If you are lazy when it comes to cooking but are interested in trying out what it feels like to eat as a vegan, here are some staples to keep in your fridge, freezer and cabinets!
Whole Foods is my favorite store to shop, but considerably more expensive than others.
KEY STAPLES TO ALWAYS HAVE IN THE FRIDGE/ FREEZER AND CABINET TO KEEP YOU FULL AND SATISFIED:
Hint: To keep guacamole fresh just cover it with saran wrap so that no oxygen gets in!
2) Hummus (any kind that does not include dairy)
4) Tortilla chips for dipping!
5) Vegan frozen pizza's (Amy's is the best brand in my humble opinion)
6) Quinoi/ Rice/ Whole Wheat Pastas (all others are not vegan)
Tomato based sauces are great! Spice it up with garlic and herbs; Pasta lasts forever in the fridge when you make it in bulk
7) Split pea soup (ham not included)
There is a package of this at Whole Foods which is DELICIOUS! You just let it simmer for two and a half hours and voila! You have soup to last you the WEEK! I spoon it out from the original pot and microwave a bowl of it everyday. Great with tortilla chips crumbled in. John McDougall also makes delicious soups that are mostly ALL vegan. You just add boiling water and BAM, you've got soup in under five minutes.
8) Baked potatoes!
Put broccoli; garlic; "butter"; onion; or whatever on it! Delicious and easy to make!
9) Assorted nuts and raisins!
Great for snacking!!!! They fill you up!!!
10) Dark chocolate
More than 70% cocao!!! Extremely healthy!
11) Any soups made by John McDougall (see #7)
These are small soups in paper cups (one serving) that are ALL VEGAN! You can find them at Whole Foods and now at conventional grocery stores. Just add hot water to them and let them sit for a few minutes; Great selection and very easy to make; Yum!
12) ALL fruits and veggies (obviously)
Hint: Avocados are key because of how nutritious and filling they are! For an easy avocado snack just cut it in half––taking out the pit of course; Leave it in the skin and cut it in squares with a knife––nothing fancy; Then put white vinegar over each half and spoon out; Delicious and filling!
13) Rice, beans and veggies
Always a good staple to have at any meal It's filling and it's packed with protein and carbs (you will NOT GAIN WEIGHT!)
Indian food is great for vegans! The brand I buy is again Amy's; It will clearly say "Dairy Free" on the label; Make sure there's no meat as well!
15) Indian Cuisine (Tasty Bite brand in the yellow packaging)
Buy these in bulk and put them in your cabinets! You just microwave or heat in pot and bam! You have a meal! Many of these are lentils and chickpeas with spices and veggies. Simple and yummy! For extra nutrients sprinkle a little more turmeric on top.
This is what I love on my salad:
Olives, avocado, tomatoes, beans (assortment), broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, sprouts, and vegan cheese. Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
THE BEANS AND AVOCADO ARE WHAT MAKES IT FILLING!
My last thing to note for both is to avoid sugar as much as possible! I would eliminate it completely just because sugar is extremely unhealthy and, once eliminated from your diet, you will stop craving it. I swear, I am a sugar-holic, and after a few months of aviding it, I never crave it anymore.