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Top 5 Must-Have Pantry Items for a Plant-Based Diet

Whether you’re newly transitioning to a plant-based diet or you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ll notice over time that there are some certain ingredients or recipe components that will help to have on hand all the time. This is especially evident when you start exploring the recipes on KevCooksPlants, as you’ll notice I do my best to keep things simple and reduce the number of ingredients you’ll buy for one recipe and never use again. I can’t stand that!

So here’s a list I put together to help guide all you plant-based diet home chefs and help you shorten your dinner prep time by having these pantry or fridge staples on-hand. I’d love to hear what your top items are, so let me know in the comments, and let’s share ideas!

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Why Does Everything on the WFPB Diet Taste The Same? F— This, I’m Quitting!

This is a question I hear a lot from people who are new to the whole food, plant-based (WFPB) diet. To be honest, I encountered the same thing — many recipes seem to have similar ingredients or similar spices. If you’re finding that to be true, then it may just be that your plant-based recipe collection is in need of improvement.

Like I mentioned, I went through the same thing when I transitioned to plant-based. And when I hear other people having the same complaint, I find that they’re probably stuck at number four in what I call the “plant-based conversion process.”

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Better-For-You Vegan Bibimbap

The first time I ever had Korean food I was on my way to the Phillippines on a business trip. I was on a flight from San Francisco to South Korea, and the flight attendant handed me a dinner menu. One side of the menu was American food and the other side was Korean (in English, thankfully). I saw something called Bibimbap on the menu and it sounded intriguing, so I thought, “why not?”

What was put in front of me was the best food I ever ate on an airplane. I’m sure as far as bibimbap goes, it sucked (I mean, it was on an airplane after all). But after that, I was obsessed. The sweet and savory flavors together with the spice of the gochujang paste mixed in… I was hooked.

But then we went plant-based and bibimbap was out of my life. Until now. While this doesn’t use a traditional bibimbap marinade (that would contain sesame oil), a good oil-free teriyaki glaze will do the trick.

Change out the veggies for anything you prefer. This is a versatile dish.

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