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Eating Vegan: Top Ten Kitchen Staples

One of the misconceptions about vegan eats is that you’re either living on salads or making some kind of elaborate, fake-meat based meal. That can’t be farther from the truth! Sure, I dig a good salad from time to time, but most of the meals we eat around here are much heartier and take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Here are the kitchen staples that I make sure to always have on hand, so I can throw quick, delicious meals together!

1. Potatoes

Whether they’re mashed, baked, roasted, or fried, we eat a ton of potatoes. Potato-based family favorites include shepherd’s pie and mashed potatoes topped with sauteed greens. Check out Heather’s recipe for Herbed Potatoes – simple, and delicious!

2. Leafy Greens

Really I could have said kale, and that probably would have been just as accurate, but as long as there’s some kind of leafy green in the kitchen it’s easy as pie to whip up a meal. If kale’s not your thing, try Swiss chard or collards!

I love tossing a few cups of dark, leafy greens into the crock pot with some veggie or mushroom broth, a can of white beans, and some minced garlic. Cook on high for a couple of hours, and dinner is served! The cooking time is a little bit longer, but it’s all passive time – prep takes less than 10 minutes.

3. Beans

Beans are perfect for an easy dinner. Toss them with cooked, whole grains and spices, and you’ve got a whole protein that’s tasty, cheap, and filling. Having beans on hand makes it easy to be ready for impromptu entertaining, too! Blend up beans, olive oil, garlic, tahini, and salt and pepper for a quickie dip or sandwich spread.

5 comments
  1. Sheilah

    Great post! I just happen to have all of these in my kitchen — with the exception of sriracha (I have a thing for chipotle hot sauces instead). My additionto your list: tempeh. Now that I've learned to steam or boil it a little first, it's versatility and ease of use has made it a great addition to my larder.

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