Wanna go vegan? Not sure what food to stock up on?
Rae to the rescue!
Side note- I’m a day late! I know, I’m Sorry!!
You can buy all of the following items in your local supermarkets & fruit and veg markets. Finding great bargains from different supermarkets takes a little practice, but in no time at all you will know where is best for you to shop.
Fresh / Fridge
For dinners/ Salads/ juices/ smoothies – tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, sweet potatoes, parsnips, bell peppers, spring onions, carrots, white potatoes, spinach, pineapple, oranges, apples, watermelon, bananas, onions, cauliflower, courgette, aubergine, corn (fresh) fresh herbs like parsley, coriander, basil etc.
Tofu – Cauldron is available in most supermarkets and will cost around £1.50 for 500g, but if you have access to an oriental supermarket that stocks tofu always compare the prices as they can be MUCH cheaper! Firm tofu is best for baking/frying as a mock meat, silken tofu can be blended into desserts or made into ice cream!
Plant Milk – We all know the list of plant milk is endless, so I’m not going to blab on about all the different ones. But these are ones I recommend you buying! Alpro is usually on offer in any supermarket for £1 a carton. My top flavours are, coconut/coconut & almond / hazelnut/ soya / almond
…oh and Oatly do a chocolate oat milk that tastes like liquid gold… no joke.
Gary (Vegan Cheese) – Violife is available in most supermarkets, in soft and hard form. If you like cheese that’s isn’t very strong and are just looking for a sandwich filler, this might be perfect for you. Tesco’s own range of free from cheeses are.. very strong to say the least, they are also made of soya and this gives them a rather funny taste. However, their soft cheese is to die for! and if you are a big fan of Philadelphia you will adore Tesco’s own free from version. All of these vegan cheeses come in at around £2.20 for 200-300g
…. ooooh and I forgot to mention Sainsbury’s new range of vegan cheese! I believe it is only available in larger supermarkets right now and although I am yet to try it myself I have heard great things!!
Mock Meats – Own brand ones are usually pretty good, Tesco, Morrison’s & Asda all do their own range of vegan mock meats. But double check the ingredients for milk and eggs!!
Fry’s Family Foods– available in Morrisons, Holland & Barrett or online via Ocado. They are my personal favorite brand of vegan mock meats however they can be pricey but Ocado usually have them on offer at half price.
Linda Mc Cartney – Even meat eaters LOVE the LMC range! But be aware that not everything they make is vegan, so be sure to check the box for the “suitable for vegans” label
Frozen Veg – frozen spinach, soya beans, mixed vegetables are great to have on hand if your’e a sucker for wasting fresh veggies and they work out a lot cheaper than the fresh stuff!
Dried herbs/spices – get yourself a wide variety!!
Grains – Brown Rice, Oats, Chia seeds, Cous Cous, Lentils
Pasta – Brown Pasta, egg free gnocchi (Morrisons is the cheapest at around 80p for 500g) egg free lasange sheets
Sauces – Passata (great for making pasta sauces and very cheap) Tesco free from salad cream, egg free mayo from Holland & Barrett, Mayola a vegan mayo brand can be found in Tesco and some other supermarkets.
Nutritional Yeast – Otherwise known as “Nooch” this stuff packs a punch of Vitamin B12 (a vitamin you cannot get from most plant foods) into your diet, it looks like fish food but tastes like heaven! I sprinkle it on just about anything and everything for a delicious nutty cheesy flavour! The best place to get this is Wholefoods, they sell a big tub for about £2.79, but you can also bulk buy it from Amazon.
What to look out for!
Being vegan means scanning the back of packets for non vegan items listed in the ingredients. Basic things to look for are MILK, EGGS, & CRUSTACEANS Luckily in the UK companies by law must label any of the above in bold and capitals, so it’s easy to spot, but still double check all ingredients just in case it is not in bold or caps! Make sure you also look out for Beeswax or E901 and honey, these will NOT be stated in bold or caps as they are not considered an allergen by the FSA
l-cysteine hydrochloride I have only ever found it in tortilla wraps and some other types of bread, it is usually derived from animal hair/feathers. But you could always contact your local supermarket and ask if their l-cysteine hydrochloride is vegan or not..
Here is a helpful table listing all E numbers that are not vegan http://www.veganeasy.org/Food-Additives
I don’t want to overwhelm you, so maybe for now just stick to looking for the basic milk, eggs, fish and honey. I have been vegan for almost 1 year and at first thinking about having to look through ingredients for E numbers and other things made me scared of being vegan all together! But don’t feel like you have to commit 100% to everything all at once.
Take your time, cut animal products bit by bit and go with a pace you are comfortable with. That is how you stick to being vegan long term.
I hope you found this post helpful! let me know in the comments if you can think of anything else to add to this list!
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