79 Vegan Staples

79 Vegan Staples

It’s been almost a year since I’ve gone vegan, and I have to say… I’ve tried more food in such a short period of time! Of course, a lot of the beans, fruits, and veggies have always been a part of my diet, but there are a ton of vegan staples that I would have never gave a shot. It’s not only forced me out of my “food comfort zone,” but has made me a much more creative chef than I was one year ago.

I thought it would be cool to jot down some of the items that I believe are vegan staples – including my favorite ways to use them. Some are basic (bananas – duh!) but I tried to offer a good mix of what I am constantly using and unique items that I keep on hand. Whether you are already a vegan, just starting out, or simply intrigued, it may inspire you! So without further adieu…

  1. Agar Agar | use: gelatin sub
  2. Agave Nectar | use: sweetener
  3. Almond Butter | use: spread
  4. Almond Meal | use: bread crumb
  5. Almond Milk | use: baking
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar | use: buttermilk sub
  7. Avocado | use: sandwich spread
  8. Balsamic Vinegar | use: dressing
  9. Bananas | use: frozen for nice cream
  10. Barley | use: base grain
  11. Beans | use: homemade burgers
  12. Berries | use: snack
  13. Brown Rice | use: base grain
  14. Cauliflower | use: cauliflower rice
  15. Chia Seeds | use: smoothies
  16. Chickpeas | use: roasted chickpeas
  17. Coconut Oil | use: baking
  18. Collard Greens | use: wraps
  19. Crushed Tomatoes | use: marinara sauce
  20. Curry Powder | use: crock pot dishes
  21. Earth Balance Butter | use: butter
  22. Edamame | use: snack
  23. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips | use: baking
  24. Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread | use: sandwich
  25. Dried Fruit | use: snack
  26. Farro | use: soup grain
  27. Flaxseed Oil | use: smoothies
  28. Fresh Fruit | use: snack
  29. Fresh Veggies | use: in all dishes
  30. Frozen Fruit | use: smoothies & nice cream
  31. Frozen Veggies | use: as is
  32. Full-fat Coconut Milk | use: whipped cream
  33. Garlic | use: basically everything
  34. Green Tea | use: drink & smoothie
  35. Ground Flaxseed | use: flax egg
  36. Herbs & Spices | use: to season
  37. Hummus | use: sandwich spread
  38. Kale | use: salad
  39. Lemons | use: lemon juice
  40. Lentils | use: chili base
  41. Liquid Smoke | use: tempeh bacon flavor
  42. Medjool Dates | use: sweetener
  43. Miso Paste | use: soup base
  44. Nutritional Yeast | use: cheese sub
  45. Olive Oil | use: cooking
  46. Organic Maple Syrup | use: sweetener
  47. Organic Peanut Butter | use: spread
  48. Portobello Mushrooms | use: burger sub
  49. Quinoa | use: base grain
  50. Quinoa Pasta | use: pasta
  51. Raw Almonds | use: snacking
  52. Raw Cane Sugar | use: sweetener & baking
  53. Raw Cashews | use: cashew cheese
  54. Refried Black Beans | use: burritos
  55. Rice Noodles | use: stir fry
  56. Rice Vinegar | use: soup flavor
  57. Romaine Lettuce | use: salad
  58. Sea Salt | use: to season
  59. Seitan | use: meat sub
  60. Sesame Oil | use: stir fry
  61. Soy Milk | use: ev-er-y-thing
  62. Soy Sauce | use: stir fry
  63. Spinach | use: green smoothies
  64. Sriracha | use: hot sauce
  65. Steel Cut Oats | use: oatmeal
  66. Tahini | use: dressing
  67. Tempeh | use: taco filling
  68. Tofu | use: marinaded & baked
  69. Tomato Paste | use: soup base
  70. Tortillas | use: veggie wraps
  71. Unsweetened Applesauce | use: baking
  72. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder | use: smoothies & baking
  73. Vanilla Extract | use: nana ice cream & baking
  74. Veganaise | use: mayo sub
  75. Vegetable Stock | use: soup base
  76. White & Sweet Potatoes | use: as is
  77. Whole Wheat Couscous | use: base grain
  78. Whole Wheat Flour | use: baking
  79. Zucchini | use: zoodles

What are some of your vegan staples at home? Would love to add to mine! xx Bianca

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