What You Need to Stock Your Dream Vegan Pantry (Free Checklist!)
I’ve heard from many of you (members of this amazing community!) that time is a major roadblock standing between you and healthy eating.
Finding time at the end of a busy day…
Making time to get to the grocery store…
Squeezing in time to plan recipes that satisfy your taste buds and your nutritional needs…
Sure, you’d rather sit down to a delicious home-cooked meal than takeout or a frozen meh (that’s right, meh… not meal!), but you’ve got a lot going on. Planning ahead, running to the grocery store for supplies or putting on your chef hat can feel like a stretch.
That’s why I made this free downloadable tool just for you. The Ultimate Vegan Pantry Staples Checklist is a comprehensive guide to stocking your pantry so you’re ready for every meal—no matter how much time you have.
Before you read any further, grab your free checklist below. You’ll want to have it on hand to reference as you read through the rest of the blog.
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Imagine walking into your kitchen to find everything you need to throw together an easy, healthy, satisfying plant-based meal.
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midday snack, you don’t have to sweat it because your pantry’s got you covered. Overnight oats topped with nuts and your favorite dried fruit, flavor-packed stir-fries, creamy pasta dishes and satisfying stews—the sky’s the limit when you have the right stuff on hand!
I designed the checklist to be helpful for new and seasoned plant-based eaters alike. For those of you who’ve been eating vegetarian/vegan for a while now, this is a great chance to step up your kitchen and/or meal prep game.
I know many of us (myself included!) get stuck in cooking ruts from time to time and need a little boost to reinvigorate our commitment to healthy eating. Having a pantry stocked with all of the essentials is one of the best ways I’ve found to get my creative cooking juices flowing, whether I have 10 min or a whole hour to cook.
On the other hand, if you’re just testing the plant-based waters to find out how this lifestyle suits you, you’re in the right place. Starting here will help you establish time-saving habits that’ll make healthy eating easier for years to come. And don’t worry if some of the staples on the checklist don’t look familiar. That’s exactly why I created this tool. It takes the guesswork out of stocking your pantry so you can focus on cooking and enjoying yummy, nutritious meals… and living your beautiful life, sweetheart—let’s not forget that!
What’s in my pantry? 5 must-have vegan pantry staples!
Now, grab your full checklist in case you want to take some notes/write down reminders for later and let’s dish on a few of my must-have vegan pantry staples. I’m featuring five of my all-time favorites that you might not have used before, but the complete checklist features over 90 wonderful ingredients (you don’t have to get them all at once—creating your dream pantry takes time, toots!). I hope this additional info motivates you to play with new ingredients and get to know your food a little better. Yum!
1. Raw Nuts and/or Seeds
Nuts and seeds make great plant-powered snacks, especially when you’re on the go. They’re easy to pack up and take with you to work/your kid’s soccer game/running errands/etc. But that’s not all… here’s a little vegan pantry secret for ya: Raw nuts and seeds can transform into fabulous nondairy milks, cheeses, creamy sauces and more! As you get more familiar with a plant-based lifestyle, you’ll realize how essential they are to have on hand. Cashews are my go-to because they’re so versatile (they make the base for my famous Vegan Penne alla Vodka!). And no worries if you’re allergic to nuts—sunflower seeds work just as well!
2. Nutritional Yeast
Fondly known as “nooch,” this cheese-flavored powder has been a longtime comrade of vegetarians and vegans. Nutritional yeast is full of B vitamins and it’s another (you guessed it!) complete protein to add to your repertoire. You may have heard rumors swirling around about there being MSG in nooch, but fear not—there’s no MSG in nutritional yeast unless it’s added (more info on this subject here). I love using it in sauces, salad dressings, soups and even in my organic tofu scramble. Go ahead and smooch the nooch, you won’t be sorry!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Your favorite wellness gurus may have recommended doing shots of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) because it’s been shown to help increase nutrient absorption, balance blood sugar levels, support healthy digestion and more. To reap the benefits that ACV can offer, be sure to choose one that is organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized, with the “mother” included (the mother is made up of strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give ACV its cloudy appearance). Keeping the mother intact helps ensure you’ll get the probiotic benefits that come with ACV. Be sure to dilute your ACV to protect tooth enamel since ACV is acidic. It’s great in salad dressings, sauces, soups and baking. Plus, it can be used in cleaning, as a dandruff treatment and for lots of other household needs!
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a sweet, light, buttery flavor. Make sure to choose organic, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil since the hydrogenated kind contains trans fats (boo!). The saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, which supports healthy thyroid function and raises good cholesterol (learn more about healthy vs. unhealthy fats here). It can even have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting antimicrobial properties! Use it in moderation (1-2 Tbsp per day) as part of your healthy diet. I spread it on my morning waffles, add a dollop to my veggie sautés or use it as an oil substitute while baking. Oh! And it’s also a divine skin moisturizer (we have a tub of it in the bathroom).
5. Sea Vegetables
These sassy sea plants are packed with marvelous minerals, including potassium, calcium and magnesium. They’re also a fabulous source of iodine, which is crucial to thyroid health. I like to roll up veggies and brown rice in nori sheets for some sushi, make miso soup with wakame and add a strip of kombu to the pot when I’m cooking beans (it makes them easier to digest—magic!).
I can’t wait for you to get your Ultimate Vegan Pantry Staples Checklist! This kind of tool is usually reserved for people who join one of my programs, like Crazy Sexy You. But I really want to help you simplify healthy eating so you can nourish your bod and feel your very best—because I KNOW it’s possible. No hours of planning or prep work, last-minute dashes to the store for ingredients, uninspiring frozen dinners or other mealtime headaches involved. That’s why I’m giving it away for free!
Go grab your checklist now!
Your turn: What’s a pantry staple you can’t live without? Share your must-haves in the comments below so we can all help each other stock our pantries!
Peace & plentiful pantries,