Vegan Supermarket Essentials

Don’t feel that you need to rush out and buy all of these vegan supermarket essentials right away. Simply use this as a guide to grow your Veganuary pantry.  You’ll find all the inspiration you need for cooking with these ingredients within our Recipe section. Happy cooking!

DAIRY REPLACEMENTS

Dairy-Free Buttery Spreads:

  • Miyoko’s European Style Cultured Vegan Butter
  • Earth Balance
  • WayFare Whipped
  • Melt Organic
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter vegan spread
Earth Balance Vegan Spread - these are all vegan supermarket essentials
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Dairy-Free Cheese:

Cheese is notoriously one of the hardest animal-based products to recreate, but these brands are offering amazing dairy-free alternatives to mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar and more:

  • Follow Your Heart
  • Violife
  • Miyoko’s
  • Daiya
  • Kite Hill
  • Tofutti
  • Field Roast Chao
Kite Hill Vegan Cream Cheese - vegan cheese is another essential item
Image Credit: Kite Hill

Plant Milks:

There are so many varieties of non-dairy milk to choose from, including soy, rice, almond, oat, hemp, coconut and more. Here’s around-up of our favorite brands of plant milk:

  • Califia Farms
  • Forager Project
  • New Barn Organics
  • Oatly
  • Silk
  • So Delicious
  • Ripple
So Delicious Coconut Milk, one of our key vegan supermarket essentials
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Yogurts:

Whether you’re looking for a Greek yogurt alternative for your breakfast or a fruity flavored treat, these brands should have you covered. The bases of the yogurt vary with each brand, but soy and coconut are common alternatives in plant-based yogurt:

  • So Delicious
  • Silk
  • Kite Hill
  • Forager Project
  • CO YO
  • Daiya
  • Nancy’s
Coyo coconut yoghurt
Image Credit: Coyo

Mayonnaise:

  • Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
  • Hellman’s Vegan Mayo
  • Just Mayo
Jar of vegan Helmann's mayo, a vegan cupboard staple
Image Credit: Hellmann’s

Dairy-Free Chocolate, Ice Cream & Desserts:

  • Nada Moo
  • Luna and Larry’s
  • So Delicious
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Magnum
Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream flavours
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PROTEIN

Protein is a hot topic when it comes to going vegan, but there’s no need to worry. There’s so much choice when it comes to vegan sources of protein, whether you like wholefoods plant-based forms of protein or meat-alternative products.

Meat-Replacements:

Here’s a quick summary of the meat-replacement brands available, which typically use seitan or soy as their base:

  • Tofurky
  • Quorn (not all Quorn products are vegan – please check the label)
  • Meatless Farm Co.
  • Gardein
  • Field Roast
  • Beyond Meat
  • Morningstar Farms  (not all Morningstar Farms products are vegan – please check the label)
Beyond Meat burgers
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Plant-Based Proteins:

  • Tofu: Extra firm for cooking or silken for sauces and desserts.
  • Beans, Chickpeas & Lentils: dried or canned beans such as kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans. Lentils are a wonderful ‘meat’ substitute in Bolognese, Shepherd’s Pie and Lasagna.
  • Seeds: Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax etc.
  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazils and pine nuts
  • Nut butters: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, hazelnut butter etc.
  • Tempeh: Similar to tofu in that it is made from fermented soy beans, but less popular in Western countries. It’s firmer than tofu with a stronger flavor
  • Quinoa: a grain that’s also a great source of protein
  • Protein powders
  • Seitan
Tofu curry
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GRAINS & CARBS

Grains such as rice, oats and couscous are a great addition to your meal. Most pasta and breads are also vegan, but just keep an eye out on the ingredients list for eggs or milk if you’re unsure.

COOKING & BAKING

Use these simple replacements to help you switch-out the animal products in your cupboard:

  • Agar agar: Vegan substitute for gelatin, available from Eden
  • Nutritional yeast: A lovely cheesy flavor and great for vitamin B12, available from Bob’s Red Mill
  • Vegetable stock: (cubes or powder) Low sodium options are also available.
  • Vegetable bouillon.
  • Miso
  • Oils: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is great for cooking, but there’s a range of vegetable oils at your disposal, including grapeseed and sunflower.
  • Egg Replacements: flax seeds or chia seeds (one chia ‘egg’ equals 1 tablespoon of seed to 2 tablespoons of water), also available from Follow Your Heart and Just Egg
  • Coconut oil: Good for replacing butter.
  • Honey Replacements: Agave nectar, maple syrup or date syrup.
  • Blackstrap Molasses: Fantastic source of iron.
Unidentified person pouring olive oil into a glass dish - oil is another vegan supermarket essential
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FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Don’t forget to fill your diet with nutritious fruits and veg – eat the rainbow! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Kale: A vegan superfood! (along with other cruciferous vegetables) An excellent source of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Bell peppers: Great raw dipped in hummus or in a stir fry.
  • Sweet potato: A fantastic source of vitamin A.
  • Mushrooms: Get your B vitamins here!
  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
  • Avocados: A great source of healthy fats!
An array of fruit and vegetables. A healthy vegan diet can tackle obesity and support weight loss.
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READY MEALS

Although the healthiest options usually involve cooking for yourself, sometimes we need a quick meal on a busy day! These brands offer healthy or indulgent convenient meals that can be ready in minutes:

  • Supermarket own label, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s
  • Upton’s Naturals
  • Amy’s Kitchen
  • Daiya
  • Gardein
  • Sweet Earth
  • Kashi
  • Tasty Bite
Upton's Naturals Seitan
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SNACKS & DRINKS

  • Beanfields chips
  • Lundberg rice cakes
  • Hippeas
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dark chocolate
Hippeas organic chickpea puffs
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