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The Ultimate Vegan Store-Cupboard Shopping List!

As you’ll know if you’re subscribed to my youtube channel or follow me on twitter, I recently bought my first flat. I’ve moved what seems like a hundred times over the past few years, and every time I like to start a fresh with my kitchen – as I’m getting ready to move out of a place I’ll try and use up as much as I can, firstly because that means there’ll be less to move, but also because that means I can refresh my new kitchen with brand new items, which makes me weirdly excited. I know, lame, but you have to find joy in the little things! Each time I’ve moved I have tweaked my start-up shopping list, and this time I feel like it’s pretty perfect. If you’re not much of a cook then buying all of this will seem like major overkill, and it’s tailored to my cooking preferences and personal taste (so you might need to go through with a pen and change up a few things) but hopefully this will be a valuable start to your search! I try to focus on protein-rich items, because this is where meat alternatives tend to be lacking.

I also haven’t included anything here that needs to be refrigerated; partly because I like to do my shop a few days before I fully move into a place (and I don’t want things to go off), and partly because this list is all about long-life foods you can have ready in your store cupboard so that all you need to is buy your main ingredients (like tofu or vegetables) and you’ll have everything you need to flavour-up and protein-power your meal!

Tins:
Tomatoes
Chickpeas
Lentils
Kidney beans
Mixed beans
Baked beans
Black beans
Coconut milk
Soups

Coconut milk is perfect for adding creaminess to curries and sauces!

Packets:
Brown rice
White rice
Dried pasta
Dried spaghetti
Rice noodles
Cous cous
Bulgar wheat
Quinoa
Lentils

Make sure you thoroughly cook your legumes as this will help with nutrient absorption which is key in a vegan kitchen!

Nuts & Seeds:
Chia seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Whole almonds
Flaked almonds
Cashew nuts
Pistachios
Peanuts
Desiccated coconut

Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and healthy fats, and you don’t need as many as you’d think!

Baking:
Plain flour
Self-raising flour
Coco powder
Icing sugar
Demerara sugar
Oats
Vanilla extract
Almond extract
Baking soda

Using a bottle of extract is an easy way to add a lot of flavour if you’re short on time!

Spice Cupboard:
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper
Stock cubes
Paprika
Chilli powder
Cinnamon
Cumin
Curry mixes
Five spice
Oregano
Rosemary
Mixed Herbs

Obviously, the spices you choose will depend on your personal taste and recipes, but these are a few populars!

Jars & Bottles:
Agave nectar
Maple syrup
Mustard
Soy sauce
Henderson’s Relish/Worcester sauce
Red wine vinegar
White wine vinegar
Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil
Sesame oil

Sesame oil is amazing for adding extra flavour to stir-frys and tofu dishes.

Spreads & Pastes:
Garlic paste
Tahini
Tomato puree
Peanut Butter
Ketchup
BBQ sauce
Jam
Marmalade

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