Taking more steps towards becoming plant based? We salute you! It’s no surprising news that the clock is ticking on the health of our planet, and going vegan is one of the best ways we can show Mama Earth more love.
If you’re keen to get some more plant power into your life, but don’t want to miss out on flavour and taste, we’ve pulled together some kitchen staples that’ll take your meals from dull to delicious in a matter of seconds.
1. NUTRITIONAL YEAST
Some may say this is the holy grail of vegan eating. Contrary to its name, but nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that’s packed full of B vitamins, folic acid and zinc— not to mention its cheesy flavour is an absolute life savour when it comes to flavouring salads, soups and condiments. If you think it ain’t easy being cheesy on a vegan diet.. think again!
2. MISO PASTE
There are a million and one reasons to love miso, but we’ve not got time to rifle through all of them, so we’ll hit you with the best. Miso is made up of fermented soybeans and has a deep + rich umami flavour that offers an infinite number of possibilities in the kitchen. From adding some serious POW to Asian dishes, to being a key ingredient in the infamous miso aubergine dish that’s taken the wellness world by storm, the world is your oyster when it comes to this delicious condiment.
3. CHIA SEEDS
A cliché wellness staple that deserves its place on every foodie list round up— these little seeds pack a serious nutritional punch and are SO versatile. They make the base of the best breakfasts— hello endless chia seed pudding recipes, and are a lifesaver when it comes to replacing eggs in vegan baking. Not forgetting that they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which can be difficult to find on a vegan diet.
4. BEANS & PULSES
Cheap, cheerful and incredibly versatile, beans and pulses are an essential part of a plant based diet. Providing a healthy source of carbs and fibre, they make perfect bases to curries, salads and dips. Homemade hummus anyone?!
If you find that they can make you a little bloated, make sure you rinse them well before cooking to remove any excess starch, and try soaking them overnight too to help make them easier on your digestion.
Spices make for gamechanging vegan eats— they allow simple canvas foods like tofu, tempeh and chickpeas to take on totally new and exciting personalities. Get your Indian on with turmeric, garam masala and cumin, or Mexican with smoked paprika and chilli. Invest in a good quality spice rack and your meals will never be bland again!