My Pantry

After deciding to transition to a healthier diet, we quickly learned how important it was to keep a well-stocked pantry – stocked with the right foods, that is!

If we got a snack attack or sugar craving, we knew we were goners if we could just head to the pantry and grab a bag of chips or pull out a box of brownie mix or Cheerios. (We still struggle with that last one…..lol)

Here’s a snapshot of what we like to keep on hand:

Grains

  • oatmeal, rolled and steel cut – our favorite breakfast option
  • whole wheat flour
  • brown rice flour
  • flaxseed meal
  • quinoa (I love cooking with quinoa because it is packed with protein and cooks up in 15 minutes)
  • brown rice

Nuts – one of the most expensive elements of a plant-based diet. I have had to build my supply slowly and I try to use sparingly.

  • cashews – amazing to use for vegan cheese
  • walnuts – delicious snacking and great for gluten free pie crusts
  • pecans – snacking and baking
  • almonds
  • peanuts

Canned Goods – I am not in love with canned goods, but buy them for convenience. I buy organic and low-sodium as much as possible.

  • black beans – instant meal!
  • pinto beans
  • garbonzo beans/chickpeas – awesome for homemade hummus
  • vegetarian refried beans
  • diced tomatoes – fire-roasted is our favorite!
  • tomato paste
  • tomato sauce
  • vegetable broth – we like to use broth as a substitute for oil when roasting food in the oven or cooking on the frying pan

Baking

  • pink Himalayan sea salt – packed with 84 minerals, this salt is actually really good for you!! No more guilt for adding salt!
  • dark chocolate chips – 60% or more…….I prefer 85%
  • coconut palm sugar
  • honey
  • 100% maple syrup
  • unsweetened cocoa powder – chocolate that is actually healthy! (I know, its a dream come true!)
  • vanilla
  • lemon juice
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil

Spices – one of the things I enjoy most about cooking plant-based recipes is the amount of spices I use! My food has never had more flavor! We use a large variety of spices, but these are our favorites.

  • cinnamon – we literally put in every baked good
  • cumin
  • basil
  • oregano
  • chili powder
  • itallian seasoning

Dried Fruit – perfect for the sweet tooth or adding to baked goods

  • dates – packed with fiber and natural sugar, dates have quickly become our favorite sweetener
  • raisins – my daughters favorite snack
  • craisins
  • unsweetened coconut flakes

Toddler Food – my stash for the diaper bag and those moments when you want to give them something special

  • pre-packaged raisins
  • applesauce pouches – seriously the BEST invention ever!!
  • gluten-free pretzels
  • air-popped popcorn – I like to make a big batch and store it in a gallon size bag.
  • mac ‘n cheese – one of my daughter’s favorite foods so I try to keep a box on hand, I try to buy Annie’s or Ancient Harvest
  • yogurt – another favorite food, I like to buy options from grass-fed cows and I watch the sugar content (10g or less)

What about you? I would love to hear about your favorite staples!

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