January 3, 2014

I'm not one for New Year's resolutions.  I appreciate how people get excited about bettering themselves and trying to improve, however, I don't think it should take a new year or change in calendar date to make a change.  You can make improvements and resolutions every day - constantly!  Don't wait around for tomorrow.


I also don't believe that big changes happen in an instant.  Everything is a process.  For me, a big process was converting our kitchen to a vegan one.  Dining vegan doesn't happen over night - at least it doesn't have to happen that way.  You can start with little steps to stock your home with healthier and more wholesome foods.


This list is long overdue and I will be updating it as time goes on, however, for those looking to make a change TODAY, this list is for you.  Also, if you're curious about what sort of food a vegan keeps in their pantry, this is the place to see.  Cheers to good health this year!

You’re Vegan?!  What Do You Eat?!!


Although my vegetarian/vegan journey began only a few years ago, I still find myself shocked that the world hasn’t caught on to the fact that vegans eat an extremely varied diet that DOES include protein.


Any products suggested are listed because I adore them (not because I’m getting paid to advertise them).  Ok let’s get cookin!

In the Pantry

 squash (butternut, kabocha)

 sweet potatoes

 baby potatoes

 onions

 garlic


Grains and Beans

 quinoa

 faro

 wheat berries

 wild rice

 brown rice

 millet

 buckwheat

 amaranth

 oats (rolled, groats)

 oat bran

 chickpeas

 Christmas lima beans

 kidney beans

 white beans

 black-eyed peas

 black beans

 lentils (orange, yellow, beluga, French green)

 mung beans

 adzuki beans

 split peas


Dried Fruits

 Medjool dates

 prunes

 raisins

 cherries

 cranberries

 currants

 apricots

 coconut


Nuts and Seeds (all are raw
and unsalted)

 cashews

 walnuts

 chia seeds

 sesame seeds

 hemp seeds

 flax seed meal

 almonds

 pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)

 hazelnuts

 pecans

 almond meal


Baking and Misc

 goji berries

 teff flour

 chickpea flour

 tapioca flour

 arrowroot powder

 whole wheat pastry flour

 whole wheat flour

 whole wheat white flour

 lentil flour

 potato starch

 shredded coconut

 spelt flour

 buckwheat flour

 oat flour

 baking powder

 baking soda

 kosher salt and sea salt

 cocoa powder

 carob chips

 chocolate chips

 xanthan gum

 blackstrap molasses

 brown rice syrup

 chocolate chips

 nutritional yeast (a.k.a. Nooch!)

 sea vegetables: kombu, dulse, hijiki, and nori

 vegan and sometimes gluten free cereals (I like Envirokids for cold cereals and Bob’s Red Mill for hot cereals)

 maca powder (I like Navitas Naturals)

 spirulina

 goji berry powder

 tea (herbal and sometimes not – loose tea is great for getting the best flavors, but I also like Republic of Tea when using bags)




In the Freezer

 frozen fruit like bananas, mango, berries, peaches, avocado

 frozen edamame

 frozen veggies like broccoli, brussel sprouts, peas, carrots and spinach

 gluten-free and sprouted bread (love using Food for Life Ezekiel breads)

 burritos

 falafels

 frozen appetizers

 tempeh


 coconut water (dried to put into fresh filtered water)

 kombucha

 soy milk

 almond milk

 rice milk

 coconut milk

 miso paste

 vanilla extract

 almond extract

 lemon extract

 coconut extract

 orange extract

 tofu

 seitan


 spinach

 kale

 collard greens (red and green)

 seasonal varieties of lettuce and spring greens for salads

 fresh herbs – can never have enough basil and dill

 zucchini and summer squash

 beets

 radishes and turnips

 celery

 carrots

 broccoli

 cauliflower

 cucumber

 green beans

 snap peas

 fennel bulbs

 fava beans

 brussel sprouts


 pineapple

 raspberries

 strawberries

 blueberries

 blackberries

 kiwis

 mango

 peaches

 watermelon

 pomegranate

 bananas

 berries

 tomatoes

 avocados

 grapes

 pears

 apples

 plums

Sauces, Condiments, Vinegars, Sweetners

 sambal sauce

 chili garlic sauce

 whole grain mustard

 jams and preserves

 maple syrup

 agave nectar

 salsa

 almond butter and peanut butter

 hummus

 BBQ sauce

 Liquid Smoke

 baba ganoush

 Tamari, Bragg's Liquid Aminos

 tahini

 Sriracha hot sauce

 apple cider vinegar (Bragg's brand is raw and unfiltered)

 balsamic vinegar

 red wine vinegar

 truffle oil

 extra-virgin olive oil

 canola oil

 peanut oil

 toasted sesame oil

Snacks and Such

 Larabars

 Annie Chun’s seaweed snacks

 Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

 dark chocolate bars and peanut butter cups (Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or Endangered Species brand chocolate bars are some of my favorites)

Enjoying Pick-Your-Own tomatoes at our CSA!

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