How to Stock a Vegan Pantry

For people considering going vegan, stocking a pantry can be a daunting task. So here’s a little cheat sheet guide (although by no means an exhaustive list) to get you started.

  1. Grains. Pasta, oats, barley, couscous are all good staples for vegan cooking.
  2. Beans and Legumes. Quinoa, a variety of beans, chickpeas, tofu, and various lentils are good things to have on hand.
  3. Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
  4. Vinegars and oils.
  5. Sweeteners. Raw and organic sugar, vegan chocolate, cocoa powder, and agave are great health conscious sweeteners.
  6. Dairy substitutes. Get almond, soy, and/or coconut milk. Also almond butter, veggie butter, veggie shortening, and egg replacer are critical in cooking and baking vegan dishes.
  7. SPICES. Flavor is the secret to making tasty food (vegan or otherwise).
  8. Nutritional yeast.
  9. Vital wheat gluten. You’ll need this if you’re interested in making seitan from scratch to have that meat substitute.
  10. Fruits and veggies. Get whatever kinds you enjoy to snack on and use for meals.