Vegan Kitchen Essentials
Embracing a kind and clean diet is really quite easy; however, I do understand that there is a little bit of intimidation when it comes to some of the less commonly known ingredients that I talk about. You might be surprised that you can find most or all of the alternative products that I mention in your average grocery store. Occasionally you may need to venture off into a specialty health food or alternative food store, but for the most part you should be covered by your local shop.
Other than fresh, preferably organic fruit and vegetables, there are a number of things you should always have stocked in your kitchen pantry. Some of these items assist nutritionally, or are used in place of animal by-products to simulate flavors or textures that you may not want to miss out on. For example, milk and cheese alternatives in the form of almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk, nutritional yeast, etc.
Below is a fully loaded list of dry ingredients, canned goods, milk alternatives, spices and nut butters that I always have on hand. Ensuring you are well stocked with these ingredients will enable you to create beautiful, flavorful, healthy plant based meals for you and yours.
Dried Foods – Hemp Hearts, Flax (ground or whole), Raisins, Goji Berries, Mulberries, Dates, Quinoa, Rice (short and long grain Brown Rice and Black Japonica) , Dried Beans (Chickpeas, White Kidney, Black Eyed Peas, Black Beans, etc.), Shredded unsweetened Coconut, Nutritional Yeast, Rolled Oats, Gluten Free Pasta (macaroni, lasagna, spaghetti, etc.), Puffed Rice, Puffed Quinoa, Gluten Free Bread Crumbs, Carob and Chocolate Chips
Spices & Flavors – Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, Raw Vanilla Powder, Raw Cacao Powder, Peppermint Extract, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, Turmeric, Mustard Powder, Curry Powder, Chili Flakes, Rosemary, Tarragon, Dill, Basil, Sea Salt, Pepper, Coriander, Saffron, Cumin, Dijon Mustard, Hot Sauce, Soy Sauce (Tamari), Miso
Nuts & Seeds - Raw Cashews, Raw Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds
Nut Butters – Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Tahini, Hazelnut Butter, Sunflower Butter
Sweeteners – Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar, Dates
Oils – Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil
Flours – Gluten Free Flour Blend, Quinoa Flour, Brown Rice Flour
Vinegars – Balsamic Vinegar, Rice Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Red and White Wine Vinegars
Milks – Almond, Rice, Coconut, Hemp
Canned Foods – Assorted beans (same as dry), Coconut Milk, Pureed Pumpkin, Olives, Capers, Vegetable Broth (preferably low or no sodium)
Other – Aluminum free Baking Soda, Aluminum free Baking Powder, Tapioca Starch, Xanthan Gum