Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Essentials for my vegan kitchen

One of my 2013 resolutions is to stick to a strictly vegan diet. I've known for a while about the health benefits, and now I am finally ready to make a full commitment to this. One of the comments I tend to get is about how vegans don't get enough protein in their diets, so I wanted to present a list of my vegan kitchen essentials.

1. Quinoa - high in protein, and a source of complete protein, quinoa is a staple of almost every dinner. I love mixing in beans, spices, and vegetables to keep a constantly switching variety.

2. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk - I use this to make smoothies with frozen fruit, with chia seeds to make pudding, in my tea, pretty much anything that calls for a milk substitute. Couldn't live without it.

3. Agave Nectar - a sweetener made from the Agave plant. I use this for any recipe that calls for a sweetener, and I put a little in my tea to sweeten it up!

4. Red Beans - I used to LOVE Zatarains Red Beans and rice from the box, so these days I love adding red beans to my quinoa mixes.

5. Veggie Stock - I use this to make my quinoa instead of just boiling water. Adds a great kick of healthy flavor.

6. Earth Balance - Great plant based butter substitute. I don't use this often, but I will throw a little spoonful into my quinoa when I'm cooking it up to give a slight buttery taste.

7. Dates rolled in coconut - These are bite sizes desserts. If you've never had them, they are sweeter than you think, and I rarely want to eat more than one. I great light dessert or treat!

8. Chia seeds - Chia seeds are so, so good for you! I love making Chia seed pudding, a delicious way to work these into a vegan diet!

9. Cocoa powder - cocoa powder must always be on hand. It can be added to Chia seed pudding, or blended in with a frozen banana to make 'chocolate banana soft serve.'

10. Tofu - I usually add tofu in to my quinoa mixes, and I also make 'egg-less salad.'

11. Veganaise - I don't use this very often, but when I make 'egg-less salad' I throw a scoop in.

12. Seltzer - I was raised on Diet Coke - SO SO SO BAD FOR YOU. But I love fizzy drinks. It took a bit of getting used to, but now I love seltzer and drink it all of the time!

13. Hummus - I love dipping cut  fresh veggies into a great tub of hummus. A great snack when you're craving something salty.

14. Cucumber - a key ingredient in green juice, and one of my go-to veggies for hummus dipping!

15. Celery - a key ingredient in green juice, and one of my go-to veggies for hummus dipping!

16. Green bell peppers -  I love green bell peppers, but hate any other color bell peppers, weird right? I like to dip them in hummus, or chop them up and add them to my quinoa mixes.

17. Dried figs -  I love popping these as a quick snack or adding to a salad.

18. Pears - I prefer pears to apples, so I keep these on hand to snack on when I'm craving sweets.

19. Avocado - best. fruit. EVER. If I could LIVE off of avocados alone, I would.

20. Bananas - I don't eat bananas often, but I always keep some chopped up and frozen in my freezer in case I'm craving ice cream and need to make a little soft serve.

21. Chickpeas - great for salads and mixed into quinoa dishes.

22. Black Beans - great for salads and mixed into quinoa dishes.

23. Salsa - always one of my favorites. Sometimes I like to use salsa on my salad instead of dressing.

24. Lara bars - I always have a Lara bar in my bag in case I get really hungry and need a snack. My favorite flavor is Cookie Dough.

25. Kombucha - I just recently started drinking this in the past year. I used to be SO scared of it, but now that I've tried it, I love it.

Have you made a resolution to eat better? I'd love some great vegan recommendations, what are YOU eating?

1 comment:

  1. I might have to bring this with me to the grocery store on my next trip! I'm trying really hard to stop eating meat and cut out as much dairy as possible (bf makes it HARD), so it would be good to have some ideas besides tofu.


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