Plant-Based Home Cooking Essentials
Our vision is simple: in the right hands, healthy foods can both taste better and make us feel better than their unhealthy counterparts. We believe that delicious, nourishing food can and should be enjoyed by everyone. And it all starts in the kitchen. Whether you consider yourself a novice or a home chef, cooking at home is always more enjoyable with the right supplies on hand. Here's the rundown on what our Plantable chefs like to keep in the kitchen.
1. Nutritional Yeast
Not only is nutritional yeast a great B-vitamin supplement for plant-based diets, it’s also super tasty! Try sprinkling some on your lunch or adding it to recipes for rich, umami flavor.
Cashew cream is the perfect substitute for cream or milk in any recipe. It’s so easy to make: just blend equal parts cashews (soaked overnight) and water until silky-smooth. To save time, make a big batch and freeze what is not immediately needed.
Cauliflower is such a versatile ingredient. It tastes great on its own - just roasted or sautéed, but it can also make a perfect, low calorie base for sauces and soups. Try it for your next creamy soup by boiling the cauliflower until super soft and then blending until smooth adding water (or cashew cream!) as needed.
4. White Lentils
Lentils are super nutritious - they are high in minerals, protein and fiber. They are easy to cook with and can be easily swapped in as a grain replacement. At Plantable, we often substitute white lentils in place of grains in our lunch bowls and dinner risottos.
Tahini sauce is something we enjoy over grain bowls, salads, roasted mushrooms, tacos, scrambled tofu (the list could go on and on!). It’s super easy to whip up and can be as little as four ingredients: tahini, water, lemon juice and salt. Tahini is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient.
Flax is a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids which makes it helpful in combating heart disease. It is also a rich source of fiber. We love to sprinkle it over morning oats or toss it into homemade granola. Ground flax mixed with water (1:2 ratio), makes it a great egg substitute for vegan baking.
Hungry yet? Check out some of our recipes for more cooking inspiration!