In this latest feature, we chat with Priyansh Parekh of Prunch Kitchen, a young man on a mission to change the way we eat in sustainable, ethical & creative ways! Never dull with his creations, Priyansh is already working on a cookbook which we can’t wait to see and explore and below he shares a little more about his vegan journey so far.
So Pri, tell us a little about how your vegan journey got started
My vegan journey started when I heard about the Amazon fires in 2019 and realised that they were intentional as a way to clear Indigenous land and make way for agriculture. I knew then that I did not want to participate in an industry that does not care about animals, people or the planet.
The documentary or book that everyone should read is…
I recently started reading Drawdown and I would definitely recommend it. It’s basically a handbook on the way we can save our planet. Cowspiracy is one of my favourite documentaries.
Who inspires your vegan journey?
More than any current person, I think my veganism is inspired by future generations. I want them to know that I and many other people had the means to make this change and do something about an issue that will affect them.
What is your ‘go-to’ meal recommendation for those going vegan for the first time?
My top tip is to eat more whole foods if you’re a new vegan. Processed foods can easily take over your diet but try to fall in love with veggies, grains, fruits, etc. This will keep you on track for a longer time and your health will thank you for it.
What’s your favourite vegan ingredient and why?
T O F U. If you’ve been to my account, you’ll know how much I love tofu. It has such an amazing range and I honestly love experimenting with it, whether in savoury recipes or sweet!
What are your aspirations for the Prunch Kitchen Brand over the next few years?
I have a few ideas but no concrete plans as of yet. One thing I’d really love is to have a cooking show. I am also working on my first cookbook right now, which is also pretty exciting.
What is your most popular recipe and why do you think that is?
My take on Vegan Shakshouka has been my most successful recipe. I think part of the reason is that it looks so realistic and complicated to achieve but is in fact very simple to make.
What is an easy recipe you have for someone new to veganism?
My crispy sticky tofu recipe is super simple and one of the most recreated recipes – especially among uni students!
What is the best thing about vegan cooking?
The most amazing thing is knowing exactly what is going into your food. I like the fact that almost everything I eat is real and nutrient-dense. I also enjoy the look on my non-vegan friends’ faces when I feed them vegan food.
You get to have a vegan dinner with anyone in the world, who is it and what are you eating?
I would love to have dinner with Tabitha Brown, I think she is an incredibly inspiring and radiant person, and the world could use some more people like her. I think we’d eat tacos because I absolutely love vegan Mexican food.
Thank you so much for sharing Pri, if you would like to learn more about The Prunch Kitchen, be sure to follow him HERE and be sure to tune in on Wednesday the 13th January 2021 when Pri takes over the Let’s Go Vegan Instagram feed 🙂