, steaming, poaching, and stir-frying are all great ways to cook vegetables. You can also try using different seasonings and sauces to add flavor and variety.
  • Employing different textures puree, mashed, whole with crispy skin, peeled and soft, caramelized sweet and sticky, lightly steamed and crunchy.
  • Be adventurous, and try new flavor combos in unexpected ways. Use fresh herbs and spices, and aromas like garlic, ginger, and fresh chilies. Who knows, you might just invent the next vegan classic dish.

CHEFS TIP:

  • Blanch green vegetables in a large pot of boiling salted water for 30-45 seconds and refresh in ice water to cool quickly. This will bring out their beautiful green color and keep them crunchy and fresh. To reheat quickly sauté in a hot pan, or reheat in boiling water or a steamer for 30-40 seconds. Then season and drizzle with virgin olive oil.
Sautéed Fresh Green Beans
Sautéed Fresh Green Beans

How Do You Make Plant-Based Food Taste Good?

Knowing how to make plant-based food taste good is not as hard as it may seem. In fact, by using fresh whole vegetables and cooking them in different ways. You can create a variety of flavors and textures that will satisfy even the most die-hard meat eater. Plus, using lots of fresh herbs will give your food a delicious flavor boost.

One simple way to make plant-based food more appetizing is to roast or sauté vegetables instead of boiling them. This brings out their natural sweetness and adds a nice crispy texture. You can also try using different sauces, mash, purees, or seasonings to add flavor. Experiment with different flavors and cooking methods.

 

Larder Stables And Must Have Kitchen Tools

  • I’ll make it easy for you. stock your kitchen with these basic ingredients – Butter, milk, Himalayan pink or quality sea salt, whole peppercorns, sugar, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and plain flour.

Essential Kitchen Tools – Must Haves

You can’t be at a professional level in the kitchen unless you own a variety of high-end tools. Genius kitchen gadgets are an essential part of any home cook’s or aspiring chef’s arsenal. From some of the best chef knives, and kitchen cookware, to wooden cutting boards. These will set you apart from others and get you ready with what you need to start making meals like a chef.

My Professional Recommendations

Seasoning Food

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • As a chef the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen is salt. When my recipes call for salt and pepper I use a variety of different salts and freshly ground black pepper.

Many chefs, including myself, prefer sea salt like Maldon salt flakes or Himalayan pink salt. Both can be used for cooking and finishing. They have a refined flavor that brings out the natural taste of food.

How To Make An Awesome Plant-Based Meal

An Awesome Plant-Based Meal That Even Carnivores Will Love

Plant-Based Food When Done Well Can Be Delicious, Hearty, And Comforting
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 4 People
Calories 574 kcal

Ingredients
  

Potatoes

  • 10-15 small Purple potatoes
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary
  • drizzle Rice bran oil
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper

Sweet Potato Puree

  • 1 large Sweet potato aka kumara - Beauregard
  • Fresh rosemary and thyme
  • 3 tbsp Almond milk
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Vegetables

  • 8 each Mushrooms - Portobello
  • 10 each Long-stemmed broccoli
  • 8 each Shallots
  • Fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage
  • drizzle Rice bran oil
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper

Condiments

  • Olive oil - extra virgin
  • Smoked infused balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh mint

Instructions
 

Prepping and Cooking Potatoes

  • Preheat your oven to 165ºC (320ºF).
    Wash and halve the potatoes, place them into a bowl, and add the fresh thyme and rosemary. Along with the salt, pepper, and oil. Mix well and place onto a baking tray and into the oven for 30 minutes.
    New Season Potatoes

Sweet Potato Puree

  • Place the sweet potatoes onto a baking tray and add the fresh rosemary and thyme along with salt and pepper.
    Place into the oven for 40-50 minutes until soft. Carefully peel the hot sweet potato and place them into a blender with 2-3 tbsp of almond milk, blend to a smooth puree, check the seasoning and keep warm.
    Sweet Potato and Rosemary

Mushrooms and Shallots

  • Wrap the peeled shallots in aluminum foil with the thyme, rosemary, sage, oil, salt, and pepper and place into the oven, these should take 20 minutes.
    Clean the mushrooms, place them into the tray with the potatoes, and back in the oven for 10 minutes.
    The time should work so that the potatoes, shallots, and mushrooms are ready together.
    Portobello Mushrooms and Potatoes

Long Stemmed Broccoli

  • Blanch the long-stemmed broccoli in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes only.
    Drain well place into a bowl, add the virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    Long-Stemmed Broccoli
Keywords New Zealand Native Potatoes, Portobello Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Puree

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Serving Size: 300g Roasted New Zealand potatoes, slow-roasted shallots, herb portobello mushrooms, long-stemmed broccoli, and thyme kumara puree.
Calories 574 | Total Fat 25.3 g | Carbohydrates 78.5 g | Fiber 11.1 g | Protein 11.6 g | Iron 3.5 mg

Watch How I Plate Up This Awesome Plant-Based Meal

I know what you’re thinking. Why would I want to watch someone else plate their food? Especially if it’s plant-based and probably not that exciting. But trust me, this is worth your time.

In just a few minutes, you’ll see how I take my simply awesome plant-based meal and turn it into something that looks restaurant-worthy. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get some inspiration for your own meals.

The colors and textures are so delicious and beautiful, it’s a great way to show off my culinary skills. Plus, it’s healthy and nutritious, even my teenage sons will eat it.

https://youtu.be/b-5VHBSFCKo

How To Make An Awesome Plant-Based Meal You Have The Skills

Here is a guide on how to make an awesome plant-based meal. I had so much fun creating this, and hope that you will too. After cooking in manic fast pasted environments for years now, it’s really nice being at home with my family while making these recipes.

Cooking with whole foods is amazing especially since they’re free from all those unwanted chemicals found within commercial, processed foods today.  Additionally, not only are we getting healthier by eating cleaner food but also have more energy and don’t feel sluggish.

So, if your taste buds are yearning for something more than just food that comes out of packets and boxes then you’ll be happier, and healthier.

Knowing how to make an awesome plant-based meal makes sense. This is why people would want more than just any old junk food when they’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed by life’s little struggles.

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