donna summer
www.ohsheglows.com is my favorite vegan site. i'd also suggest stocking up on spices (if you google the blog "Budget Bytes" she has a post all about stocking a beginner's kitchen on the cheap, it's a great place to start). In my experience, vegan food, by default, tends to be more bland than meatier dishes, so seasoning is CRUCIAL. When I first started cooking veg/vegan recipes, I underseasoned and my food was bland as fuck and nasty.