Vegetarian Staples: How to Transition to a More Sustainable Diet

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Making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Many plant-based foods are both nutritious and delicious. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best vegetarian staples to help you make the transition to a more sustainable diet easier.

What are vegetarian staples?

Vegetarian staples are ingredients that are useful in making many dishes. Having these ingredients on hand can make it easier to make a wide array of dishes, even when you are low on food generally. Ideally, these items can last at least six months, meaning they have a longer shelf life.

Top Vegetarian Staples

  1. Oatmeal. Can be made into a sweet or savory meal. A good source of fiber and a decent protein source, especially when combined with nuts and chia seeds.
  2. Rice. Brown rice is slightly more nutrient-dense, but any rice is useful to have on hand.
  3. Beans. A great place to start when transitioning to a vegetarian diet. They are both filling and packed with nutrients.
  4. Lentils. Great for soup, salads, and curry.
  5. Nuts and seeds. A good source of healthy fats, protein, and minerals.
  6. Chia seeds. A superfood that is high in fiber and antioxidants. Also a great source of added protein.
  7. Frozen vegetables. Great to have on hand for a quick stir fry, soup, or quicky side dish.

Seasoning staples

  1. Braggs Liquid Aminos. Not quite as salty as soy sauce, these amino acids may help boost your mood and not feel as fatigued.
  2. Nutmeg. Elevates both sweet and savory dishes.
  3. Cinnamon sticks. Nothing better than fresh graded cinnamon!
  4. Cumin. Popular in many parts of the world, a versatile flavoring for more savory dishes.
  5. Smoked paprika. A smoked seasoning that can give depth of flavor to many dishes.
  6. Turmeric. An anti-inflammatory spice that can be used in curries, stews, and more.
  7. Chili powder. Great if you a looking to add some heat to your dishes!

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