What does eating "plant-based" mean?

eating plant based

It’s quite simple really. Prioritizing veg, fruit, nuts & grains over everything else.

This isn’t a “remove everything you ever ate” type of lifestyle, it’s a “focus on the plants” one. 

One of the questions I often get is, “Why is there meat in the cookbooks?While I always prioritize plant-based ingredients, I don’t necessarily exclude meat, eggs or dairy. Why? Because it works for me, and allows me to thrive. This may not be the case for you, so I’ve included — in most recipes — a way to replace the animal protein or dairy.

That being said, if you’re vegetarian, use your common sense and substitute with your favorite dairy- and meat-free products at will. I am in full support — and can’t possibly get offended — if you’re making mindful decisions to nourish yourself better.

Focusing on adding more whole foods to your plate, especially veggies, gives rise to a domino effect: eating more veg leaves less room for junk. Before you know it, you'll be flexing your plant-based-cooking muscles like a champ!

Here are some of my favorite substitutions.

They come from years of trial and error mixed in with a dash of favoritism. You may love some of these, but substitution really is a matter of personal taste, so a little experimentation may be in order.



For fish:
Tempeh + Kelp + Old Bay 

For chicken or pork: 
Extra firm tofu
Larger legumes like chickpeas

For beef:
Mushrooms like mini-bellas & portobello

For cow milk (see Dairy Free Mini Me): 
Nut milks like almond & coconut
Hemp milk

For wheat flour:
Corn flour
Buckwheat flour
Cloud 9 flour

For pasta:
Corn or four-grain gf pasta
Spaghetti squash
Zucchini ribbons

For butter:
Olive oil
Coconut oil


Get started with these easy recipes: