Bay Area Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants and Stores
(See section below for suggestions on cooking and eating Vegan/Vegetarian)
Cooking and eating Vegan/Vegetarian
Bay Area Vegan/Vegetarian Field Guide Compiled by Adam Kol
Cereal with non-dairy milk. Almond or soy milk with cereal. Many cereal brands are vegan; just check the label for no milk products or honey. Many flavours of cheerios are vegan.
Toast with avocado; or PB&J; or vegan cream cheese (recommend kite hill; trader joe's; tofutti is decent. Add whatever veggies you like)
Field Roast vegan breakfast sausages.
Smoothies. Choose your recipe. (frozen) bananas, dates, cocoa powder, spinach, etc. Add water/soymilk for desired thickness and/or ice for desired temperature.
Coffee Creamer: Nutpods; soy milk; almond milk
Coffee: Califia Cold Brew (coffee and almond milk and flavor mixed together, directly drinkable like a latte)
Soylent/Coffeist - Full meal replacement
Oatmeal: basic, filling, cheap. Add nuts or berries if you want to feel less like a Scottish abbot.
If you want diet/high protein: Advant-Edge Carb Control shakes are vegan, and available at the Emeryville Target, among other places
Sweet Earth breakfast burritos and sandwiches (buyable at Emeryville Target, Whole Foods, Berkeley Bowl)
Sandwich with Field Roast or Tofurkey deli slices; Just Mayo/Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo; Field Roast Chao Cheese/Violife slices; and any veggies you like.
Salads with any nuts, fruits, and veggies you like. Balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and lemon juice, as well as other vegan dressings available -- check label for no dairy (i.e. buttermilk), eggs, or honey
Frozen meals from Amy's (look for ones without cheese/dairy- they clearly label “Vegan” at the beginning of the ingredients list)
Stir Fry: saute veggies with oil/water, soy sauce/liquid aminos, ginger (powder or grated), garlic, and sriracha (to taste). Can add tofu, seitan, tempeh or any other vegan meat. Serve with rice.
Coconut Curry: plenty of recipes online. You could try the above but add curry powder and coconut milk, and probably a bit lighter on the soy sauce/aminos
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Veggies: same as you always make it, just choose a jarred sauce without dairy to make it vegan. I recommended adding Field Roast sausages (apple sage is really good). Also be generous with the nutritional yeast (see below)!
Mix and match your favorite veggies, legumes, carbs (rice/quinoa/potato), and/or protein-dense food (tofu, seitan, tempeh, packaged stuff). Avocado is always great to add.
Burger: Beyond Burger (most similar to cow burgers); Impossible Burger (at many restaurants); Field Roast Fieldburger; Dr. Praeger’s (veggie burger).
Hot dogs/sausages: field roast, yves, beyond sausages (available soon).
Refried bean tacos: Refried beans out of a can are surprisingly tasty. Fry up some onions, pour over some salsa verde, maybe add a few chopped peppers.
West African Peanut Soup: It is filling, delicious, and takes about 20 minutes to make. I have never served it to anyone who didn't enjoy it. Recipe here.
Vegan Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry's; Haagen Dazs; So Delicious (prefer cashew milk flavors); Rice Dream; and Trader Joe's Brand.
Candy: Oreo's are vegan! So are Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Skittles, and lots of other treats.
Nutritional yeast is a nutty, cheesy topping that tastes good on a lot of things and can also help you make a great macaroni and cheese.
Staples: Earth Balance Vegan Butter; Hummus (basically any brand); vegan mayo (Just Mayo; Hellman's is great, too); Bread -- check labels for milk products/honey. I recommend Dave's Killer Bread and Eureka.
Vegan meats: Beyond products are great (Beyond burgers; beyond chicken, etc.). Field Roast or Tofurkey, as mentioned above. Layonna's Vegetarian Store in Oakland has delicious stuff; they sell to the veg restaurants in the area. For cooking: seitan, tofu, tempeh
Cheeses: Miyoko's; Violife (slices; also blocks for pizza); Follow Your Heart (best for grilled cheese); Vtopian