Here’s How to Stock Your Pantry Now That You’re Vegan
Ready to make the switch to vegan eating but not sure how? Eating vegan is easy once you get the hang of it, but figuring out what groceries to buy can be a challenge at first.
Fortunately, with vegan products available in most grocery stores, we have more delicious plant-based choices than ever. So we’ve put together a quick rundown of must-have vegan pantry items!
Many should already be familiar, and always having these staples on hand can save both shopping and cooking time.
1. Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies are essential to any healthy vegan diet, generally quite affordable, and highly versatile.
Grab some fresh leafy greens, avocados, apples, carrots, potatoes, and anything else your heart desires. If you’re worried about spoiling produce, consider buying some of your fruits and veggies frozen.
2. Beans and Legumes
Beans, lentils, chickpeas, and more! These hearty items add substance to any dish and are packed with protein and other important nutrients.
Keeping canned beans or legumes on hand is a must. Also consider trying some dry beans. They’re way cheaper and some argue, tastier. If soaking isn’t an option, try some that don’t need soaking, like green or red lentils, yellow split peas, or adzuki beans. And remember the hummus!
Brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, bulgur, farro… the list goes on and on. These nutrient-packed grains are super filling and easy to prepare, so be sure to experiment to find your favorites!
And don’t forget pasta, bread, tortillas, and cereal. You’re probably already used to buying these, but a lot of people don’t realize they’re usually vegan. Just double-check the ingredients to be sure dairy and eggs aren’t used.
4. Nuts and Seeds
Loaded with healthy fats and protein, nuts and seeds are great on salads and by the handful. But there’s so much more you can do with them. Cashews make excellent creamy bases for sauces, and walnuts can be added to your favorite veggie burger recipe for extra nutrients.
And remember to grab some peanut butter (or another nut or seed butter). Peanut butter pie, anyone?
5. Dairy Alternatives
There are so many delicious dairy alternatives on the market, and no vegan pantry is complete without a few.
We think the most important dairy replacements to keep around are dairy-free milk and butter. But be sure to try the wide variety of plant-based cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. They’re better for you, the environment, and animals!
6. Plant-Based Meats
From veggie chicken nuggets and savory cold cuts to hamburgers and hotdogs, you really can have it all. The plant-based market has grown exponentially in recent years, and you can find savory meat-free foods at stores around the world.
And don’t forget some of the original meat replacements. Tofu, tempeh, and seitan are all protein-rich foods that have been enjoyed for hundreds of years!
7. Condiments, Spices, and Herbs
Often overlooked, these can make or break a meal. So be sure to stock up on your favorites. Barbecue sauce, Dijon mustard, Sriracha, nutritional yeast, and fresh herbs are all perfect for when you need to take things to the next level.
Another incredibly versatile (and yummy) condiment that vegans swear by is Vegenaise. Made by Follow Your Heart, this plant-based mayo is great as is or in your own sauces and dressings!
Dessert never hurt anybody, and many of your favorite snacks, including Oreos, Nutter Butters, and Skittles, are already vegan!
And yes, there is vegan chocolate. Many dark chocolate varieties are dairy-free, and a few brands make vegan milk chocolate with dairy-free milk.
Need a little inspiration? Check out these impressive vegan dessert recipes!
There you have it: everything you need to stock your vegan pantry! If you haven’t already, get your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide here.