But why less oil? Isn’t no animal products enough for good health? How to cook and bake oil free.
Yes, oil can be plant based but oil is still highly processed, has few nutrients, no fiber or minerals, and very high in calories. In addition all oils (even coconut) contain saturated fat that damages artery lining effecting heart health.
Oil is fat and “the fat you eat is the fat you wear,” Dr. McDougall.
There is actually enough needed fat in a plant-based diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. The higher fat plants being nuts, seeds, and avocado, when needed (athletic level physical performance). Plant fat is sufficient without the extra calories of oil which has about 2-times more calories per pound than nuts/seeds, about 3-times more than agave or maple syrup, and 5-times more calories per pound than beans.
Making your own meals is so much easier than constantly reading package ingredients to check for all the extra things you don’t want in the food. Vegan food prep and cooking can be very easy. Cooking without oil a simple adjustment. See Oil-Free Cooking Tips, also refer to 13 Egg Substitutes for Cooking and Baking.
There are ever more sources for vegan recipes. If you have ever spend hours searching the internet for healthier “vegan” recipes to only end up deleting the recipe because it had eggs, fish, or lots of oil included in the recipe you know it can be frustrating enough to default dinner to another green salad.
So, when you crave or are ready for other healthy vegan food options, check out some of theses websites below that focus on oil-free plant-based “vegan” recipes that are better for you and our world. Share your favorites.
If you haven’t yet seen the film, you should. It’s a documentary about the importance of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle, primarily from a health perspective. The website associated with the film features a collection of recipes from a number of different plant-based chefs including Del Sroufe, Darshana Thacker, Chef AJ, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and Lindsay Nixon (of Happy Herbivore), amongst others.
Lindsay Nixon is the recipe creator and chef of Happy Herbivore. The site has grown over the years and shares weekly testimonials, dubbed “Herbies of the Week,” that come from individuals who have improved their health with a plant-based diet. Happy Herbivore also now has weekly recipe meal plans to help make meal planning less stressful. There’s quite a supply of recipes to keep you going, like these lovely Lasagna Rolls, or make your own homemade Vegan Worcestershire sauce.
Another very health-focused site is Plant Based Katie. Katie Mae provides recipes on the Forks Over Knives website and also teaches at both the TrueNorth Health Center and Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center. With an emphasis on plant-based, gluten-free, and free of salt, oil, and sugar (S-O-S), Katie Mae’s recipes can be found on the blog as well as in themed recipe eBooks. And she has started to offer plant-based courses, through Plantz St and Plantz Culinary Bootcamp (a “culinary gym”), with guest chefs such as Chef AJ and Cathy Fisher (of Straight Up Food), in order to help you transition to healthy, plant-based living and meal prep.
With a focus on plant-based eating and exercise, from running to weight lifting, Alina shares her experience and many of the recipes she’s created along the way. Vegan Runner Eats has a great selection of plant-based pancakes, along with tips for plant-based eating and fueling for athletics. Of course, there are some cute sock monkeys too!
Recipes on Cooking with Plants are provided in video and written form, so go with whatever you prefer. Anja and her family have all switched to a healthy, vegan diet, so you can find lots of kid-friendly recipes, such as Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
Centered around high-carb, low-fat, vegan recipes, with lots of fruit infused dishes, you’ll find a great selection of sweets made with a creative and healthy twist. A lot of the recipes don’t take long to make either. Feasting on Fruit is your go-to place to get unique fruity and sweet recipes that taste so much better than more traditional treats. Get the recipe for the Coconut Raspberry Oatscream (Ice Cream Oatmeal) recipe.
My vegan lifestyle passion started after leaving the military to heal from an undiagnosed digestive system issue. On the way to improving health the issues of animal wellbeing and environmental concerns became primary to veganism being my whole life. Excitement in health lead to wanting to share!