What foods are always in your shopping cart/ fridge/ pantry?

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Postby emm7 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:47 pm

did anyone mention plain soya yoghurt? Gorgeous!
Also very dark chocolate, 75% or above, 85% is gorgeous, 99% only to be eaten in conjunction with a proper cup of very strong freshly ground black coffee.
I guess the chocolate is a luxury item rather than a basic item. But from my point of view ... it's a necessity!
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Postby koopa troopa » Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:03 pm

Margarine? What's the point? It's nutrionally worse than organic butter:

WHFoods - What are the pros and cons of butter vs margarine?

From a whole foods perspective, butter is much closer to being a whole food than margarine, more closely tied to the earth's ecology, and much less arbitrarily composed from a nutritional standpoint.


The best oil to cook with IMHO is Avocado oil, it has the highest smoke point (520°F), the downside is that it's expensive.

For those in the UK, an alternative to Soy milk is Oatly, you can get it at Tesco and Sainsburys. There's also Rice milk but it usually has a lot of added ingredients.
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Postby JP » Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:36 pm

hey folks, please dont turn this thread into some health fanatic thread which makes veganism sound impossible and marginal.

NUMBER 1: No animal abuse products.

What you choose to do after that rule is your business.
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Postby emm7 » Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:48 pm

well said JP.

Vegan margarine is great on toast and bread rolls and for use in baking cakes and flapjacks and on vegan scones with Jam etc. etc. etc.

In fact just had some margarine on bread rolls with soup today.

Margarine = fat = carries flavours, helps you to feel full for longer and also needed by the body for fat soluble vitamin absorption = eat, taste, enjoy :wink:

I would say Margarine was a kitchen essential and worthy of inclusion in this thread.
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Postby Man On Bike. » Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:58 pm

koopa troopa wrote:Margarine? What's the point? It's nutrionally worse than organic butter:

WHFoods - What are the pros and cons of butter vs margarine?

From a whole foods perspective, butter is much closer to being a whole food than margarine, more closely tied to the earth's ecology, and much less arbitrarily composed from a nutritional standpoint.



:roll: You do realise that butter is made from milk, which comes from cows, therefore it isn't vegan? So your argument is irrelevant, really, isn't it.
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Postby vegboy » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:17 pm

emm7 wrote:
Vegan margarine is great on toast and bread rolls and for use in baking cakes and flapjacks and on vegan scones with Jam etc. etc. etc.

In fact just had some margarine on bread rolls with soup today.

Margarine = fat = carries flavours, helps you to feel full for longer and also needed by the body for fat soluble vitamin absorption = eat, taste, enjoy :wink:

I would say Margarine was a kitchen essential and worthy of inclusion in this thread.


I don't think it has been mentioned yet, but coconut oil/butter is amazing on toast! I use it sparingly these days, as it has copious amounts of saturated fat...but if you are looking for an alternative to cow's butter than this is about as close as you can get in the natural vegan world.
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Postby alessioisonfire » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:33 am

why worse than organic butter? these days, and especially vegan stuff, they are made with no genetically modified ingredients..

plus like somebody already said, you can't compare the two since butter isn't vegan..
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Postby xbojanx » Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:56 am

+ butter smells awful :?

did we already mention gomasio? a must.
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Would you add Almond Milk to the list?

Postby Razvan » Sun Oct 12, 2008 4:11 pm

I noticed Almond Milk was not on the list.
I've read quite a lot that says that Almond Milk is the most healthy non-dairy choice.

It contains calcium naturally and I think that non-sweetened plain is the best tasting ever!

Also, I have read much controversy over the safety of drinking soy milk.

Almond Milk
Rice Milk (pretty good)

This is a great list! I am now looking up Seitan, because I don't know what that is!!! And that is very exciting to me! I love to learn about new things!
Thanx!
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Postby the crazyest vegan » Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:26 pm

sunflower spread is awesome in a lot of way's!
baked bean's as well are brill!
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Postby Razvan » Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:24 pm

the crazyest vegan wrote:sunflower spread is awesome in a lot of way's!
baked bean's as well are brill!


Oooo I haven't tried sunflower butter yet, but now I want to!!
I dearly love raw almond butter though... Mmmm such nice flavor.
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Postby Pro Radii » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:49 pm

I don't know if these have already been listed, but:

-hemp milk
-toasted sesame oil
-raw carob

Hemp milk is great in smoothies; toasted sesame oil is great at imparting a bit of flavour and all you need is a few drops, and raw carob is addicting! I always use it in my raw desserts, as I don't eat cocoa/chocolate.
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Postby Long » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:04 am

Here's a nice website. Not all food on that list is vegan but most of it. You can just ignore the non-vegan stuff: http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php
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I'd love to know....

Postby OneLonelySock » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:27 pm

Other than the milk style drinks (rice/almond/soya/oat) and the vege spread/butter are there any substitute dairy products which you keep in the kitchen actually use before it turns slightly green and sprouts life?

Or are they all non-essential, slightly strange textured, bin-bag fillers?

Cheers all :)
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honey isnt vegan?!?

Postby MrHollick » Mon May 25, 2009 1:34 am

xbojanx wrote:Here honey is praised in enormous amounts
You can buy milk with honey, juices with honey, even Corn flakes are coated with honey...and I never liked honey...
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And as far as I remember, Marmite was extremely salty and strong taste...never tried other of that kind.


Although Im new to being a vegan I was under the impression the Honey isnt considered vegan?
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