It's not always easy to know what to make for dinner when you're starting out as a vegan, especially if you ate lots of animal-derived products before. But if you make sure you have these essentials, you'll make the transition much easier.
- Nuts. Nuts are really healthy for you (although they are high in calories so you don’t want to overeat them!) and they can be added to various dishes. You can use them to make a boring salad much crunchier and to add texture to vegan desserts. You can also enjoy them on their own for a quick energy boost on the go!
- Spices. These are a must to add more tastiness to your meals, so stock up on pepper, turmeric and cinnamon for those sweet treats. Even just some cinnamon on your morning oatmeal can make it so much more delicious.
- Ancient grains. Not just healthy for you, ancient grains like quinoa and spelt (which is great for flatbreads!) are versatile so you can enjoy them with other foods or on their own. For instance, quinoa is delicious when used as pumpkin stuffing because it gives it a satisfying element.
- Beans. Great for giving you your protein, beans are also satisfying foods. Have a nice variety of them in your kitchen so that you can grab them for a quick and easy meal - or add them to pasta or rice to make them more filling.
- Condiments. Everyone needs a dash of sauce now and then to give their foods that extra bite of deliciousness, but obviously mayonnaise is off the table. Who cares? Stock up on things like tahini, nut butters, and olive oil and you'll have even tastier dishes than before!
- Pasta. Pasta is great for hot or cold dishes and also easy to whip up. It tends to be vegan but always check to make sure. Choose delicious whole grain varieties for an extra burst of nutrition.