I don’t know about you guys, but when Ashlee and I first switched to a vegan diet, we were #ClulessAF. We made the decision to become vegan literally overnight, and at that time, we knew almost nothing about a vegan diet or lifestyle. As you can imagine, grocery shopping as a new vegan was pretty confusing and intimidating.
If you guys can relate to wandering aimlessly down grocery store aisles wondering what to purchase while reading labels for what seems like hours, then you might find our pantry list helpful! Below are ingredients that Ashlee and I always have in our refrigerator and pantry. This list may seem excessive (and you definitely don’t have to buy everything on it!), but all of these ingredients are truly the core of all of the recipes Ashlee and I have relied on since switching to a plant-based diet.
To save money, we recommend to buy pantry items in bulk whenever possible!!! We buy most of our bulk items from Sprouts and WinCo…it saves a TON of money. One of the best things about eating a vegan diet is that most of our meals cost us just a few dollars a day per serving! If you guys have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Til next time!!!
Beans and Grains:
Ashlee and I love having a variety of grains and canned or dried beans in our pantry. Grains, especially whole grains, have so many nutrients and are so tasty! Beans are quick (if canned), full of fiber, and low in fat. Not to mention, both can be incorporated into so many dishes such as salads, soups, wraps, and bowls! Get creative because the possibilities are ENDLESS!! Some of our favorites are:
- Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans – We love using chickpeas in variety of dishes such as salads and wraps. You can even use the bean juice or aquafaba as a replacement for egg whites in many delicious vegan desserts! And of course, HUMMUS!
- Black Beans – Black beans are a staple in this household. We use them in our tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, and so much more!
- White Beans – We love white beans, especially in the winter! They are great in all types of soups.
- Kidney Beans
- White and Brown Rice – Short grain rice is ideal for sushi, so we buy this type to make sushi and sushi bowls often.
- Barley – Great for hearty soups in the warmer months.
- Steel Cut Oats: Oats are perfect for breakfast. Top them with different fruits, coconut flakes, and chia seeds for extra protein.
- Pasta – We try to limit our pasta intake since most these days are enriched with additives and full of ingredients that we can’t even pronounce. We do like to have it in our pantry, though because, let’s be honest, I fuckin’ LOVE me some pasta. We always try buy whole wheat and organic!
- Bread – We always try to buy whole wheat! Dave’s Killer Bread Power Seed is our absolute favorite!
Most of you already know this, but I suck at baking. I mainly use flour to coat anything I’m about to deep-fry. The main thing with flour is to make sure it’s unbleached, unbromated, and is not enriched with any additives. We also try to always buy whole wheat flours! Bob’s Red Mill has some great selections.
Nuts & Seeds (All Raw):
If you don’t know yet, vegans are nuts for nuts!!! Nuts can be used in a variety of sauces and dressings, and can be used as is in so many different dishes! Our favorites are:
- Cashews – Okay, before going vegan, I had NO IDEA that cashews are basically God’s gift to humans. They are SO versatile. Cashews can be turned into a variety of sauces, salad dressings, and desserts! The possibilities with cashews are literally endless. These nuts are a must for your vegan pantry!
- Peanuts- We like peanuts for our Asian dishes! They’re great in spring rolls and stir fries. Plus, they make a great spicy peanut sauce and they’re a delicious and healthy snack!
Almonds- Almonds are a great alternative to processed croutons. We like to buy the slivered almonds for an added crunch to our salads
Pumpkin Seeds/Pepitas- We love adding pepitas to almost all of our dishes for that extra crunch.
Oils & Vinegar
Oils and vinegar can be used in many dishes to enhance flavors! Here’s what’s always in our pantry:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cooking Spray
- Coconut Vinegar – My personal favorite condiment to add to almost all dishes to give ‘em some extra acidity.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- White Truffle Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut OIl
- Balsamic Vinegar
- White Wine Vinegar
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Sesame Oil
- Peanut Oil or Canola Oil
- Canned Tomatoes & Tomato Sauce
- Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or any Nut Butter – They’re all delicious and a great source of added protein. We like adding a couple tablespoons to our smoothies and oatmeal in the morning! We also love to use them for many sauces!
- Dried Herbs & Spices: Again, what we have in our pantry is catered to our taste buds, so you can always alter you spice rack to your preferred taste! We always have:
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- Ground Turmeric
- Ground Oregano
- Garlic Powder
- Chili Flakes
- Slap Ya Mama (Hot)
- Curry Powder
- Stocks & Bouillon Cubes – Our favorite brand of bouillon cubes are Edward & Sons Not Beef Bouillon Cubes and Edward and Sons Not Chik’n Bouillon cubes.
- Non-Dairy Milks and Tofu – We use tofu in so many dishes. Some of our favorites are tofu scrambles, tofu tacos, and tofu stir fry! Non-dairy milks are always good to have on hand. Our favorite brand is Califia Farms, but feel free to make your own if you’d like. It’s easy and cost effective.
- Panko Bread Crumbs – You guys know I love to deep fry almost anything and everything. For me, Panko Bread Crumbs are a must.
- Soy Sauce – It’s no surprise that Ashlee and I LOVEEEE Asian food, so we always have soy sauce, liquid aminos (healthier version), or Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) on hand!!
- Tahini: Another super versatile and healthy condiment. We add tahini to almost all of our dishes and salads! It can be used as is, or blended with different herbs or seasonings to create different flavors.
- Spring Rolls Wrappers – As mentioned previously, Ashlee and I love Asian dishes! Spring rolls wrappers are great to have in your pantry for quick and healthy lunches or dinners! We just wrap a bunch of veggies and tofu in some spring rolls wrappers and make a yummy sauce using any nut butter and peanuts we have!
- Curry Paste – Curry paste is great when you want something quick, but still full of flavor! We always, always have at least a couple cans of Panang curry paste in our pantry!
- Coconut Milk – I use coconut milk for many creamy sauces, to thicken soups, and of course, in our curry!
- Chili Garlic Sauce