It may seem basic, but knowing how to stock your plant-based pantry with essentials is an important step to staying on a plant-based diet. Keeping a well-stock pantry leads to better meal planning and saves you time and effort, as well.
You might find like I have, that eating pretty much the same thing over and over makes eating the right things easier. I'm not bored by the repeats and sometimes the principle of KISS (Keep It Simple Silly) just really works! A well-stocked plant-based pantry allows you to do this.
This doesn’t mean that you eat the EXACT same thing, but use your staples to mix it up every week. For example, your pasta staple which you always have on hand can be topped with marinara, basil pesto, roasted veggies, or a creamy plant-based vegan alfredo sauce as can all whole grains such as quinoa, brown or black rice, or farro which are also in your pantry.
Be sure to check out my article, "49 Recipes to Make from Canned and Packaged Whole Foods."'
And if you're searching for unusual ingredients in the market and can't find them you might want to check out my Shop where I've made it easier for you to purchase.
So the point is that even with the basic staples being used each week, you can mix up the recipes you use them in.
STOCK YOUR PLANT-BASED PANTRY & FRIDGE
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Stocking Your Pantry and Fridge.
You're going to want to stock your kitchen only with whole food plant-based items.
If you like to plan meals for the week, then go by what you need from the meals you'll make. Or, if you like to wing it, then choose from the list below so you'll have plenty to choose from when meal time rolls around.
- Brown, black or wild rice
- Whole grain crackers (purchase the Plant-Strong Engine 2 Brand * for no oil)
- Whole grain bread: Food for Life, Alvarado Street Bakery, Trader Joe's Sprouted Wheat for example
- Whole grain flour for baking
- Whole grain cereal: low sugar preferred, oats (old-fashioned or steel-cut), quinoa, muesli, granola
- Beans for making from scratch on the stove or in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot
CANNED or BOXED ITEMS:
- Beans & Legumes: including lentils and all beans such as kidney, black, pinto, chickpea, aduki, navy, cannellini, and fat-free refried *.
- Tomatoes: paste, dice, whole, fire roasted, stewed
- Pasta sauce (fat-free * if possible)
- Potatoes: Russet, Yukon Gold, Sweet, Blue and more
- And, many more
- Fruit: all kinds of fresh fruit and be sure to include berries (frozen is fine).
No sugar or additive brands: Trader Joe’s brand soymilk, Malk brand almond, Three Trees, and Westsoy brand soymilk.
- Nutritional yeast
- Vital wheat gluten
- Refrigerated tofu or Silk brand tofu
- Tamari (like soy sauce)
- Vegan Worcestershire
- Maple syrup
Links to help you stock your pantry or fridge
- Check out my post “Uncommon Ingredients” for a handy list of items you that might be difficult to find
- List of Forks Over Knives approved products and brands
- My handy weekly meal planner
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