Sunday, July 2, 2017

Essential Ingredients For Creating Simple Vegan Recipes

The beauty of vegan recipes is that most of them that are quick and easy to make. In order to make endless simple vegan recipes here is a list of basic ingredients to stock your kitchen with, ensuring you will always be able to whip up a delicious, vegan meal in minutes.

Top Store Cupboard Ingredients For Simple Vegan Recipes

Beans and pulses

If you have a good selection of beans and pulses then you will quickly be able to whip up delicious simple vegan recipes such as stews, soups, dips, and salads. Dried beans are more nutritious than canned, however canned beans are much quicker to prepare. Some beans and pulses to stock up on include:
  • Black eyed beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Cannellini beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils
Grains
Grains provide a valuable source of protein to vegans, as well as being packed with many other vital nutrients. They can be used to make all kinds of vegan meals. Ensure you have a selection of the following:
  • Quinoa
  • Bulgur Wheat
  • Couscous
  • Millet
  • Brown Rice
Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit
Nuts and seeds should be a daily occurrence in a vegan diet, providing essential omega 3, as well as a multitude of other valuable nutrients. They are ideal to be eaten as energy providing snacks, as well as being used in numerous vegan dishes.

Stock up on the following:
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Apricots
  • Goji Berries
Basic Store Cupboard Ingredients
Many basic store cupboard ingredients that are found in every kitchen and are essential for creating a wide variety of simple vegan recipes. These include:
    Cupboard Ingredients
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Herbs and Spices
  • Pasta (not egg based)
  • Noodles (not egg based)
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Tomato Puree
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vegetable stock cubes


Top chilled ingredients for simple vegan recipes

Vegan Substitutes
There are now many vegan substitutes available for animal products such as meat and dairy. While it is better to eat whole, natural foods as the bulk of your diet, these foods can have their place in a vegan diet and can be used to create quick and simple vegan recipes. Always be careful to check the label, as the products are sometimes only suitable for vegetarians, not vegans. Vegan substitutes include:
  • Vegan Margarine
  • Vegan Cheese
  • Vegan Mayo
  • Soya Milk
  • Soy Yoghurts
  • Soy Ice Cream
  • Meat Substitutes (e.g. mince, burgers, sausages etc.)
  • Tofu
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables should be the main ingredient in a vegan diet and can be used to make endless simple vegan recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables can actually be the most exciting aspect of a vegan diet when used creatively and in variety.

Make an effort to increase your repertoire of simple vegan recipes using fruits and vegetables, and you will be astounded at the delicious creations that are possible. Experiment with as wide a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables as you can, and try to eat organic whenever it is available.

Top frozen ingredients for simple vegan recipes

While fresh food is always preferable to frozen, frozen food can have its place in a healthy vegan diet. Frozen food retains more nutrients than “fresh” food that has been sitting around for weeks, and is ideal for creating simple vegan recipes in a hurry when you haven’t had a chance to get to the store.

Top ingredients to keep in the freezer include:
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Freezable vegan meals such as soups and stews (preferably homemade)
  • Vegan meat substitutes

That's it,
What are your special vegan ingredients that you like to use?

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