My Vegan Pantry



I love organizing, whether it comes to organizing things or upcoming plans. Honestly, I am a perfectionist down to each strand of hair. My room is always the cleanest and I have taken it upon myself to organize the rest of the house with some help from my mother, and the kitchen was one of our first projects. This is a quick overview of the staple items that I rely on when making foods, as well as how I store them. I focus on using things that are easily found in normal supermarkets, and those few things that I buy at health food stores (nutritional yeast, vegetable stock etc.) last a really long time, so it is worth the extra search for them. These things are in no means necessary for everybody, so this is a collection of my personal favorites. Everybody interested in eating healthily, regardless if you are vegan or not, should look to include some of these items in their diet. 


Grains:


  • Quinoa
  • Brown and black rice
  • Gluten-free steel cut oats
  • Brown rice pasta 
  • Brown rice cakes


Flours, (all gluten-free):
  • Brown rice flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Defatted almond flour
  • Oat flour


Beans & Legumes:


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

When it comes to my beans and legumes I always buy them dry, and store them in glasses. I always have some beans that I have soaked over-night, then boiled for 1-2 hours or until soft, and stored in separate portion boxes my freezer. Therefore whenever I am making a chili or a bean salad I always have beans at hand relatively quickly.



Nuts and seeds, raw and unsalted:


  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pecans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Flax seeds (milled and whole)
  • Pine kernels


Fruits & berries, dried and fresh:

  • Fresh dates
  • Raisins
  • Dried apricots
  • Bananas (frozen and fresh)
  • Pineapples
  • Mangoes
  • Red apples
  • Red grapes
  • Raspberries (frozen)
  • Strawberries (frozen)

I usually buy lots of a particular type of fruit whenever they are in season, but the ones I listed I try to get my hands on regardless. I also stock up on frozen berries at all times, and if I see that I will not be able to eat all the bananas before they go bad, I peel them, chop them into halves and freeze them.  


Vegetables & greens:



  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Red and yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes 
  • Leaf spinach
  • Kale
  • Corn kernels 
  • Canned tomatoes

I have a large hummus salad for lunch every day for lunch so I usually cut up lots of different vegetables and store them in individual airtight containers, that way I save a lot of time in the morning when throwing together my salad. It is kinda like having a salad bar in your own kitchen, and it is a great alternative to pre-cut the vegetables for those who might not otherwise feel tempted to have salads.



Oils, vinegars & fats:


  • Good quality olive oil
  • Low calorie olive oil spray
  • All natural peanut butter
  • Organic tahini 
  • Shredded coconut
  • Balsamico vinegar
  • Brown rice vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar

Other Staple Ingredients:

  • Nutritional yeast (search google if you do not know what this is)
  • TVP mince and chunks
  • Organic firm & silken tofu
  • Defatted coconut milk
  • Alpro unsweetened soy milk (with added vitamin D, calcium and b12)
  • Gluten-free soy sauce
  • Liquid aminos
  • Cornstarch 
  • Low sodium vegan vegetable broth powder
  • Organic tikka masala curry paste
  • Organic thai curry paste (red, yellow and green)
  • Stevia drops, preferably vanilla flavored
  • Homemade Crunchy Hazelnut Granola

There is a lot of controversy when it comes to whether stevia is healthy for you or not, but so far only using it in my tea have not had a negative impact on my health. However I prefer using whole foods when adding sweetness into my recipes, and therefore abstain from using stevia in my recipes.


Spices & herbs:


  • Oregano 
  • Basil (fresh and dried)
  • Thyme
  • Coriander/cilantro
  • Fresh dill
  • Good curry powders
  • Ground cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Maldon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Hope you found this post helpful, and if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment section down below!

7 comments:

  1. You have such a beautiful and inspiring blog! I will be looking forward to all your recipes in the future! Thank you :) Eat to Live!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, and I am thrilled to hear that you will stay tuned in the future! :)

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  2. Great site! I love all your recipes, so healthy and creative!

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  3. Thanks for the tips on freezing!

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  4. Thank you for the reasonable attitude towards what you do, creativity and inspiration! Love your blog and your instagram photo recepies

    VEgreetings from Ukraine!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, and I am so glad that you find my blog to your liking! :-)

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