Vegging out: Great vegan with fewer than 7 ingredients? I can do that.

I’m not ashamed to say that I still get intimidated by cooking at times.

You can blame it on a childhood largely spent outside of the kitchen, a pantry that typically needs restocking, and a general baseline of anxiety.

I’ll find myself standing in the kitchen, eyes fluttering between a recipe and my meek-looking vegetables (just how wrinkly can a bell pepper get before it’s unusable?). Then my phone buzzes and I’m reminded of things like Postmates and DoorDash that deliver food without me running the risk of starting a small kitchen fire.

So, yeah, I order in more than I should. But it’s a scary world in the kitchen.

At least that’s what I thought until I stumbled across “Vegan in 7,” a cookbook by Dutch food blogger Rita Serano. It’s a simple yet oddly ingenious concept: Plant-based recipes that have seven or fewer ingredients.

“If it’s simple, you think, ‘Oh, OK, I can do it,’” Serano said in a phone interview. “It’s much more of a motivation to keep you going. If you’re a new person to a vegan diet, you have a cookbook with 25 ingredients, you think, ‘OK, I’m not going to do this. Too complicated.’ “

When Serano and I chatted in April, she was at her Dutch home. Serano, her husband and their 7-year-old daughter move back and forth between homes in the Netherlands and France quite a bit. But the couple has been sticking around the Netherlands more now that their daughter is in school.

Serano has developed a degree of fame on Instagram, where she has more than 45,000 followers. She first took to the social media platform nearly three years ago after getting a smartphone. Her husband suggested she post her food pictures to Instagram. ”What’s that?” she asked.

She’s been promoting her recipes from “Vegan in 7” there. She said she wanted the book to be easy for those new to a plant-based diet but also interesting enough for longtime vegans.

“I’m not much of a preacher,” she said, adding that there are people who could write better or may have more knowledge.

But for her, plant-based cooking is adventurous and never boring. And on top of that, she believes healthy eating can truly help people feel better.

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