One of the most challenging things that I have found in my transition to a whole foods plant based diet is finding recipes that I love. It can be really hard to adapt all of your old favorites. Let’s face it, they just don’t taste the same when you pull all of the animal foods, fats, sugar, and salt out of them! They don’t taste the same because they are not the same.
Food is one of the main fabrics of our lives. The tastes and smells we are familiar with are hard to let go of. It is even more challenging to develop a whole new taste pallet for new foods.
Here’s the thing, you aren’t going to love every new vegan meal you try. In fact, there may be a lot of recipes that you just don’t care for. But, remember that you don’t love every non-vegan meal either! I’m sure you have come across conventional cookbooks that ended up being terrible, in your opinion.
The mistake I made was to assume that because someone is popular within the WFPB/vegan world that their recipes would be delicious. There are many cookbook authors and bloggers out there who are very popular, and I just simply don’t care for their food. And that’s okay. There are also plenty of popular books, music, art, and other things that I don’t care for. Not liking one book does not mean that I am not going to like any book!
Give a fair go to the popular recipe creators. I will typically try 2 or 3 things. If I don’t like any of them, I give the book away and move on!
You have to find recipe authors who have similar taste preferences. When you do, you will have so many options to choose from. Don’t give up because you don’t like the foods recommended by one source. It has taken me years to find a few really solid recipe writers that I love.
I find it fun to continue looking for new recipes and cookbooks, but I also have some solid ones that I cook out of every week, or at least every month. I also have some where a couple of recipes were good, but I wouldn’t buy more books from that author.
Experiment with flavors, find what you like, and stick to it.