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PlantPlate.com is here to provide the recipes, information, and practical advice needed to follow a healthy plant-based diet. Whether you're interested in improving your health, losing weight, or eating more sustainably, a whole foods plant-based diet may be the perfect solution for you.

My name's Emma, and I started PlantPlate in 2013 with the help of my husband Scott, a web developer and fellow plantivore. I’m a certified Plant-Based Nutritionist who loves to cook, and I've followed a plant-based diet for over a decade. Having lived in various locations throughout the world - sometimes on a shoestring budget, and often with irregular and demanding work schedules - I’ve had to constantly adapt my diet in order to make it work. It’s taught me a lot, and it’s motivated me to show others just how accessible and enjoyable this way of eating can be.

The recipes featured on PlantPlate are based on minimally processed plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. They're free from all animal products, processed oils and refined carbohydrates, and are made with simple and affordable ingredients. Our articles are aimed at providing you with plant-based know-how when it comes to shopping, cooking, nutrition and day-to-day living. We have answers to common questions and share practical knowledge that we have acquired through experience. Finally, the resources section contains links to books, DVDs, and video presentations from some of the world's leading experts on plant-based nutrition. It is our hope that these resources will help you to fully understand and evaluate the health benefits of this wonderful way of eating.

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Making the Most of Kitchen Space

Are your cupboards getting a little overcrowded? We've got tips for creating space, no matter how big or small your kitchen may be.

Kitchens come in many shapes and sizes, from the sublimely spacious to the seriously squishy. If you're living in an apartment, flat or townhouse, you may not be blessed with a kitchen that has ample cupboard space or a walk in pantry, let alone enough counter space for chopping your vegetables! But don't let this get in the way of your kitchen's functionality, or the efficiency with which you are able to work in it.

1. Organise your cupboards. Put everything that you use the most closest to the front, so they are easy to reach. Items that you've doubled up on (ie. bags of grains, cans of legumes, bottled tomatoes) can be stored further towards the back. Don't buy, or hang on to, things that you don't use, especially is they are taking up valuable space. Unused appliances or extra pots and pans can be donated to charities, or given to friends. If there are electronic goods that you use every day, such as a blender, it's best to keep it out on your bench. Save your valuable cupboard space for smaller items.

2. Use your wall space. Wall racks and shlelves are great for all kitchens, and are especially useful in small ones. They can house bulky kitchenware or pantry staples, and be used as large utensil hangers. Utilising your wall space will help free up a lot of cupboard and drawer space, meaning you'll no longer have to keep those extra lentils in your closet. Wooden and stainless steel racks are available in all shapes and sizes, so you're sure to find one that fits your kitchen and your budget.

3. Display your spices. If you don't already have a vast collection of herbs and spices, you're likely to acquire one as you begin to prepare more wholesome plant-based meals at home. Spices look great when they're out on display, and wall mounted spice racks will help free up cupboard and counter space. Visible spice racks will also encourage you to keep things organised, and save you from having to rummage around in the deepest darkest depths of your cupboards the next time you're making chili.

4. Expand your kitchen with a kitchen cart or bakers rack. This will it provide extra workspace for chopping and prepping, and can also be used to store larger appliances such as rice cookers and food processors. In fact, some are so well equipped it can feel as though you've doubled your kitchen's capacity, without setting you back more than $100. Check at general homeware or department stores, or second-hand goods stores if you want to nab a bargain.

 

 

Article photo courtesy of Ella's Kitchen Company Ltd. via Flickr