Top 5 Cupboard Staples

Five things you should keep in your cupboard for vegan cooking;

There is nothing worse than going to make a recipe and realising you’re missing a key ingredient. This month we’ve compiled a list of essential items to keep in your cupboard. They’re items that are often used in many vegan recipes and are considered the basics of plant based cooking.  If you’re new to leading plant based diet, these are perfect to add to your shopping list.
These items are easily found in supermarkets and health food shops, and are often inexpensive items that are tinned or have long use-by dates on. This makes them ideal to keep in your pantry or kitchen cupboards.

1. Chickpeas

An essential item in your cupboard is chickpeas. They can be added to curries, used to make falafel and houmous, and the aquafaba can be used for meringues and a range of other dishes. They are available in tins in any UK supermarket, and they are versatile with many uses.

Chickpeas are a good source of carbohydrate and protein, with high levels of fibre also. You can pick up a tin of chickpeas for around 50p from all UK supermarkets.

2. Tofu

There’s nothing worse than going to make a recipe and realising you’re missing a key ingredient. This month we’ve compiled the essential items to keep in your cupboard, and they’re items that are often used in many vegan recipes. These items are considered the basics of plant based cooking, and if you’re new to leading plant based diet, these are perfect to add to your shopping list.


These items are easily found in supermarkets and health food shops, and are often inexpensive items that are tinned or have long use-by dates on, making them ideal to keep in your pantry or kitchen cupboards.

3. Nutritional Yeast

Adored by many vegans, nutritional yeast gives dishesan extra cheesy taste and is referred to as ‘nooch’ by many.

It’s often added into recipes such as macaroni cheese, and into sauces, or sprinkled over different dishes. Nutritional yeast is made from deactivated yeast, and there are varieties available with added vitamin B12 to help with your intake, which can become restricted on a plant based diet. Some UK supermarkets sell it, however you’re more likely to find it in health food shops. A 125g tub of nutritional yeast costs an average of £3.30.

4. Nuts

Nuts are a great snack to keep in the cupboard and to take to work, but they also have many uses in different recipes. You can make your own nut milk from almonds or cashews and you can make vegan cheeses such as parmesan, for example.

They’re versatile and can be used in nearly any dish, or added to sauces such as pesto, where pine nuts are a main ingredient. You can buy bags of mixed nuts, or individual bags of different types in all UK supermarkets, all with different price points depending on the type of nuts or weight of the bag.

5. Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stock is a cupboard must-have, as it often creates the base flavour for many different dishes such as soup, or can add flavour to quinoa or couscous when cooked in it. You can purchase it in cubes that crumble into hot water, pouches of liquid, or you can buy it as a loose powder.

For a long shelf life, the cubes or powder are ideal and can be bought from all UK supermarkets for less than £1 for a packet, for branded or supermarket own brands.

 

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