Yesterday I shared my list of Basic Pantry Staples for a Plant-Based Diet. Today I want to share my list of staples that need to be kept cold in the refrigerator or freezer with a few exceptions for fresh produce. Making changes to a healthier lifestyle can be difficult. Use this guide to make your journey toward a plant-based diet a little easier.
Basic Staples for the Refrigerator and Freezer
- mixed veggies
- stir fry veggies
- whole wheat pastry flour
I also like to freeze leftover soups and baked goods like muffins and breads. If I chop too many veggies I’ll store them in the freezer to use in a quick stir fry or soup.
- Braggs Liquid Aminos
- chia seeds
- coconut milk coffee creamer
- fat-free balsamic vinaigrette
- flax seeds
- jelly (with no added sugar)
- lemon/lime juice
- milk (we use rice milk)
- natural nut butters
- nutritional yeast
- maple syrup
- sunflower seed butter
Many of these items are more like add on’s or condiments. I often feel like our fridge is full of things that aren’t really food. Some of these items could be stored in the pantry instead of the fridge but I live in the desert so it is typically hotter here so I store them in the fridge.
- peppers (jalapenos, bell peppers and sweet peppers)
- sweet potatoes
- spinach and other lettuces
- other seasonal produce (cucumbers, pears, peaches, melons, etc.)
These are our basic produce picks. We buy these regularly and at any given time you will find them in our fridge. We try to stick to seasonal produce so you’ll rarely find asparagus in our fridge. We don’t store all of our produce in the fridge. Some things like potatoes and onions are stored in the pantry. Broccoli and spinach are always in the refrigerator. Other items like apples and peppers could be stored at room temperature or refrigerated.
I’m about to make this even easier! Here is a printer-friendly compilation of all my Basic Staples for a Plant-Based Diet! <<Click on the link for a PDF!
What are your top picks for Basic Pantry (and fridge staples)? I’d love to see how they differ.
For more helpful information about getting started on a plant-based diet check out my ebook, The Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide: How to Cook, Shop and Eat Well.