Essentials for vegan cooking
Essentials for vegan cooking. Want to eat vegan but don’t know where to start? Here are the must-haves for your kitchen!
I’ve been a big fan of the Instant Pot for over 6 years. It’s a great cooking tool for busy people who want to simplify their lives while maintaining a healthy diet. You can create large batches of food and store them in the fridge in a fraction of the time compared to a slow cooker.
Another great feature of the Instant Pot is that you can get specially designed silicone lids for the inner pots. This means you can prepare a large meal, seal the leftovers, and store them in the fridge. Reheating the food you prepare is a breeze. Simply take the leftovers out of the fridge, remove the silicone lid, put the inner pot back in the cooker, and turn on the Instant Pot to keep it warm.
Many of the meals I prepare require blending. Transferring ingredients out of the Instant Pot can be a hassle, so I’ve linked below an immersion blender that I use to make my famous zucchini soup. My partner and I have the 3-quart Instant Pot. For the two of us, the size is perfect. If you have a family with kids, you’ll probably want the 6-quart model.
In addition to simplifying meal preparation and saving time, the Instant Pot also has many nutritional benefits.
By using pressure cooking, it can maintain the freshness and nutrients of food while reducing cooking times. This means that vegetables stay crisp and tender while preserving important vitamins and minerals for your health.
By using the steam cooking function, it also allows you to cook food without adding fat, making it a healthy option for those concerned about weight or suffering from a health problem related to cholesterol.
Finally, the Instant Pot is also an ideal choice for people following a vegan or vegetarian diet, as it allows you to easily cook legumes, grains, and vegetables in record time while maintaining their texture and nutrient content.
Here, you’ll find my basic ingredients, everything you need to make my recipes and create your own. Plus, these are foods that are very common in vegan recipes. Get inspired! Have fun!
In vegan cuisine, there are several essential ingredients that are used to replace animal-based products. Here are some of the most common ingredients:
- Vegetables and fruits: Vegetables and fruits are essential in any vegan diet. They are rich in nutrients and fiber and can be used to prepare a wide variety of dishes.
- Legumes: Legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and split peas, are an important source of protein for vegans. They can be used in soups, salads, stews, and curries.
- Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds are rich in protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They can be used to make plant-based milks, nut butters, sauces, and toppings for dishes.
- Soy-based products: Tofu, tempeh, and soy milk are common soy-based products in vegan cuisine. They are rich in protein and can be used to prepare tasty dishes such as stir-fries, soups, and smoothies.
- Whole grains: Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, and barley, are rich in nutrients and fiber. They can be used to prepare dishes such as salads, stews, and grain bowls.
By using these ingredients, vegans can prepare a wide variety of delicious and nutritious dishes. Hopefully, this list will help you build or complete your own vegan pantry.
Cereals Spelt flakes Spelt flour Quinoa, buckwheat Brown or basmati rice Rice and whole wheat pasta
Nuts Almonds Cashews Walnuts Almond/peanut butter
Oils Neutral oil : sunflower, canola… Extra virgin olive oil Coconut oil
Nuts Almonds Cashews Walnuts Almond/ peanut butter
Legumes Red, black, pinto and garbanzo beans Green, brown, and coral lentils
Seeds Chia Pumpkin Flax
Vinegar Apple cider vinegar Balsamic vinegar Lime or lemon juice
Also… Fruits and vegetables Nutritional yeast, vegan cheese Corn/tapioca starch Gluten flour, chickpea flour, Liquid smoke Baking powder and baking soda
Soy Soft, firm, and smoked tofu Tempeh Texturized soy protein Edamame
Hot sauce (piri-piri, etc.) Tahini Soy sauce or tamari White miso paste Dijon mustard Unsweetened plant-based milk (almond, soy, cashew, oat, etc.) Soy cream (Belsoy) Cocoa powder Coconut sugar Maple syrup
Herbs and spices Basil Cinnamon Cayenne pepper Cloves Coriander, Cumin Turmeric, Curry Ginger, Vegetable stock Himalayan salt Oregano, Paprika, Garlic powder Onion powder Black pepper
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