VEGAN PANTRY STAPLES

Why Staples Are Important.

It’s important to have a balanced diet with the correct nutrients. It’s essential as a vegan to make sure that you eat a balanced diet of all the nutrients needed. Vegan pantry staples are the backbone of any frugal, plant-based kitchen. Many delicious, economical vegan recipes can keep mealtimes a cornucopia of nutrients and colour. Planning is the key to a healthy vegan diet, so there should always be several meal ideas and recipes to accompany them. These should be easily accessible. If the home manager is away from home or is ill, another family member can keep the meals going satisfactorily.

Why A Well-Stocked Pantry Is Important

Perhaps one of the greatest helps toward a well-ordered home is a well-stocked pantry. With this to rely upon, you are always ready for any demand that can interfere with the household’s regular plans.

It’s also useful should there be an emergency such as adverse weather, illness, unexpected price inflations and job losses.

It’s important to note, when I talk about having a well-stocked pantry, I do not mean going out and panic buying items to the detriment of everyone else.

When you do your regular shopping, you buy an extra one or two non-perishable items to build your pantry stock up. That way, there is no panic buying, no greediness, no going over budget and certainly no emptying the shop of its items so that no one else can buy what they need. Building a well-stocked pantry can take time, and it needs to be done according to your budget.

The pantry shelf should contain tinned soups, tomatoes, beans, legumes, Jackfruit, Seitan, fruit, jams, condiments, a few packets of biscuits and crackers. A few cans of coconut milk come in handy and will keep until needed.

Everyone’s budgets and households are different. So let your armour of common sense be your guide in choosing what items to stock on your shelf. When an item is used, replace it on your next shop so that the shelf will be ready for all staples and any emergencies that tend to come when least expected.

I like to have two in stock and one in use. So every time I use an item, I can go to my cupboard, grab a replacement and buy another to replenish what I’ve used. Making sure I rotate the food so that nothing goes out of date.

PANTRY SUPPLIES SUGGESTIONS

Cereals and Flour

  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Self Raising Flour
  • Plain Flour
  • Bread Flour
  • Cornflour
  • Polenta
  • Pasta
  • Large Bags of Rice

Dried Beans & Grains

  • Various Dried Beans
  • Dahls
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Barley

Tinned Vegetables

  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms

Tinned Beans & Legumes

  • Haricot Beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Borlotti Beans
  • Cannelini Beans
  • Mixed Beans
  • Baked Beans

Tinned Fruits

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Fruit Cocktail

Tinned Soups

  • Tomato
  • Lentil
  • Vegetable
  • Mixed Vegetable
  • Carrot

Spreads, Shortenings and Frying Mediums

  • Dairy Free Butter/Marg
  • Solid Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil

Miscellaneous

  • Sugar
  • Packets of Biscuits
  • Packets of Crackers
  • Packets of crisps
  • Bottled Pickles
  • Jam
  • Maple syrup
  • Olives
  • Jallapeanos
  • Dried fruits
  • Sultanas and raisins
  • Nuts

Flavoring Extracts

  • Vanilla
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Almond
  • Baking Powder

Condiments

  • Chili Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Vinegar

Seasonings

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • ground Coriander
  • Chilli powder
  • Turmeric

Fresh Vegetables

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet potatoes

MENUS TO KEEP READY FOR UNEXPECTED DEMANDS

From the above list of suggestions, start to look at easy meals that you could put together with little or no effort. A stock of tinned tomatoes means you will always have a sauce base. Various tinned beans will make sure you get your protein boost when needed. A good selection of spices will be essential to bringing the flavour. Rice can be bulked out using beans, and when served alongside a curry or chilli, it can provide a well-balanced dish of protein, carbs, fibre and fat.

Nuts, maple syrup and sultanas can bring a boring old dish of porridge oats to life. Peanut butter and jam can make a very filling breakfast sandwich or snack.

You can use chickpeas to make a tasty curry; you can also make hummus and falafels with it. They can be put on a baking tray and roasted in the oven for a tasty snack. The aquafaba (chickpea water) is also a brilliant substitute for eggs in cooking.

Kidney beans can be mashed and mixed with onions and a little ground cumin, salt and pepper to make tasty bean burgers.

Pasta sauces do not need to elaborate. A simple olive oil to lightly fry chopped garlic and chilli flakes before mixing with your cooked, drained spaghetti make one of the tastiest and easy Italian dishes ever.

A tablespoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of soy sauce, one teaspoon of sesame oil mixed with a finely chopped garlic clove makes a delicious salad dressing. Better than anything you’ll taste in the shops.

The list is endless, and the great thing about your pantry staples is you can get as creative as you like with them. You’ll always have ingredients on hand. You can throw together a quick and tasty meal without having to go to the shop beforehand, and you can take advantage of stocking up on various pantry items when there are offers on which will save you money. It’s a win, win, win!

Vegan Pantry

A Few Important Points

Remember, this is a long term, ongoing project. There is no need to rush to the shops and buy too much. The idea is to replenish what you use before you run out.

When you do your regular shopping, you buy an extra one or two non-perishable items to build your pantry stock up. That way, there is no panic buying, no greediness, no going over budget and certainly no emptying the shop of its items so that no one else can buy what they need. Building a well-stocked pantry can take time, and it needs to be done according to your budget.

Don’t buy things just for the sake of filling your pantry when you go shopping. Instead, increase one or two items of things that you already buy. Don’t buy things you do not like just because they are cheap or on offer.

Rotate your items. Putting the new at the back of the cupboard and bringing the older items to the front to be used first.

Tinned Vegetables

I would love to hear your suggestions from your own pantries. If there’s an important item that your pantry can not do without, or you have tips for keeping your kitchen cupboard stocked, share it with us in the comments. Don’t forget you can also follow The Daily Frugal on Facebook

See you soon and happy creative cooking.

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One comment

  1. I totally agree about spreading out your pantry stock up purchases. I usually buy a few of something when they go on sale, so I know I’m getting a good price, and since stores typically ahve a 6 week sale cycle, I can wait to buy it when it’s on sale again (and hopefully have a few coupons too!)

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