If you are aiming to introduce more meatless options into your meals, dried plant proteins are always a useful addition to your pantry. Although there are many sources of protein to be found in foods such as leafy greens, fresh peas, beans, and tofu, dried sources can be stored for longer and used in many different ways. Having dried peas, chickpeas, beans, and other plant proteins on hand will make it easier to plan and cook tasty meals, for a balanced plant-based diet. Keep reading to get a list of go-to pantry essentials for meat-free cooking.
Some of the most nutritious and versatile plant proteins you can include in your pantry include the following:
Soy mince and chunks can be enjoyed by vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Soy offers a way to bulk up stews and curries, adding plenty of texture to a variety of savoury dishes. It is a good source of protein and an affordable alternative to beef and other meat, with an excellent shelf-life. As soy absorbs flavour, you will end up with delicious, rich curries and stews that the whole family will enjoy.
Chickpeas are equally versatile, offering lots of protein and storing well. Dried chickpeas can be soaked and cooked in a variety of dishes, from salads to Mediterranean dishes, curries, rotis, stews, and oven roasts. They can be used alongside meat and chicken, too. They also make tasty snacks, including hummus, falafel and roasted chickpeas.
You can never go wrong with a variety of beans in your pantry. There are many types of beans, all offering a great source of protein and plenty of versatility. Some of the best beans to have on hand include broad beans, Cape beans, chrome beans, and tiny white beans. Use beans in soaps, curries, stews, and many other savoury dishes to add texture, flavour, fibre, and protein.
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