Becoming vegan is a difficult transition, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Yes, it can be easier for some – but for most, it will be hard. You are changing how you eat and think, which can be a challenge when it’s been what you were raised on. It’s the only thing you’re used to, however we’re here to help you out in any way we can. That’s why we put together our beginner vegan grocery list – featuring delicious ingredients to make some of our go-to vegan dishes. Check out our kitchen necessities to learn how to stock your kitchen with the right equipment.
What do you need in a vegan kitchen? Honestly the answer may surprise you in that it’s not that different from any other kitchen. There are a handful of ingredients that may be unknown to you, but all are fairly easy to find depending on where you live.
Beans, beans, the magical fruit…
For many vegans beans are their main source of protein. With many different varieties they are perfect to add to almost any recipe. While not technically a bean, we absolutely love chickpeas – especially in our chickpea “tuna”. Not a chickpea person? Try out of grill-able black bean sausages!
Nuts for even more protein!
In case you don’t get enough protein (which is highly unlikely) nuts have got your back! We also keep almonds, walnuts, and pecans in our pantry. They’re perfect salad toppers for that extra crunch. Plus are usually a main ingredient in many plant-based cheeses. Try out of Vanilla Almond Granola for the perfect protein packed breakfast.
Don’t forget to eat your greens
Eat your vegetables – all vegetables – but most importantly green vegetables. We are huge fans of green leaf lettuce, kale, and spinach. Packed full of nutrients that your body needs. Try to have some leafy greens every day. Best way is to sneak it into some other creamy dishes like our Kale and Artichoke Dip.
You can still enjoy milk without the cow, you even have more options. We love being dairy-free because were not trapped just having dairy milk. As a vegan you have so many milk options – from almond to cashew to hemp to rice to macadamia and so much more! Personally I love rice milk to drink and use soy milk in most other recipes.
Seeds… no not for the garden.
These little guys are actually a lot more versatile than you may think. We always have hemp, chia, and flax seeds in our pantry. All are a great source of protein and each have their own unique uses. Use chia or flax as a great egg substitute in recipes (just combine 1 tbsp with 3 tbsp of water to replace one egg). Hemp is a base in our super cream caesar salad dressing.
Grains and noodles
Bowls are a big thing in the vegan community – from buddha bowls to energy bowls to goddess bowls. To be honest we don’t really know what the difference is, but we know they’re all delicious. We love brown rice, chow mein noodles, and sushi rice. These are the bases in dishes like Tempeh Buddha Bowl, Classic Chow Mein, and Teriyaki “Chicken” Maki. We’d be remiss not to also mention rolled oats – perfect for a delicious and hearty breakfast. Try our savoury oatmeal for a twist on the favourite vegan breakfast.
We LOVE tofu and tempeh – they are in at least one meal everyday. Tofu is perfect for our Air-Fried “Chicken” Nuggets, Sticky Sesame Tofu, and Tofu Benedict. Tempeh is the star in our BALT Sandwich and Tempeh Buddha Bowl.
Your favourite veggies
Obviously having a good selection of vegetables is important. Some of our favourites include mushrooms, cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes, corn, and cucumber. This takes some experimentation of what vegetables you like best. Some of our favourite veggie based dishes include Mushroom Calamari, Loaded Corn on the Cob, Cauliflower Wings, and Asparagus Mushroom Tacos. PS. Don’t forget our favourite, dehydrated mushrooms!
Frozen fruit won’t go bad before you can eat it
Fruit is delicious, but it can go bad very quickly. It super sad when you open a pint of berries only to see a bed of mold. Avoid this problem by buying frozen. You can use it for pretty much any use plus eating frozen fruit or almost thawed fruit is delicious. Plus frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies – like our tropical smoothie, berry beet smoothie, and chocolate avocado smoothie.
An arsenal of spices
You’ve heard us say this before but spices are a must! We have a collection of about 50, but there are a handful that we recommend everyone has. We make sure we always have garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, smoked paprika, hot chili powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, kosher salt, black pepper, and a selection of dried herbs.
Don’t forget the flavour boosters!
There are a few things that are always in the fridge that don’t really fall into any category above – we like to call them flavour boosters. Soy sauce is a must for many Asian dishes, nutritional yeast for that perfect cheesy flavour, and citrus (we’re talking lemons and limes here).