Inside Look: My Vegan Pantry

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my vegan pantry

By far one of the most requested posts was to give you an inside look to my pantry and to share my grocery list. Well your pleas has been answered…

I have been a vegan for well over 3 years now, vegetarian for more than 10, and I feel like I have quite a nice idea of what types of food items you should be stocking up on, as well as where to get the best bargains.

So consider this to be a non-exhaustive list compiled of the various foods I have relied on for the past 3 years of blogging, and the ingredients that most of my recipes call for.

flax seeds

You will also find that the majority of these ingredients should be easily found in normal supermarkets, with the exception of a few things that I buy at my local health food store (tofu, nutritional yeast, etc.). If you are on a tight budget finding a foreign marked near you and buying in bulk will save you some serious money. The belief that a vegan diet must be an expensive one could not be farther from the truth. In fact the everyday vegan staples, such as beans, legumes, grains and rice, costs next to nothing if you buy them dry and in big quantities. It might take a little practise and looking around to find the best stores, but you will be bargain-savvy before you know it!

But without any further ado, let’s get to it!

red lentils

BEANS & LEGUMES:

  • Red kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Red lentils
  • Green lentils
  • Brown lentils
  • Green peas

When it comes to beans and legumes, I always buy them dry and in bulk. Then I soak a large portion over-night, cook them on low heat for 1-3 hours, transfer them into individual plastic containers and store them in the freezer. It makes throwing together for example a lentil stew much less time-consuming, without having to buy the more expensive canned beans!

GRAINS:

  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice (short and long grained)
  • Black rice (similar to wild rice)
  • Gluten-free rolled oats
  • Brown rice pasta (fusili, spaghetti, macaroni, etc.)
  • Brown rice cakes

GLUTEN-FREE FLOURS & STARCHES:

  • Brown rice flour
  • Sweet rice flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Millet flour
  • Sorghum flour
  • Chickpea flour
  • Oat flour (you can make your own by blending rolled oats)
  • Tapioca flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Potato starch
  • Arrowroot starch
  • Psyllium husk powder
nuts-and-seeds
Homemade Roasted Almond Butter

NUTS & SEEDS:

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Raw cashews
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flax seeds (ground and whole)
  • Pine kernels
  • Shredded coconut
  • All-natural Peanut Butter
  • Homemade Almond Butter
  • Homemade Coconut Butter
  • Organic tahini
Medjool-Dates

DRIED FRUITS:

  • Dates
  • Raisins
  • Apricots
  • Figs
  • Cranberries

FRESH FRUITS AND BERRIES:

  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Red apples
  • Red grapes
  • Bananas (frozen and fresh)
  • Raspberries (frozen)
  • Strawberries (frozen)
  • Blueberries (frozen)
garlic-chives
fresh-tomatoes

VEGETABLES:

  • Potatoes of all sorts (sweet potatoes, russet, white and red fleshed, you name it!)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Red & yellow onion
  • Bell peppers
  • Leek
  • Garlic
  • Ginger root
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Leaf spinach
  • Kale

I usually buy lots of certain fruits and vegetables whenever they are in season, but the ones I have listed I do try to get my hands on all year long. I also stock up on frozen berries at all times and if I see that some fruit will ripen before I manage to eat it, I will freeze it down and use it in smoothies and desserts!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops is a great way to utilise ripe bananas!
fresh-mint

FRESH HERBS:

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Dill

SPICE COLLECTION:

  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Bay-leaves
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Indian curry powder
  • Garam masala
  • Ground cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamome
  • Maldon salt
  • Whole black pepper

VINEGARS & SAUCES:

  • White wine vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Balsamico vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Gluten-free soy sauce
  • Liquid aminos

CANNED GOODS:

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Corn kernels
  • No added sugar pineapple slices
  • Full-fat coconut milk (to make whipped coconut cream)
chocolate-bars

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Unsweetened plant-based milk (I use soy or almond)
  • Unsweetened baking cocoa powder
  • Sugar-free vegan dark chocolate bars (I use this brand)
  • Carob powder
  • St. Dalfour’s Fruit & Berry Jams (sweetened only with fruit)
  • Baking powder
  • Liquid stevia drops
  • Vanilla essence
  • Vanilla pods
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Organic firm & silken tofu
  • Rice sheets
  • Nori sheets
  • Low-sodium vegan vegetable broth powder
  • Various curry pastes (tikka masala and thai are my favourites)

See any of your favourite vegan products missing or have a question about the ones listed?

Leave a comment down below and let me know. I will make sure to keep this list updated and I am always on the look-out for new foods to try out! But that’s all for this time. Have a still lovely day and be sure to let me know your thoughts.

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