From what to do and common myths to vegan staples for your kitchen

Just a few years ago, veganism was seen by many as a fringe dietary lifestyle. But the environmental, health – and for some, the moral – imperative for reducing the world's meat intake is inspiring more and more carnivores to wean themselves off resource-intensive red meat and adopt a plant-based lifestyle. And thanks to the growing movement of vegan influencers and social media stars like Henry Firth and Ian Theasby of Bosh.TV, veganism is no longer as daunting as it perhaps once was.  

Several days a week, Bosh.TV's 1.8 million Facebook fans tune in for new vegan recipe videos. The British duo have been called the “Vegan Jamie Olivers” of the UK and their first cookbook BOSH!: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants became the fastest-selling and first-ever vegan cookbook to top the bestseller charts in the UK following its release in April 2018. The pair's second book Bish Bash Bosh! is out April 2019. For those looking to cut their meat intake or go meat-free, Firth and Theasby offer a few tips on how to make a smooth transition. 

What are some of your top tips on adopting a plant-based lifestyle? 

Do your research! There are so many amazing vegan recipes out there. Chances are, whatever your favourite meaty dish is, there is a vegan alternative. You definitely won't feel like you're missing out on anything! 

It's surprisingly easy to lead an unhealthy vegan lifestyle, consisting of chips and pasta! That's why we always say to eat the rainbow. Make your dishes as colourful as possible by filling them with lots of different veggies so you're getting all the right nutrients.

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What are some common myths you'd like to debunk about going vegan?

One of the biggest misconceptions about being vegan is that you only eat salads and veggies. There are loads of brilliant resources out there to help you make great vegan food. People are often surprised at how hearty and satisfying vegan meals are, so don't be afraid to experiment with new ingredients. Once you've tasted how good they are, you won't want any meat to go with it. Whereas if you are eating salads or pasta every day, you are going to get bored pretty quick.

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What are the pantry staples you should always have on hand for a vegan diet?

Chickpeas are a definite! They are incredibly versatile. You can pop them in a curry or make falafel. But you may be surprised to know that the liquid in the can (called aquafaba) is a brilliant alternative to egg whites. You can use it to make meringues or mousse. 

Cashew nuts. Cashews can be used for so many different things. You can make a ranch sauce to go with some cauliflower buffalo wings, or you can soak them, whizz them up and make cashew cream. 

Mushrooms! They are so versatile and a brilliant alternative to meat. They soak up all the flavour and add a nice, meaty texture for all the people out there that miss meat.

Nutritional Yeast. We call this “magic dust”. It's amazing. It can add a nutty, cheesy taste and is also a great source of vitamin B12.

Also Read: Check out how to make vegan cheese!

What are some of the changes people can expect after going vegan?

When we went vegan, we saw so many health benefits. We found our hair grew thicker, we lost excess weight, we were sleeping better and woke up feeling fresher. Henry was even cured of his hay fever! A vegan diet can be much cheaper, as arguably you're cutting out the most expensive aspect – high-quality meat. It doesn't have to be complicated either, every ingredient we use in our recipes can be found in your local shop.

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