Pasta - My favorite shape of pasta is penne. I love pasta with homemade marinara sauce.
Potatoes - Potatoes are one of favorite vegetables and you can use them to make lots of different meals - mashed, fried, baked, hash browns, potato pancakes, soups, etc.
Avocado - Avocados have a nice texture. I use them in tacos, guacamole and pasta. I've even made avocado pudding before.
Daiya cheese - Daiya is my favorite cheese subsitute. I use it on pizza and or in my tacos.
Black beans - Black beans are proably my favorite type of bean. I use them in soup or for tacos.
Earth Balance - Earth Balance is a version of vegan butter. It's the best imitation butter I've found and is great to use in cooking or on toast.
Soymilk - Soymilk is another substitute that I use in lots of recipes when cooking or baking.
Olive Oil - Olive oil is my favorite oil to cook with.
Onions - Onions make lots of recipes have more flavor. I also love french onion soup.
Garlic - I also love garlic. One meal I really love is garlic pasta with lots of fresh garlic.
Tomato paste - I use tomato paste in sauces for pasta or pizza. I prefer it over store bought tomato sauces. I add water and my own spices and herbs.
Bananas - I love bananas as a fruit. They can also be used as substiute for eggs in desserts and to make vegan ice cream.
Flour - Flour is great for making your own dough for things like pizza and tortillas. You can also use flour to make desserts like cupcakes.
Sugar - You need sugar to make desserts. I try to buy organic sugar since regular sugar isn't vegan. My favorite desserts to make are cupcakes and homemade fudge.
Chocolate Squares - I am a chocoholic so I love plain baking chocolate squares. I buy the unsweetened kind and add sugar.
Vanilla - Vanilla is always used in baking. I also love the smell of it to use in homemade beauty products and bath stuff.
Tumeric - Tumeric is one of my favorite spices. I use it for Indian dishes like aloo gobi and to put in other meals like soups or pizza.
Basil - Basil is another herb I like. Fresh basil is great for pasta or pizza.
Cinnamon - Cinnamon is another spice I love. It's not really sweet, but can be used in desserts. I love cinnamon sugar on toast.
Tea - My favorite kind of tea is peppermint. It makes me so relaxed.
What are your cooking essentials? Post yours in the comments.