The easiest way to keep eating vegan fun & easy is to have ready to go ingredients made & ready to put together. Having ingredients ready to go is also a great idea to make dinners quick & easy!
Brown Rice & Quinoa - Making these easy grains in bulk is great to throw in salads or have with beans & salsa for a fiesta feel. I make both of these in the rice cooker with water & a bay leaf.
Nuts - Chopped & Whole; Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios... They are great to snack on & awesome to throw on salads.
Chopped Veggies - Keeping a small container of chopped cucumber, tomatoes & onions is super convenient for making salads on the go.
Frozen Fruit - For smoothies! My favorites are Strawberries & Blueberries (Great Value makes a large bag NO ADDED SUGAR option). I also buy bananas & cut up the ones that are just about too ripe & freeze those for smoothies as well.
Almond Milk - I love the ALMOND BREEZE unsweetened vanilla one best! Perfect for smooties, cereal, or as a pairing for cookies! Vegans can still have fun ;)
Spring Mix / Spinach / Lettuce /Kale - Salads, wraps, veggie burgers... Types of lettuce in the house opens up a lot of possibilities. I don't enjoy the taste of kale really so I stick to throwing that in my morning smooties.
Plant based Protein Powder - Protein Powder is a great thing to have on hand to add to baked goods & smoothies. Anywhere you can add some protein in via powder, I say go for it! My favs: VEGA Protein & Greens Vanilla; ORGAIN Organic Protein Creamy Chocolate Fudge.
Easy & Quick Snacks - Something I have learned from becoming vegan is I digest faster & my body is far more effeciant however, I need to eat far more often & that is when super easy & ready to go snacks on hand. They are definitely higher in sugar then some other options but these are something I have on hand for those days when I just don't have time to make something & I need food NOW: THE COMPLETE COOKIE. There are tons of different flavors, they are fresh baked & delicious. They are great for a quick snack or added to some coconut milk ice cream to jazz up an awesome sweet treat!
Dairy free Ice Cream - Craving sweets is when I am at my weakest, so I always have something on hand to satisfy that! I love the SOdelicious COCONUT MILK Vanilla No Sugar Added option! They also make Chocolate, Mint Chip & Butter Pecan in the No Sugar Added option which are also awesome!
Tofutti Sour Cream & Cream Cheese - I have yet to find a vegan cheese that I can even stand but the Tofutti Sour Cream & Cream Cheese are amazing! My favorite thing to do is make ranch dip with the sour cream! (KROGER BRAND's ranch mix is the only dip mix I have found that doesn't have any milk products in it! WIN!)
Pinto, Black & Garbanzo Beans - All excellent beans to have on hand for salads. I strongly suggest making beans yourself from bags of dry beans. It is a cheaper way to buy in bulk & will majorly cut down on sodium & preservatives.
COOKING BEANS FROM SCRATCH
**TIP: I like to cook these without adding any salt or spices so that I can season them for whatever meal I'm making at the moment & they work for everything.
***Only make enough beans at one time to last 3-5 days. Without all the preservatives & added sodium beans go bad quickly after 5 or so days.