Kitchen Essentials: Food

I used to be the kinda person who could happily pop to the shop every night and decide what I am eating there and then! But since I became a High Carb Low Fat Vegan, you really get to know what your “must have” staples are.

I always have the following foods and I make sure I have lots of them! The first shop when you stock up on all of the items will be more expensive, but once you have everything its just a matter of topping up!

TOP TIP: keep an eye out for when your favourite tins are on offer and stock right up! (Recently I bought 12 tins of Chopped Tomatoes because my favourite brand were on offer!)

Beans and Legumes


I always make sure I have around 3 cans of each.

  • Black Beans
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Red Kidney Beans



Keep around 3 bags of each, for two people you can use up to a whole bag in a sitting!

  • Brown Rice
  • Bulgur Wheat
  • Cous Cous
  • Polenta
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt Spaghetti
  • Whole wheat Pasta

Herbs and Spices


Super important for adding flavour to every dish!

  • Black Pepper Corns
  • Chilli Powder
  • Ground Coriander
  • Ground Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Oregano
  • Paprika


  • Chopped Tomatoes – I love Napolina as they are really rich and are full of flavour which is great when your making a simple dish.
  • Chipotle Paste
  • Fresh Chilli
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tinned Sweetcorn

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