food essentials for new vegans


Food shopping as a new vegan can be confusing and overwhelming, so today we're taking you through the essentials that you should pick up at the supermarket to begin making interesting and tasty meals. We've divided the essentials into meals, to help give you some inspiration of how you can use each item. Some items appear more than once because you can use them in a variety of meals.

Breakfast
+ porridge (add fruits and syrups for more flavour)
+ granola (see our post all about granola here)
+ fruit (bananas, berries, apples, oranges, for use in smoothies and on porridge or granola)
+ peanut butter (use in smoothies or have with bananas or apples)
+ non-dairy milk (use in porridge, granola and smoothies)
+ fruit juice

Lunch
+ potatoes (used for chips, mash, in soups, stews or eaten by themselves)
+ rice (have with mixed vegetables)
+ quinoa (mix with herbs and spices and have with vegetables)
+ vegetables (onions, garlic, carrots, aubergines, courgettes, mushrooms, peppers)
+ coconut oil (cook your vegetables in this)

Dinner
+ red lentils (an amazing base for a hearty soup)
+ curry paste or sauce (add vegetables and mock meat and eat with rice/quinoa/cous cous)
+ spinach (great base for a salad)
+ tomato passata (use in soups and curries)
+ herbs and spices (experiment with different dishes)
+ bouillon (base for soups and stews)
+ condiments (ketchup, sriracha, soy sauce, etc)
+ cous cous

Snacks
+ potato crisps (watch out for milk in the ingredients)
+ fruit (mangoes, grapes, kiwi, peaches, nectarines)
+ rice cakes
+ guacamole (to spread on rice cakes, or simply spread a ripe avocado)
+ nuts (almonds, pistachios, peanuts, cashews, etc)
+ lemon and lime (for flavouring water)
+ non-dairy yoghurt

Those are our basic food essentials for any new vegan, it's important to experiment but also have a few select 'go to' recipes for days when you're not feeling the inspiration. Keep a look out because we'll soon be sharing some really easy recipes for vegan beginners using only the items on this list!

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