Before we began our plant-based eating there were certain ingredients I always had in my pantry, freezer, or fridge. Some of those ingredients have changed but not all of them. I like to be able to go into the kitchen and make something without having to run to the store. When I run to the store for one thing I usually make it home with at least five, the trip that would have cost me a few bucks now cost $20! That is not frugal!
I stock up on some things when they are on sale and buy in bulk when it makes sense. Below you will find a list of ingredients I try to keep on hand at all times.
- black pepper
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- sea salt
- baking soda & baking powder
- brown rice
- canned beans
- chocolate chips (non-dairy)
- dried beans (pinto, black, chickpea’s, lentils, etc.)
- dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
- non-dairy milks
- old fashioned oats
- pasta sauce
- quinoa (I buy a 4 lb bag at Costco for $9.99)
- raw sugar
- tomato sauce
- tortilla chips
- corn (my husband can’t have it so I scoop out what I need)
- other veggies
- whole wheat pastry flour
- almond milk
- apple butter (L&A Unsweetened is delish!)
- Bragg Liquid Aminos
- creamer (soy or coconut milk creamer)
- Earth Balance
- fat-free balsamic vinaigrette
- jelly (with no added sugar, I like Crofter’s)
- lime juice
- natural peanut and almond butter (I buy both at Costco)
- nutritional yeast
- veggie base ( I use Better than Bouillon)
Fresh Plant Foods
- carrots (I buy 5 lbs at a time for $2.49)
- sweet potatoes
I can make almost anything I could want with these ingredients. I did not buy them all at once and I don’t use them all the time but these are my essentials. When I have people over they are usually overwhelmed by how full my pantry is. Right now it is extremely disorganized but it is normally just semi-disorganized.
Depending on your tastes and cooking style you may have a different list of essentials. Your list could change over time too. Now that I’m discovering my son has an issue with gluten I’m sitting on quite a bit of gluten filled grains and trying to transition to others.
Did I forget anything? What is in your must have list that differs from mine? If you’re new to plant-based is there anything that stands out as weird to you?