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Going vegan means overhauling your pantry just a little bit — with delicious vegan staples. It’s easier than ever, with plenty of vegan versions of the foods you already know and love.
Below are some of our go-to pantry staples that we just have to have at all times, including delicious ingredients like “nooch” that might be hard for a new vegan to find in the store.
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Better Than Bouillon No Beef Base
Just add a tablespoon of this “beef” base to water to make a rich and flavorful meat-free broth for soups and stews. Each jar makes 38 cups of broth–a little goes a long way.
This egg- and dairy-free mayo from Follow Your Heart makes a tasty vegan sandwich (or any recipe calling for mayo) even better. It’s like traditional mayo but without the animal cruelty and cholesterol.
Did you know liquid smoke is a secret ingredient to lots of mock meat dishes? Just a tiny dash brings a meaty, smokey flavor to your dish. Try it with coconut bacon.
Daiya Deluxe Cheeze Sauce
Did you know you can buy just the cheeze sauce from Daiya’s signature mac n’ cheese? Make sure to stock up on this to use with pasta, veggies, nachos and more.
Butler Soy Curls
Rehydrated soy curls have a texture just like chicken or pork, and they’ll take on the flavor of whatever you use for seasoning (maybe with some of that No-Beef Base?) to emulate your old favorite dishes without the animals.
Textured Vegetable Protein
Like soy curls, textured vegetable protein (TVP) is a protein-packed dehydrated meat replacement. Just treat it as you would ground beef for a crumbly, juicy addition to tacos or pasta sauce. Add broth and seasoning.
Follow Your Heart VeganEgg
This egg replacer is perfect for baking, cooking or whipping up some scrambled “eggs.” Just mix the powder with water and you’re ready to go.
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows
Marshmallows are one of those things you don’t know you want until you’re really craving them. That’s why it’s good to grab some Dandies to have on hand, as conventional marshmallows are often made with animal-derived gelatin.
Biscoff Cookie Butter
Need we say more? Everyone with a sweet tooth needs a jar of this creamy cookie spread on hand. Nobody is too old for a cookie butter sandwich.
Louisville Vegan Jerky
Perfect for snacking on or for replacing bacon on a BLT. Fake Meats has a huge selection of vegan jerky to try–this is just one option.
Last but certainly not least: Vegan gold. For a slightly nutty, cheesy flavor, sprinkle over, well, anything, or use these B12-fortified flakes to make homemade cheese sauce.
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Such great recommendations! I will pass these along.. Thank you so much!
I have been VEGAN since 1976!! I have been feeling so much better since then. I don’t find myself ready to go to bed after eating any kind of animal!! It slowed me down a lot.
Ii could go vegan easily except for dairy and that’s what I hate the worst! I need milk that tastes like regular milk. And those recipes look like heaven but I can’t use my hands anymore due to a disease. Can’t write my name. I can do a little. I finally cut up a banana!!! I believe in this and want to be vegan but it’s hard. People have hurt me,but animals NEVER!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!
It’s easy to be vegan, there are so many delicious options out there now. But there are some things I can’t have because I can’t have foods with processed sugar. But I make due, and it makes me happy to know that I’m not contributing to the suffering of innocent animals!