Over the course of the next few days, I'm going to be making some vegan "must-have" lists, for my kitchen, to give you guys a peak inside what happens in my kitchen!
Tomorrow I will make my top must- have list for the fridge!
This is my top 30, must haves for my pantry:
1. Nutritional yeast- I put this on so many things, and use it in so many things, its an absolute staple in any vegans kitchen. When I first went vegan, I hated this stuff, but now I could eat it straight up! It just makes everything more savory and yummy!
2. Sweet garlic thai chili sauce- Basically a stir fry sauce or a dip for spring rolls, pot stickers, etc. really yummy stuff!
3. Vital wheat gluten- For making homemade seitan and fake meats. Essential for the vegan who wants to extend their creativity or make cheap, amazing fake meat.
4. Maldon grey sea salt- Couldn't do without this, its much less "salty" then your average plain old sea salt, it has a deep flavor and makes everything more flavorful then when using regular sea salt
5. Good organic balsamic vinegar- It is very worth spending a little more money getting a good quality, no crap added and preferable organic brand of balsamic vinegar as a little goes a really long way. My favorite brand is the one from kirkland signature (the costco brand)
6. Good organic extra virgin olive oil- Speaks for itself, I like a good buttery, rich creamy EVOO, a good brand is from kirkland signature as well (the costco brand)
7. White balsamic vinegar -I usually add this along with white wine when I use it to deglaze something or make a sauce, it adds an extra level of tartness. I also use it many salad dressings.
8. Brown or green lentils- great for tacos, burgers, daal, basically in any place you would use TVP. I really love lentils they are so versitale and have so much flavor.
9. Xanthan gum- is awesome for instant thickening. I usually I use for making soy ice cream, as I don't like making the cooked version, as it takes longer and you loose the benefits of using fortified soymilk. Its also great for gluten free baking.
10. Qiunoa- Speaks for instelf, tasty and a complete protein, can't go wrong with this.
11. Good quality vegetable broth cubes- Occasionally I make my own veggie broth, but it just so handy to have it in my pantry, I prefer the cubs, opposed to the liquid as you can add it into seasonings for extra flavor. I use it in everything from soup, to pasta sauces.
12. Cocoa powder- Essential for a chocoholic and I am definitely one, I also use it some fake beef things.
13. Creamed coconut- I use this instead of coconut milk in Indian and Thai curries. It's a lot cheaper then coconut milk.
14. Coconut milk- I use this for vegan whipped cream, and anywhere evaporated milk or heavy cream is required.
15. Brown basmati rice- Great for Indian food.
16. Brown sushi rice- For Asian foods.
17. Nori sheets- For sushi and anytime a "fishy" flavor is required.
18. Black salt- adds an "eggy" flavor to tofu scrambles, and fake egg sandwich's
20. Assorted dry beans- speaks for itself, cheaper then canned, and without the BPA worry
21. Dates- Great sugar substitute in baking and for making homemade larabars
22. Dark chocolate- Again needed for any chocoholics, so a must have for me
23. Stevia- Awesome substitute for sugar, and such with no calories
24. Evaporated cane juice- healthier then bleached white sugar.
25. Jarred crushed tomatoes- I used jarred instead of canned, because of wanting to avoid BPA
26. Shelf stable vanilla soymilk -for coffee
27. Maple syrup- One of my favorite things!
28. Coconut Oil- what isn't this stuff good for? You can use it for candy making, moisturizing, fudge, etc. Essential for any vegan kitchen.
29. Good whole Coffee beans(organic and fair-trade certified)- helps to wake me up in the morning, and helps to make the morning grumpies go away.
30. Energy Egg replacer- a whippable egg replacer that is a good substitute for egg whites.