In my last post I mentioned that I’m trying to eat a more plant-based diet. What is a plant-based diet? It’s a diet that introduces as much veg, fruits, legumes, grains (i.e. wholegrain, spelt, brown rice, rye, etc), nuts and seeds to maximise the amount of nutrients your body is getting. People who follow a plant-based diet do not consume animal products – so no meat or dairy. For me, not eating cheese was a hard transition. Most people who know me know about my cheese obsession. I grew up in the American Midwest after all! Cows were all around and thus cheese was plentiful and was sprinkled, or perhaps more accurately, dumped on everything.
So is a plant-based diet a vegan diet then? It is and it isn’t. While eating a plant-based meal is a vegan meal, a plant-based person might not be a vegan. This means that you may eat a plant-based/vegan diet but you may still wear leather or have not be morally against hunting or killing animals for food.
I’ve chosen to eat a plant-based diet to feel healthier, to be leaner and to have more energy. I’m transitioning and I certainly make plenty of mistakes along the way but I always learn. Being human is about progression not perfection after all. I discuss more about why I am transitioning to a plant-based diet, how you can eat a cheap plant-based meal and how you can get your protein in a blog post featured on Huffington Post UK.
So if you’re curious what a vegan meal can taste like or if you just want to introduce more fruits and veg in your diet especially during the dull winter months, the below recipe is an easy and tasty meal to start with. This is one of my go-to meals for either lunch or dinner and I’ll eat about 10-12 wraps for a meal – yeah, I’m not afraid to admit it. They’re that good!
Veg spring roll wraps with spicy peanut butter dip
For the wrap
- 1-2 peppers (green, yellow or green)
- a bag of carrot sticks
- half a cucumber, cut into strips
- 1 pack of spring roll wraps (I use Blue Dragon’s Spring Roll Wraps found in Real Foods if you live in Edinburgh)
For the dip
- a couple of large spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter with no sugar or salt added
- 1 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- red pepper flakes (to taste)
- 2 spring onions chopped
- approximately 10-15 ml of water
How to make the dip
- Mix the peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic and water together over medium heat on the stovetop/hob.
- Continue stirring until the dip starts to become a creamy consistency. Add more water if needed.
- Taste mixture to see if you need to add more soy sauce to suit your taste
- Once heated, set aside and add red pepper flakes and the chopped spring onions
How to make the wrap
- Cut pepper(s) and cucumber in strips
- Grab a wrap and while holding the wrap on both ends, run hot water over the wrap. This will turn the hard wrap, into a malleable one.
- Set soft wrap on a flat surface and add carrot, pepper and cucumber mixture to the middle of the wrap. Don’t overfill or you will crack the wrap.
- Roll the wrap how you would a burrito – roll the wrap then fold both sides so that the insides are surrounded by the wrap.
- Continue wrapping until satisfied with your mound of delicious wraps
What do you think of the wraps? Did you add different veg to your wrap? Do you follow a plant-based diet, are you vegan or simply wanting to eat more fruits and veg? Regardless on what health path you are on, I wish you only the best as you strive to meet your goal each day. If like me you slip up every once and awhile and have a pizza or a slice of cheesecake, I hope you get back on your healthy diet – after you enjoy that tasty slip. Good luck! x