Before I begin, I just need to reassure you that I won’t send you on a quixotic quest to find an endless list of exotic sounding items. Stocking your pantry with vegan products is quite easy nowadays, and I wouldn’t worry too much about pricing either. Chances are that you already have several items that are vegan without even realizing it.
So, you can put your shield and armor away, and perhaps you could take notes on what you already have, so there won’t be much need to run to the store to stock up. With that being said, of course there will be some products that have never met your shelves and that you will have to get for a speedy introduction to your pantry.
Let’s start with the plant-based stuff that I am presuming you may or may not have. After all, vegan food means that it is plant-based, and even the most hardened meat eater has to buy some plant-based food once in a while. Eat your vegetables, like mommy always said 😉
Vegan Items That May Have Made it to Your Pantry Shelves Before
Well, let’s see. Have you ever bought any of the following? If not, they are sold in almost any store.
- cashew nuts
- pecan nuts
- pine nuts
- macademia nuts
- fruits and vegetables (yes, well, that goes into the fridge, not the pantry 😉 )
- Ritz crackers
- avocado oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil
- soy sauce
- ketchup (preferably with the least amount of ingredients and no sugar)
- cous cous
- pasta (egg free)
- herbs and spices
- maple syrup
- coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, cashew milk, etc (we’re not really supposed to call it milk anymore, it should be almond drink – the dairy industry doesn’t like these delicious plant-based alternatives to be called milk
Shall I go on? How many of the above mentioned staples have you bought before? Several of them, right? Before I was vegan I always had large supplies of nuts, because they are my favorite snack. Except for the avocado oil, coconut oil, and grape seed oil, soy, and quinoa, I had most of these things in my pantry already.
More Vegan Items That May Not Have Made it to Your Pantry Shelves Before
Who knows, right? 😉 You may or may not have had the following items before. Nowadays the products I’m going to list here are easy to find. There are plenty of vegan stores, vegan food sections in supermarkets, and there is always the comfort of ordering online. Amazon is a good place to order vegan foods.
About ten years ago (or less) it was a little harder to find certain ingredients, because stores didn’t offer them. In my hometown, there was one vegan store at that time and all its products were imported, so a visit to that store sometimes left my wallet a little thinner.
Luckily though, many more vegan foods are available now, and as for pricing, that has improved a lot too. My wallet doesn’t complain anymore.
So, what are some useful items to have? Let me give you a list of some products that come in handy for several recipes.
- nutritional yeast (it isn’t yeast in its traditional form, it is a tasty condiment with a hearty cheesy flavor and it’s rich in vitamins, including B12)
- apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar
- liquid aminos
- matcha powder
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- hemp seeds
- sunflower seeds
- pumpkin seeds
- sesame seeds
- poppy seeds
- almond butter
- cashew butter
- dry shaved cononut
- dark cocoa powder
- hemp seed oil (and oils mentioned in my previous list) (this item is not really required in recipes – as far as I’ve seen – but it tastes delicious and is great for your health)
- sesame oil
- apple sauce
- agave nectar
- cane sugar
- All the other items I mentioned in my first list 🙂
- regarding veggies: root vegetables are great for recipes, and avocados, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, and anything else really
- Vegan protein powder (optional, you can get this if you’re into protein shakes)
This list is not complete, but this is certainly enough to stock up on a vegan pantry. Then, when you want to try out some recipes, you have all the ingredients you need and you won’t have to rush to the store to get something at the last minute. If you have any questions or if you can think of an item I forgot to mention, please let me know in the comments.
But What About the Risks and Costs of a Vegan Diet?
As I mentioned before, costs have gone down considerably over the last years. When I go shopping, I don’t feel it as a strain on my wallet. Considering the many health benefits that come as a bonus with a plant-based diet, you can decrease or drop doctor’s visits, pills, and other medications, which saves you a lot of money and thus makes the costs of a vegan diet considerably lower.
There have been many reports of people who practically lived on a large daily dose of pills, who claimed that they no longer needed those pills after they went vegan, and who even reported improvement in their health.
Some people may argue about the “dangers” of going vegan, but the only peril I can think of are the streets you will have to cross to reach the stores. There are some reckless drivers out there, you know, so that may be a considerable danger about your vegan quest 😉 Always be careful and look left and right before you cross a street. 😉