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How to Cook & Introduce Plant-Based Menu Items

Bonji Foods Aficionado Smart Brief: Volume 30


­­Hi all, welcome back to the Bonji Food Aficionado Smart Brief! We hope the weekend treated you well and you are ready for a new week full of new opportunities! We've let it be known that plant-based menu items are hot and growing, but now we are here to offer tips to help you serve the best food out there!



Tips For Plant-Based Cooking 1. Don't Be Afraid to Rehearse! Like many things in life, the more you practice the more you will conquer the task at hand. Thus, take some time to familiarize yourself with plant-based ingredients if you aren't already an expert. Do your research, ask plant-based eaters what they generally look for, and get to playing around with recipes! A good way to introduce your plant-based meals at a slow pace while you perfect your craft is taking one or two days a week to really focus on it. Think of it as a “Meatless Monday," or something along those lines. This will not only help you with preparing your new dishes, but will also help slowly bring in a new crowd, or simply introduce current customers to your plant-based meals. 2. Offer a Plant-Based Option with a Familiar Component When introducing your plant-based meals to your menu and customers, you'll want to start by making the dishes seem familiar. There are those prime examples of walking into a restaurant and not knowing what anything really is on the menu, and that can be infuriating, especially if you are new to a plant-based diet. Therefore, you are going to want to keep things familiar and easy to comprehend to start. For instance, maybe a vegan mac & cheese, or a simple veggie burger with a special side dish could really catapult you into the plant realm. Lastly, a really smooth way to introduce a plant-based menu is to aim for seasonal dishes. This will keep your menu light and fun as the seasons come and go. 3. Don't Hold Back Your Passion Once you are in the mix and really ready to roll with your plant-based menu, don't hold back. Cook these dishes with the same intensity that you would a regular item. Use the yin/yang effect to create complementary flavors, pull on your favorite herbs or spices, and play with the natural flavors of plants that you haven't seen before. If you truly have a passion for food, this should be no problem; but, when something is new, it can be easy to play it safe. After all, we even suggested taking it slow at first, but once you are comfortable, don't be afraid to let your passion burst!


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