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Opinion Simon Toohey’s top tips for plant-based cooking

Freshly Picked

Author: Maggie Published: December 7, 2020

Australian MasterChef grand finalist Simon Toohey has many passions – but he's probably best known for his championing of vegetables and sustainability. The intersection of these two passions results in a chef who harnesses the flavours of plants better than anyone we know!

VegKit recently partnered with Simon Toohey to create Australia’s first fully plant-based cooking show, Freshly Picked. While we had the much-lauded ‘King of Vegetables’ in the kitchen, we made sure to get the MasterChef take on a few commonly-asked questions about cooking plant-based food. Here are Simon’s top tips for a getting the most out of your veggies…

Simon’s top spices…

On minimising food waste…

Easy plant-based proteins…

Calcium-rich plant foods…

Plants packed with iron…

Up your salad game…

Simon’s fave plant swaps…

The ultimate pantry staples…

A rainbow of possibilities…

Simon’s fave superfood…

To see Simon applying his wizardry of the kitchen to some fresh, delicious plant-based cuisine, tune in to Freshly Picked with Simon Toohey, airing on Channel 10, weekdays at 3:30 PM, starting Monday December 7th! Or catch it later on 10 play

Meet Maggie!

Maggie's passion for fresh, local produce began in the 90s when she first harvested the oranges in her backyard for a glass of fresh-squeezed Florida orange juice — though her Dad may remember the details of labour a little differently. Now she adds berries to her chocolate and sneaks pumpkin into brownies so she can confidently and incorrectly refer to them as health foods.