Being vegan isn’t as difficult as some people make it out to be, but eating the same dish every day sure is. More than one attempted vegan has broken their streak because they didn’t have the know-how to keep their cooking varied –or worse because they relied too heavily on salads.
But with the right ingredients on hand, your vegan cooking rotation can include a wide array of different and delicious meals that are as healthy or indulgent as you’d like. Here are eight ingredients you should always keep in stock.
Nutritional yeast will add a cheesy flavor to vegan dishes.
Known affectionately as “nooch,” these yellow flakes add a nice savory flavor to food. Plus, according to Livestrong, nutritional yeast is a complete protein and a great source of vitamin B. Many recipes you’ll find for any kind of cheese-like dish will call for liberal amounts of nooch. It’s a simple addition to take your sauces and scrambles up a notch.
Cashews can be made into creamy sauces.
Apart from being great to toss into a salad for some crunch and protein, cashews are the holy grail of anything creamy in the vegan world. When soaked for a couple of hours or more, they can be blended and form the base of cheese, Alfredo sauce, and more. There are seriously so many things you can do with these high-fat, mellow-flavored nuts.
Vegetable broth can be a base for vegan soups and other dishes.
Whether you’re making stuffing, soup, or any number of traditional dishes, some kind of broth or stock is a common base. Sometimes veganizing a dish, like borscht, is as simple as swapping veggie stock for beef stock. It has a long shelf life before being opened, too, so it’s a good idea to keep a couple of boxes in your pantry.
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