• Fresh fruits and vegetables: Don't be afraid to try new ones.• Soy, rice, or nut milk: Both are great for sauces and salad dressings.• Coconut milk and coconut cream: The higher fat content is great for sorbets, ice creams, and baking. • Soy sauce and tamari: These are great as a basic sauce ingredient.• Vegetarian stock: There is a wide variety of faux-chicken stocks and vegetable stocks available.
• Nonhydrogenated margarine: Good brands to look for are Earth Balance and Soy Garden.• High-quality oils: extra-virgin olive oil, safflower oil, canola oil, and coconut oil • Nondairy sour cream: try Tofutti brand• Maple syrup: an alternative to sugar for baking and for sauces• Agave or brown rice syrup: can be used in place of honey in recipes• Florida Crystals: unprocessed vegan sugar that can be used instead of refined sugar in any recipe • Nutritional yeast: has a rich, nutty flavor and makes delicious cheesy sauces; can also be used in breading, dressings, and soups as well as on pasta• Agar-agar: creates delicious vegan Jell-O, pudding, and jelly• Arrowroot and/or cornstarch: great as a thickening agent in soups, stews, and sauces. • Canned tomato sauce: always useful in preparing last-minute meal • Staples: beans, rice, frozen veggies, and garlic• Soy mayonnaise: Use in place of traditional mayonnaise in pasta and potato salads, sandwich spreads, and sauces; try Nayonaise or Vegenaise brands.• A blender• A food processor • A chef's knife: It has a rigid blade with a slight curve that facilitates the rocking motion most chefs use in chopping and is perfect for slicing, dicing, and chopping.• Good cookbooks: Check out the fabulous selection of vegan cookbooks at PETACatalog.com.
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