Vegan food is lit! And most vegans have what they consider to be vegan staples in their lives—but what about those foods from back in the day when you first went cruelty-free that had you pleasantly surprised and shook? Are you still rocking with those?
Well, we’ve got a list of goodies that made going vegan a no-brainer for many, and one of your faves may very well be below.
1. Beyond Burger
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More than just a burger, and truly “beyond meat,” this plant-based protein patty does a great job of mimicking the texture of burgers derived from animals, while delivering on taste—meaning that daily cheeseburgers and fries can be a real thing. Think about it.
2. Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
Gardein makes bomb.com vegan meats, and its tenders are no exception. Crunchy and flavorful, these bad boys right here are EVERYTHING you could want when it comes to vegan fried chicken.
3. Daiya Shreds
We get it—cheese is life. But these vegan shreds are magical, because they’re the perfect substitute for that other stuff made out of pus and milk stolen from calves.
4. Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon
So if bacon was your thang, you probably found the Sweet Earth brand and fell in love—we know we did.
5. Tofurky Deli Slices
Munching on sandwiches (besides your average PB&J) doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. Tofurky Deli Slices are here for us and make quick meals easy.
6. Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles
What could go wrong with these crumbles on deck? In fact, they can be transformed and used in so many dishes that they make being vegan that much easier and more fun.
7. Chipotle Sofritas
Let’s take a sec to appreciate the vegan protein available at Chipotle that is Sofritas. Yes, you can walk into one of these restaurants right now and continue to experience the food that you know and love—but with a vegan twist.
8. Taco Bell
“Outside the bun” is where it’s at when you’re looking for vegan fast-food to munch on. The chain gladly welcomes you and your money, so choose from its extensive vegetarian/vegan menu—it makes eating out so much simpler.
9. Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy
OK, so have you tried B&J’s vegan flavors yet? If not, you are seriously missing out. They taste just like dairy ice cream and are even available in some of the same flavors that you know and love, such as Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia. Hit up your local Walmart, and be prepared to be satisfied.
One of the most spot-on vegan items ever, it’s made by Follow Your Heart. This right here is legit a vegan staple: creamy mayo made without eggs (aka “hen periods”). What more could you want in an excellent condiment?
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Hummus always comes through in the clutch. If you need a quick snack or even a sandwich spread, hummus is where it’s at. Plus, this simple protein-packed go-to can be paired with, like … EVERYTHING!
12. Gardein Fishless Filets
Gardein, we see you coming through with the vegan goodies! (Yes, this brand is on our list again.) With these fishless fillets, fried fish is still an option—and a delicious one at that. Check out this recipe for our version of the Filet-O-Fish.
13. Earth Balance Buttery Spread
Earth Balance, thank you for blessing the vegan community with this fantastic spread. All the vegan pancakes and toast of the world totes appreciate it. And making the leap from dairy butter to this golden stuff is one of the simplest switch-ups EVER, because it tastes just like the real thing! You butter believe it. (wink emoji)
So now that you’re familiar with our faves, share this list on social media, along with a plug about your favorite vegan food that makes it easy for you to keep cruelty off your plate!