I think chia seeds and flaxseeds are essential in a vegan diet.
I top my breakfast cereals, porridge, and smoothies with both varieties for added nutrition.
I also use chia seeds to make pudding by soaking them in oat milk overnight. The result is a gelatinous base I top with fresh fruit and nuts for a quick and filling breakfast.
Both also work well as egg replacements in a range of baked goods due to their binding nature once soaked.
Bananas are a vegan staple.
Bananas are great for a quick source of energy on hectic days.
Freezing them is especially handy to avoid waste as they ripen quickly. Once frozen, I like to add them to smoothies or make overnight cocoa-banana breakfast oats.
I prioritize consuming lots of vegetables like spinach.
Dark leafy greens like spinach are abundant in essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium and iron. Spinach also has a more neutral taste than other leafy greens, so it can be helpful when cooking for fussier palates.
The bag costs £1.29, about $1.70, for 200 grams, about 7 ounces.
Cavolo nero, similar to kale, is a type of cabbage originating from Tuscany, Italy.
I paid just 99 pence, just under $1.50, for a 200-gram bag, about 7 ounces.
I prefer whole-grain bread so I feel full longer and maintain steady energy levels.
Lidl’s sourdough is economical at £1.59, about $2, for a loaf.
I slice and store it in the freezer and then pop it in the toaster for deliciously crunchy toast whenever I feel like it. As a single shopper who likes variety in my meals, I would otherwise struggle to get through an entire loaf before it goes stale.
I do the same for the rye bread which is equally satisfying toasted with some nut butter and jam.
Dark-chocolate yogurt pairs well with bananas or granola.
One of my favorites is the dark-chocolate dessert, perfect for quenching the most insatiable sweet tooth.
It’s not overly sweet and is ideal for a midday pick-me-up snack when topped with some banana or granola. It’s also tasty on its own as a post-dinner dessert.
As soon as Lidl began stocking Minor Figures oat milk, it quickly became my cupboard essential.
Minor Figures, an independent 100% plant-based oat milk and brewery company, is cheaper than well-known brands like Oatly at just £1.39, just under $2, for a carton.
Of all the plant-based kinds of milk, I’ve found oat to work best in mimicking the full-bodied nature of dairy. It’s great for general milk uses and for hot beverages like teas, frothy lattes, and smoothies.
Lidl’s tinned cherry tomatoes are a recent tasty and budget-friendly discovery.
Tinned tomatoes are a must-have in the kitchen because they can save you time and money.
At 69 pence, just under $1, a can, they’re really unbeatable — all without sacrificing taste. They work well in any tomato-based sauces like marinara or bolognese. They even work well in peanut stew.
Compared to plum tomatoes, cherry ones add a subtle sweetness and balance a sauce’s acidity without needing to add sugar.
Potatoes are an all-star vegetable with endless possibilities.
You can mash, bake, roast, sauté, steam, and fry potatoes. I always make sure to have a bag in my cupboard, especially at only £1.15, about $1.50, for 2.5 kilograms, or about 5 1/2 pounds.
I like the Maris Piper variety for roasting, as its starchiness results in a fluffy potato with perfectly crisp skin.
Potatoes also have a neutral flavor making them a pleasant addition to stews, curries, and quick midweek side dishes.
Legumes and beans are a great source of protein on a plant-based diet.
Lidl stocks a solid range of affordable canned goods, including chickpeas and butter beans
The tinned versions come premade which is convenient when making vegetable chili or a butter-bean dip.
My current obsession is a chickpea scramble, a super fast and straightforward meal made by using mashed legumes as an alternative to eggs.
As a single shopper, I am a big fan of Lidl’s range of microwaveable whole grains.
Each pack includes a mix of quinoa, brown, red, and wild rice, and contains two servings at 49 pence, which is under $1.
Since they are microwaveable, they make for a quick and convenient side dish to stews and curries. They’re also a tasty salad topping.
I particularly enjoy the red-and-wild-rice mix, which adds a nutty element to a hearty mushroom-and-coconut-milk soup.