Sometimes people assume that I eat extremely healthy because I’m vegan. That’s fair… if you don’t know me that well.
I mean, I do all right during the week, but there are also lots of sweet potato fries and Mr. Pibb on the weekend, and cookies pretty much all the time. I only choose sweet potato fries because I think they’re more delicious, not because I think they’re healthier than regular fries. Although, maybe they are? A little.
So, what are some things that I eat all the time and basically cannot imagine living without?
# 1 – Avocados
I didn’t like avocado between the ages of around 12-23, but I am trying to make up for all the lost time, now. Give me some toast, sliced avocado, and a sprinkle of salt.
# 2 – Chickpeas / Black Beans
I’m contributing my share to the canned bean business. I can eat these in anything. Today, I threw together a random salad of chickpeas, cranberries, strawberries, leftover tempeh bacon, and crunchy green stuff.
# 3 – Tacos
Tacos are one of my favorite things in the whole world. There’s my husband and my family, my cats, and then tacos. Tacos with pineapple salsa is a little bit of heaven.
# 4 – Earth Balance
I also get crazy looks when I say I can’t eat butter. Luckily, there’s this thing that is basically the same as any spreadable tub of butter called Earth Balance. Tastes just the same and it is incredible. So, I can still eat toast and make cookie recipes that call for butter.
# 5 – Peanut Butter / Almond Butter
Peanut butter is the ultimate food when you are extremely hungry. When I was traveling and taking some training for work, I would come back after class and my stomach would be growling. All I wanted was chunky peanut butter; it was the weirdest thing. I hadn’t had chunky peanut butter in years, but it satisfied my craving. I could eat it straight out of the jar.
I also love the Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter’s. They make a white chocolate macadamia one that is killer.
# 6 – Back to Nature Classic Creme Cookies
I used to eat Oreos when I found out they were vegan. Then, I changed over to the Trader Joe’s brand – Joe Joe’s, but my newest favorite are Back to Nature creme cookies. These are basically crack to me, so I have a hard time keeping them and not eating them all.
# 7 – Fried Tofu / Tofu in any form
I absolutely love fried tofu, and could basically pop them in my mouth like candy. You can dip them or cook them in any sauce. Yum. I also got some at Moe’s while I was traveling and it was freaking delicious in a burrito.
# 8 – Chips and Guacamole
This could be part of the avocado thing, but I seriously love chips and guacamole. When we go to Chipotle, I look for the saltiest chips. I love them lightly cooked with a ton of salt and dipped in fresh guacamole.
# 9 – Field Roast Sausages in Apple Sage
If you want some vegan sausage, Field Roast makes the best. They are savory and can be cooked up with some potatoes or rice and veggies.
# 10 – Trader Joe’s 3-Minute Rice
I’m super lazy when it comes to rice, and these also taste really good. They are frozen bags of rice that have about two servings each, and you put them in the microwave for 3 minutes, and it’s cooked. I’ve tried the unfrozen microwave bag of rice from another brand before, but that tasted plasticy. This one tastes freshly cooked with only regular rice taste.
# 11 – Luna Bars
I know these are basically candy bars, so I don’t eat them all the time, but if I need a snack to take with me, they are great. My favorite is the Chocolate Cupcake flavor..yumm.
# 12 – Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
I always loved chocolate milk, so I was so excited when I found chocolate almond milk. I usually buy the dark chocolate flavor, and combine it with a little regular milk to make it a little lighter. I’ve tried the regular chocolate flavor, but for some reason I like the dark chocolate better. Also, it’s perfect to dip those chocolate cookies in. Have I mentioned I love chocolate?
Should you not write posts when you are hungry? Because I was thinking about all the foods as I wrote this.
7 thoughts on “My Vegan Staples”
all the things! okay, so i am with you on chickpeas and black beans. like when people tell me about the whole 30 and i see that you can't eat beans i'm like what would i eat? no thanks. i eat beans every day, multiple times a day. i used to be big on avo but lately not so much, not sure why. i'll have to check out those sausages and the TJs rice. i'm lazy too and you're right, the other brands do have a plasticy taste.
This is basically my shopping list 🙂 I didnt know about the vegan sausage though – I'm adding that to my list!!
I love those little containers that make rice so fast in the microwave… I aint got time to boil all that water 😉 haha
Trader Joe's has the tastiest stuff. Their chickenless mandarin orange chicken is the best thing ever. I'm also always tempted to get desserts there because they are so good 🙂
I don't think that it's possible for anybody on this earth to live without tacos! Aren't they their own food group? And anything with chips I can definitely get behind, whether it's avocados or salsa!
Oh man, I have got to try that white chocolate nut butter!!!!!! I love the silk almond milks too!
Those sausages are delicious! I'm not vegan, but we work those into the dinner rotation pretty often because they're just so easy!
If anyone says they can tell the difference between earth balance and butter, they're lying. It's exactly the same! I agree, people think by vegan that I mean healthy, but no. Do you know how many vegan things I can get at taco bell?! Plus rice, pasta, potatoes – all vegan, all terrible for you in large quantities. Carbs are a struggle indeed.