A Few Vegan Pantry Staples

by Kortney Campbell on January 12, 2012

Vegan Pantry StaplesOne of our New Years resolutions is to cook more “real meals”.   You may know what we are talking about when we say that it isn’t out of the ordinary to end up eating random things (read: handfuls of chocolate morsels) when we get home from work & ruining dinner.  A good way to prevent these little indulgences is to stock up your pantry with everything needed for a healthy yet fast meal.

Since our goal is to focus on quick & easy vegan meals that won’t break the bank, most of the recipes you will see here will use things from this list:

Grains & Bulk:

  • Brown rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Whole wheat pasta- a long & a short version
  • Bob’s Red Mill gluten free pizza dough mix
  • Whole wheat or spelt & all-purpose flour
  • Tortillas or Pita (Ezekiel sprouted tortillas will be making a few fun appearances here)
  • Lentils

Nuts & Seeds (we prefer them raw):

  • Whole Flaxseed
  • Milled Flaxseed (keep in the refrigerator)
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pine Nuts
  • Chia Seeds

If you take the time to soak beans, we definitely think you deserve a trophy.  We have to admit it though, we often buy them canned…


  • Black Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Chick Peas
  • Cannellini Beans
  • Lentils
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tofu
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Crushed or Diced Tomatoes
  • Vegetable bouillon


  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Vegan Buttery Sticks


  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Herbs (Basil, Thyme & Rosemary are a few of our frequently used favorites)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red potatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Salsa
  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Any other fresh fruits & veggies of your choice


  • Almond, Soy or Coconut Milk
  • Daiya Cheese
  • Tofutti Cheese Slices
  • Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Veganaise


  • Bananas & Berries for smoothies
  • Veggies (including Corn, Carrots, Okra to add to soups & chili)
  • Black Bean or Veggie Burgers
  • Gardein vegan “meats”
  • Tofurkey Pizzas (for those days that you just don’t feel like cooking but really want delicious pizza!)

You don’t have to buy everything at once, but pick up a few items at a time when you’re out food shopping.  In no time at all, you’ll be completely stocked up & ready to go!  Big on baking?  Check out our baking essentials list also!

What are some of your staples?

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

  • { 5 comments… read them below or add one }

    Lynn January 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This is so helpful Thank you !


    Ava January 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Love it! And love the site so far! Keep up the veganspiring work!;)


    Shannon January 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I found if you “soak” your beans overnight in a crock pot on low, it takes care of two things at once! :)


    Vanilla Rose June 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Gordon Ramsay on youtube? Seriously? How many vegans want to click on that and find his fish recipes? I would guess, none.


    VeganHousewives June 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’m sorry, I’m not sure what you’re talkin about or who Gordon Ramsey is?


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