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5 Must Have Pantry Items for Your Plant Based Diet

If you’re seriously considering incorporating a more plant-based approach into your daily diet, and you’re not 100% sure where to start, you’re not alone!

In fact, one of the main concerns listed by people considering a shift away from animal products is that plant-based eating seems to take a lot more planning than a more meat-centred lifestyle.

At Rooted, one of our main aims is to make plant-based living a lot more do-able for everyone, including for people who are simply keen to make a healthy change to their lives.

Below is a brief but helpful list of pantry items for any plant-based meal. Compiled by our Head of Product Development, having these items on hand makes sustaining a plant-based diet that much easier.

Vegan Mayo

Finding a good vegan mayo can often be the difference between an average meal and elevating it to the next level, with minimal effort!

Dried or Tinned Legumes

We’re talking, beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Tinned versions are always easier to prepare immediately, as the dried versions usually require some soaking; either way, legumes are filling and provide loads of protein, and with a little practice, they can be extremely tasty.

Seeds and Nuts

Seeds and nuts are full of healthy fats, protein and fibre. They work in stir fries, as salad toppings, in breakfasts and smoothies, or as a healthy snack when you’re feeling peckish.

Canned Tomatoes

Tomatoes make a fantastic base for a variety of sauces, and tinned tomatoes go a long way towards taking the effort out of making sauces. Add some garlic, dried or fresh herbs and sauteed onions, and you’re on a roll.

Dried Egg-Free Pasta

Some of the tastiest and easiest meals are pasta-based. It takes very little time to boil some pasta to its ideal el dente texture – pair it with one of your tomato-based sauces mentioned above, and you have a wholesome, delicious meal.

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