Essentials You Need in Your Kitchen for a Vegan Diet
February 16, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

When it comes to everyday cooking, there are a few must have essentials for a vegan diet. We have come up with some of the best ingredients and utensils to keep in the kitchen that will get you fully prepared to embark on a Vegan lifestyle!

1. A Blender

a-blender

A blender is key when moving to a the vegan diet as many recipes include sauces, smoothies or even breakfast’s that need to be blended. The result is often delicious and it is definitely worth investing in a good blender. You will save time when It comes to cooking but will also include key flavours such as cashew sauce.

2. A Tin Can Opener

There have been many days where I have been stuck trying to figure out a handy way to open a can of chickpeas with a knife. A tin can opener will definitely be your knight in shining armour when it comes to opening the countless amounts of beans you encounter.

3. Microplane Fine Grater

microplane-fine-grater

Vegan food often involves plenty of fresh ingredients that will keep you reminiscing at the flavour for hours afterwards. Often when using ginger, nutmeg or lemon zest you have to grate this key flavour into your dish. This is much better to use than the prepared version you can buy from the store and any vegan kitchen should have one.

4. Vegetable Stock

As a vegan who enjoys exploring all kinds of recipes, I find that quite a lot of them include vegetable stock to lock in flavour. The same can be said for vegan soups. Therefore, I always stock up on this product when I can or when I see some sort of promotion in store. Quick warning to check the back, as not all vegetable stock is made without milk and unfortunately it can be an easy mistake to believe it is only made of vegetables.

5. Grains

quinoa

Quinoa, rice and pasta, any of these are a product which as a vegan you would want to stock up on over the coming months. These three items can be found in many different flavours and shapes but are also the core of most vegan dishes. My cupboards would normally be over flowing with packets of different kinds of pasta or grains.

Most recipes will feature these and if not they are also quick and easy to prepare if you have been too busy during the week to prepare a more elaborate dinner. Simply cook up one of the three, add in some vegetables with a store bought sauce and voila, a vegan meal is prepared.

6. A Really Efficient Chef’s Knife

When cooking vegan food you will have to deal with more vegetables than usual this means you might be stuck cutting them for hours if you do not have a sharp chef’s knife lying around. In my kitchen I have three knives which I use for cutting vegetables, the rest are simply too dull and would leave me hacking away for hours.

7. Nutritional Yeast

nutritional-yeast

Nutritional Yeast is something every vegan needs when it comes to seasoning. The taste resembles cheese and can help you add some flavour to any creamy sauce you might be making. It is also generally a good idea to add this to as may meals as possible, as it contains B12. You can buy nutritional yeast in almost any health store and this will benefit largely to your kitchen when it comes to eating vegan.

8. Hummus

Now obviously not everybody is going to be a fan of hummus but I would recommend you try it at least once! There are endless flavours you can choose from when buying hummus. You can go for spicy, low fat, beetroot and classic hummus. All of which are equally delicious! The reason I praise hummus is if you’re busy with work or college you can enjoy hummus on a piece of bread, on vegetables or with crackers. It’s sold in the majority of supermarkets and will fill you up in a matter of seconds. When it comes to having something scrumptious around, hummus is ideal.

9. A Non-Stick Pan

a-non-stick-pan

When people think about cooking essentials for a vegan diet, they often overlook the most basic of kitchen utensils. A non-stick pan can help an awful lot when it comes to eating vegan because some vegans do not use oil. This can become problematic when using a normal pan. Also, high-protein foods like tofu are known for sticking to the pan and attempting to cook these foods in another pan can be frustrating. So it would definitely be worth your time investing in a good one.

10. Spices and Herbs

Last but certainly not least when it comes to eating a vegan diet is spices and herbs. Honestly, in my opinion this is essential in any kitchen. It is impossible to give any real flavour to food which has not been properly seasoned. I would dedicate a shelf to a whole range of different spices and herbs, Tesco have lots of options which are very affordable. Build them up over time but definitely don’t leave yourself eating bland food.

Once you add these items to the kitchen you will be on your way to enjoying a stress-free vegan diet full of flavour! If you fancy a night away from the kitchen, then why not treat yourself at one of the 7 Tastiest Vegan Restaurants in Dublin.

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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Essentials You Need in Your Kitchen for a Vegan Diet
February 16, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

When it comes to everyday cooking, there are a few must have essentials for a vegan diet. We have come up with some of the best ingredients and utensils to keep in the kitchen that will get you fully prepared to embark on a Vegan lifestyle!

1. A Blender

a-blender

A blender is key when moving to a the vegan diet as many recipes include sauces, smoothies or even breakfast’s that need to be blended. The result is often delicious and it is definitely worth investing in a good blender. You will save time when It comes to cooking but will also include key flavours such as cashew sauce.

2. A Tin Can Opener

There have been many days where I have been stuck trying to figure out a handy way to open a can of chickpeas with a knife. A tin can opener will definitely be your knight in shining armour when it comes to opening the countless amounts of beans you encounter.

3. Microplane Fine Grater

microplane-fine-grater

Vegan food often involves plenty of fresh ingredients that will keep you reminiscing at the flavour for hours afterwards. Often when using ginger, nutmeg or lemon zest you have to grate this key flavour into your dish. This is much better to use than the prepared version you can buy from the store and any vegan kitchen should have one.

4. Vegetable Stock

As a vegan who enjoys exploring all kinds of recipes, I find that quite a lot of them include vegetable stock to lock in flavour. The same can be said for vegan soups. Therefore, I always stock up on this product when I can or when I see some sort of promotion in store. Quick warning to check the back, as not all vegetable stock is made without milk and unfortunately it can be an easy mistake to believe it is only made of vegetables.

5. Grains

quinoa

Quinoa, rice and pasta, any of these are a product which as a vegan you would want to stock up on over the coming months. These three items can be found in many different flavours and shapes but are also the core of most vegan dishes. My cupboards would normally be over flowing with packets of different kinds of pasta or grains.

Most recipes will feature these and if not they are also quick and easy to prepare if you have been too busy during the week to prepare a more elaborate dinner. Simply cook up one of the three, add in some vegetables with a store bought sauce and voila, a vegan meal is prepared.

6. A Really Efficient Chef’s Knife

When cooking vegan food you will have to deal with more vegetables than usual this means you might be stuck cutting them for hours if you do not have a sharp chef’s knife lying around. In my kitchen I have three knives which I use for cutting vegetables, the rest are simply too dull and would leave me hacking away for hours.

7. Nutritional Yeast

nutritional-yeast

Nutritional Yeast is something every vegan needs when it comes to seasoning. The taste resembles cheese and can help you add some flavour to any creamy sauce you might be making. It is also generally a good idea to add this to as may meals as possible, as it contains B12. You can buy nutritional yeast in almost any health store and this will benefit largely to your kitchen when it comes to eating vegan.

8. Hummus

Now obviously not everybody is going to be a fan of hummus but I would recommend you try it at least once! There are endless flavours you can choose from when buying hummus. You can go for spicy, low fat, beetroot and classic hummus. All of which are equally delicious! The reason I praise hummus is if you’re busy with work or college you can enjoy hummus on a piece of bread, on vegetables or with crackers. It’s sold in the majority of supermarkets and will fill you up in a matter of seconds. When it comes to having something scrumptious around, hummus is ideal.

9. A Non-Stick Pan

a-non-stick-pan

When people think about cooking essentials for a vegan diet, they often overlook the most basic of kitchen utensils. A non-stick pan can help an awful lot when it comes to eating vegan because some vegans do not use oil. This can become problematic when using a normal pan. Also, high-protein foods like tofu are known for sticking to the pan and attempting to cook these foods in another pan can be frustrating. So it would definitely be worth your time investing in a good one.

10. Spices and Herbs

Last but certainly not least when it comes to eating a vegan diet is spices and herbs. Honestly, in my opinion this is essential in any kitchen. It is impossible to give any real flavour to food which has not been properly seasoned. I would dedicate a shelf to a whole range of different spices and herbs, Tesco have lots of options which are very affordable. Build them up over time but definitely don’t leave yourself eating bland food.

Once you add these items to the kitchen you will be on your way to enjoying a stress-free vegan diet full of flavour! If you fancy a night away from the kitchen, then why not treat yourself at one of the 7 Tastiest Vegan Restaurants in Dublin.

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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