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Best ChatGPT Prompts for Vegans & Plant-Based Eaters

We had fun playing with ChatGPT to test its capabilities and sharing seven potentially useful prompts for vegans and people on a plant-based diet.
Catherine Toledo, Journalist

Written by Catherine Toledo, Journalist. Updated on March 1, 2023.

You’ve probably already heard about ChatGPT, a conversational AI language model developed by OpenAI.

It has been trained on a vast dataset of text from the internet, allowing it to recognize language patterns and generate relevant and useful responses.

In today’s article, we’ll see how people on a plant-based diet can use it.

Before we dig in, an important word of caution: Don’t trust the answers blindly, especially if you have certain medical conditions or allergies.

The best use of ChatGPT is to give you a starting point for your own research.

Vegan & Plant-Based Eaters ChatGPT Prompts

We came up with seven questions, asked ChatGPT to see its answers, and gave our opinion on them.

An editor note: ChatGPT answers are untouched, and we’ve simply copied the answer we’ve got. We haven’t edited them for clarity or fixed grammar errors. Our only intervention was splitting them into more paragraphs so they could be read more easily.

1. Is balsamic vinegar vegan?

People on a plant-based diet often wonder if a particular food is vegan or not.

For example, we can ask ChatGPT if balsamic vinegar is vegan-friendly, and you can change the food with any other you’re interested in.

Here’s what we’ve got as an answer:

ChatGPT answer:

Balsamic vinegar is usually considered vegan, but it’s always best to check the label to make sure.

Balsamic vinegar is made from grape juice that is cooked and aged in barrels, and it doesn’t typically contain any animal products.

However, some brands may add honey or other animal-derived ingredients, so it’s important to read the label carefully.

Additionally, some balsamic vinegars may be processed using animal-derived clarifying agents, such as isinglass or gelatin, so it’s always best to check with the manufacturer if you have any concerns.

Our opinion on the answer: Quite good!

2. What can I combine with lentils for a complete protein?

Protein, protein, protein.

Let’s see if ChatGPT could help us make complete protein combinations.

For the sake of this article, we asked about foods that will give a complete protein combined with lentils, and here’s the answer:

ChatGPT answer:

Lentils are an excellent source of plant-based protein, but they are not a complete protein on their own because they are low in the essential amino acid methionine.

However, you can easily create a complete protein by combining lentils with another plant-based protein source that is high in methionine.

Here are some foods that you can combine with lentils to make a complete protein:

Whole grains: Brown rice, quinoa, barley, or whole wheat pasta are all great options. Try making a lentil and brown rice bowl, or a lentil and quinoa salad.

Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds are all good sources of methionine. Add some seeds to your lentil salad or sprinkle them on top of a lentil and vegetable stir-fry.

Nuts: Almonds, cashews, and pistachios are all high in methionine. Consider adding some nuts to your lentil-based dishes, such as a lentil and vegetable curry with cashews.

By combining lentils with these other protein sources, you can create a complete protein that provides all of the essential amino acids that your body needs.

Our opinion on the answer: Excellent and correct!

3. What is the best plant-based milk for coffee?

If you only recently switched to a plant-based diet, you might wonder which non-dairy milk is the best choice for your cappuccino.

While I prefer oat or pea milk, there are more options.

Let’s see what ChatGPT thinks about the best dairy milk alternatives for coffee drinks.

ChatGPT answer:

The best plant-based milk for coffee is a matter of personal preference, as each type of plant-based milk has a slightly different taste and texture.

However, here are some options to consider:

Oat milk: Oat milk has become a popular choice for coffee as it has a creamy texture and a mild, slightly sweet flavor that pairs well with coffee. It also froths well, making it a good choice for lattes and cappuccinos.

Soy milk: Soy milk has a creamy texture and a slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with coffee. It also froths well and is a good source of protein.

Almond milk: Almond milk has a slightly nutty flavor and a thinner texture compared to other plant-based milks. It works well with coffee and is a good choice for those who are watching their calorie intake.

Coconut milk: Coconut milk has a thick and creamy texture that works well in coffee. It has a sweet, nutty flavor that pairs well with flavored coffee.

It’s best to choose an unsweetened variety of plant-based milk to avoid adding extra sugar to your coffee.

It’s also important to note that different brands of plant-based milk may vary in terms of flavor, texture, and how well they froth, so it may take some experimentation to find the one that works best for you.

Our opinion on the answer: Oat and soy milk are definitely the most popular ones for coffee. Pea milk is also gaining popularity but isn’t mentioned here. Overall, we like the answer.

4. List foods high in lysine

Another protein-related question, this time, let’s try to go more in-depth and see if we can get foods high in a particular amino acid.

For the sake of this test, we asked ChatGPT to list vegan foods high in lysine.

ChatGPT answer:

Lysine is an essential amino acid that is important for building and repairing tissues in the body.

Here are some foods that are high in lysine:

Legumes: Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and lima beans are all good sources of lysine. One cup of cooked lentils contains about 2.2 grams of lysine.

Quinoa: Quinoa is a high-protein grain that is also a good source of lysine. One cup of cooked quinoa contains about 1.2 grams of lysine.

Tempeh: Tempeh is a fermented soy product that is high in protein and lysine. One cup of cooked tempeh contains about 3.7 grams of lysine.

Tofu: Tofu is another soy product that is high in lysine. One cup of firm tofu contains about 2.9 grams of lysine.

Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of lysine and other essential amino acids. One ounce of pumpkin seeds (about a handful) contains about 0.6 grams of lysine.

Pistachios: Pistachios are a good source of lysine and other essential amino acids. One ounce of pistachios (about a handful) contains about 0.6 grams of lysine.

Spirulina: Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is a good source of protein and lysine.

One tablespoon of spirulina powder contains about 0.5 grams of lysine.

Incorporating these foods into your diet can help ensure that you’re getting enough lysine.

It’s important to consume a variety of foods to ensure that you’re getting all of the essential amino acids your body needs.

Our opinion on the answer: Useful!

5. How to boost my iodine intake?

You probably already know that some nutrients are harder to get on a plant-based diet, and iodine might be one of them.

Let’s see what ChatGPT thinks about good plant-based sources of iodine:

ChatGPT answer:

Iodine is an essential mineral that is important for thyroid function and overall health.

Here are some ways to boost your iodine intake on a plant-based diet:

Sea vegetables: Sea vegetables, such as nori, kelp, and dulse, are some of the best plant-based sources of iodine.

One sheet of nori contains about 50 micrograms of iodine, which is the recommended daily intake for adults.

Iodized salt: Iodized salt is a good source of iodine. One quarter teaspoon of iodized salt provides about 71 micrograms of iodine. However, it’s important to use salt in moderation and to choose a high-quality, minimally processed salt.

Fortified plant milks: Some plant milks, such as soy milk and almond milk, are fortified with iodine. Check the label to see if the brand you choose is fortified.

Potatoes: Potatoes are a good source of iodine, especially when eaten with the skin on. One medium potato with the skin provides about 60 micrograms of iodine.

Beans: Some types of beans, such as navy beans and lima beans, are good sources of iodine. One cup of cooked navy beans provides about 64 micrograms of iodine.

Supplements: If you’re unable to get enough iodine from your diet, you may want to consider taking an iodine supplement. However, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.

It’s important to note that too much iodine can also be harmful, so it’s important to aim for the recommended daily intake and to avoid excessive intake.

Our opinion on the answer: On the point!

6. Plant-based substitutes for cream in mushroom soup

If you’ve ever made some cream soup or curry, you’ve been wondering what you can use instead of cream or even as a coconut milk replacement.

We asked ChatGPT for some cream replacements, and here’s what we’ve got:

ChatGPT answer:

There are several plant-based substitutes for cream in mushroom soup that can help achieve a similar creamy and rich texture.

Here are some options:

Cashews: Cashews are a versatile ingredient that can be used to make a creamy and dairy-free sauce or soup base. Soak raw cashews in water for a few hours or overnight, then blend them with water to make a creamy cashew milk. Use this cashew milk to replace the cream in your mushroom soup.

Coconut cream: Coconut cream is a popular dairy-free substitute for cream in many recipes. You can use canned coconut cream or refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight and scoop out the thick cream that forms on top. Add the coconut cream to your mushroom soup for a rich and creamy texture.

Silken tofu: Silken tofu can also be blended with water to make a creamy and smooth base for soups and sauces. Simply blend the tofu with water until it’s smooth, then use it to replace the cream in your mushroom soup.

Soy milk: Soy milk is a popular plant-based milk that can be used in place of cream in many recipes. Use unsweetened soy milk for a neutral flavor that won’t overpower the mushroom flavor in your soup.

Oat milk: Oat milk is another plant-based milk that can be used to replace cream in mushroom soup. It has a creamy texture and a mild flavor that works well in savory recipes.

Experiment with these plant-based substitutes to find the one that works best for you and your taste preferences.

Our opinion on the answer: Tasty ideas, we love it.

7. I have lettuce and tofu. Give me some salad ideas

And the last thing we asked is to generate some meal ideas based on the foods we have.

Let’s pretend we want to make salad and that we have lettuce and tofu and see what ChatGPT came up with:

ChatGPT answer:

Here are some plant-based salad ideas that you can make with lettuce and tofu:

Tofu and Avocado Salad: Cube the tofu and pan-fry it until crispy. Slice an avocado and toss with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and cucumber. Top with the crispy tofu and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Asian Tofu Salad: Cube the tofu and marinate it in soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Toss with lettuce, shredded carrots, red cabbage, and sliced cucumber. Top with chopped peanuts and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Tofu Caesar Salad: Cube the tofu and pan-fry until crispy. Toss with chopped lettuce, croutons, and a homemade Caesar dressing made with vegan mayo, dijon mustard, garlic, and lemon juice.

Tofu Caprese Salad: Cube the tofu and toss with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and lettuce. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Tofu and Beet Salad: Cube the tofu and toss with roasted beets, lettuce, and sliced red onion. Top with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey mustard dressing made with vegan mayo, dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.

These plant-based salad ideas are just a starting point – feel free to experiment with different ingredients and dressings to find your favorite combination.

Our opinion on the answer: These options might not be the healthiest possible options, some include oil as well, but since we didn’t let it know we want super healthy, oil-free recipes, we have to admit these ideas are more than acceptable.

Conclusion

Not only is it fun to play with ChatGPT, but it can also be useful as well.

However, as mentioned, always fact-check the responses you get, especially if you have a certain health condition or allergy.

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