By switching to a plant based diet you will naturally start to develop new cooking habits. Consistently cooking homemade vegan meals requires a well stocked pantry and fridge. Here are some of my essentials.
Chia seeds – a source with high omega-3(s?) and great for baking and as a topping on yogurt, smoothie bowls, and oats.
Maple Syrup – Is an ideal non-processed, plant based sweetener. I often use it on pancakes, waffles, yogurt, granola, and cakes.
Chickpeas – a great source of protein. I use them in my cookie dough recipe, served them baked with dinner, and homemade hummus.
Nuts – I especially love walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and cashews. Cashews are perfect for sauces and dips while sweeter nuts are great with yogurt, nice cream, and pancakes. I try to eat them everyday as they are high in healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins.
Bananas – A very filling snack- I try to eat one a day. I use them in oatmeal, smoothies, nice cream, or as a quick snack.
Spices – as plant based food isn’t processed so I use a lot of spices in my cooking. I love garlic powder, basil, curry, paprika, oregano, and cumin. I also love eating fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and mint, to a warm homemade meal.
Oats – I eat oats almost every morning! I use them in oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, bread, and granola! Oats are high in fiber and super filling. Gotta get those oats!
You don’t need super foods like spirulina, matcha, pecan nuts, anti inflammatory powder, or vegan protein supplements to start your vegan journey! These are all basic things you can find at your local supermarket and can be used in a lot of different dishes.
What are your kitchen essentials? Please share them in the comments- I love getting new ideas!