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Basic Ingredients for the Vegan Kitchen

By Alexandra Jamieson

Part of Vegan Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Vegan cooking can seem intimidating, but always keeping a few basic vegan ingredients in your kitchen can bolster your confidence. Stock your kitchen with the following vegan basics so you always have the ingredients for a healthy, cruelty-free meal:

  • Whole- and cracked-grain porridges and boxed cereals

  • Bulk whole grains: Brown rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, barley, spelt berries, oat groats, kamut, teff, and rye berries

  • Whole-grain pastas in various shapes

  • Whole-grain baking mixes

  • Cornmeal polenta: Bulk, boxed dry, or premade

  • Frozen whole-grain pancakes, waffles, tortillas, and pizza crusts

  • Breads: Whole-grain loaves (sliced, frozen, or locally made fresh), pita bread, tortillas, bagels, rolls, English muffins, baguettes

  • Beans: Adzuki, anasai, black, black-eyed peas, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cranberry, gigante, great Northern, lima, pinto, mung, navy, and soy

  • Lentils: Brown, green (also known as French), red, or yellow

  • Tofu

  • Tempeh

  • Miso paste

  • Naturally brewed soy sauce

  • Frozen foods: Spinach, peaches, cherries, blueberries, edamame, broccoli, beans, peas, and lentils

  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pecans

  • Seeds: Sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, and flax

  • Sea vegetables: Arame, kelp/kombu, dulse, and shakers from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables

  • Boxes or cubes of vegan vegetable stock, sea salt, and black pepper