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."
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
You don't need every single one of these, but here’s my list of pantry staples that you should keep in your pantry to easily make delicious plant-based recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the article for my free grocery list giveaway and for some other handy links to help with stocking your pantry.
- 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)
- Veggies: corn, green beans, or beets for example
- Fruit, low added sugar, for example, mandarin oranges, pineapple, applesauce
No sugar or additive brands: Trader Joe’s brand soymilk, Malk brand almond, Westsoy brand soymilk.
- Potatoes: Russet, Yukon Gold, Sweet, Blue and more
- Nutritional yeast
- Vital wheat gluten
- Silk 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