Pantry Power

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It’s possible that, having been to my basement, you have a case of Pantry Envy.  It’s okay.  I would, too.  But whatever the size of your pantry, you can begin to stock up on the staples that will make whole-foods, plant-based cooking easier and more enjoyable.  Below, find my personal must-haves (if I’ve forgotten anything, please help me complete the list).  Obviously, there is much more in my pantry, but this is a great start–don’t want to overwhelm anyone.  Start where you are and crowd out all that packaged stuff that contains substances you can’t identify.  Remember Michael Pollan’s advice: If your grandmother doesn’t know what it is, you shouldn’t eat it.  Or something like that.  Next, we will take a peek in my fridge (but I have to clean it first, friends).  You can grab a copy for shopping here: Pantry Staples

Beans (canned and dry)

Black/refried

Chickpeas

Lentils, brown & green

Pinto/refried

White (navy, great northern, flageolet)

 

Condiments

Low-sugar ketchup

Mustard

Horseradish

Mayo

 

Flours

All purpose

Brown rice

Cornmeal

Garbanzo (fava, besan)

White whole wheat

 

Grains

Barley

Brown rice

Bulgur

Farro

Millet

Oats

Quinoa

Polenta

Steel cut oats

Wild rice

 

Nuts/butters

Almonds/almond butter

Cashews, preferably organic

Peanuts/peanut butter

Pecans

Pine nuts

Walnuts

 

Oils

Canola, organic, for high heat saute

Coconut oil, for baking

Grapeola or Safflower for baking

Olive oil, for finishing

Sesame, for stir fries

Toasted sesame

 

Pasta

Whole grain spaghetti

Whole grain rotini

Whole grain elbow macaroni

 

Pickles and preserved veggies

Capers

Dill pickles

Dried mushrooms

Olives

Miso

Pickled jalapenos

Pickle relish

Sun-dried tomatoes

 

Sauces

Marinara Sauce

Salsa

Sriracha

Thai curry paste (red/green)

Vegan worcestershire

 

Seeds

Chia

Flax

Pepita

Sesame/tahini

Sunflower

 

Vegetables

Corn

Diced chilis

Jackfruit

Tomatoes (bpa free cans)

Peas

 

Vinegars

Apple cider

Balsamic red/white

Brown rice or rice

Red and white wine vinegar

Sherry vinegar

Ume plum

 

Other

Nutritional yeast

Non-dairy milk (plain soy, almond, coconut)

Bouillon, no msg

Shelf stable tofu

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3 Responses to “Pantry Power”

  1. Jan BlekeFebruary 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

    Wow, Sue and Roger. You never cease to amaze. I am sending this pantry list to my kids, as I don’t think I’ll ever get this far, even if I start now! Thanks for sharing.

    Jan

  2. ShaneFebruary 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    Bread flour. I cannot live without it! 🙂

  3. Ruth TerpsmaApril 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

    I like to have a box of veggie broth on hand.

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