When I started cooking wholefood plant based meals I soon realised a lot of the recipes I was following called for the use of similar ingredients. I then started to have my ‘staples’ always stocked up so that if I hadn’t planned a meal I could whip one up in no time with food I already had in my pantry/fridge/freezer.
So today I am going to share with you the food I always have in my pantry, fridge and freezer so I can always create a delicious nutritious meal in no time!
*This list does not include fresh fruit or vegetables because I buy these weekly as needed 🙂
*There are also no images with this post because I am still working on organising my pantry. I have a small space to work with and am in the process of finding good storage solutions 🙂
Brown Rice – I always make sure I have brown rice so I can create a delicious stir fry or Mexican wrap.
Wholemeal Pasta – Who doesn’t love a comforting bowl of pasta, whether it’s vegan Alfredo, vegan mac and cheese or a tomato pasta bake.
Beans – Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and five bean mix are my favourite to have on hand so I can throw together a Mexican bowl, add to a stir fry for extra protein or simply roast in spices for a yummy snack.
Chopped Tomatoes – So easy to throw into a curry or hotpot. Most recipes I have call for chopped tomatoes so I always have these stocked up.
Coconut Milk – This is great to add to curries, or to soups to make them extra creamy.
Soy Sauce – This is such a versatile item to have in your pantry. I use it as a stir fry sauce or add it to brown rice while it’s cooking for extra flavour. You can also marinade tofu in it!
Peanut Butter – I use this on my toast, make it into satay sauce or use it as a dip for cucumber and carrot sticks.
Herbs & Spices – Cumin, paprika, turmeric, chili flakes, ground coriander, garam masala, curry powder, cinnamon and mixed herbs are all in my pantry constantly. It is so easy to add extra flavour to a dish by adding a few spices, or jazz up oatmeal with some cinnamon.
Oats – I use oats to make my homemade granola, add them to smoothies and to make oat bars. They can also be ground up and used as oat flour.
Raw Cashews – I use cashews a lot! In my granola or oatmeal, as a snack, and to make creamy sauces to add to curries. I also use them to make vegan cheeses.
Tahini – I mostly use this to make dressings, it can also be added to stir frys as well
Plant Milk – I love oat milk, but there are so many varieties – almond, soy, rice, hazelnut etc. I use this on my granola in the mornings, in smoothies, or in any recipe that calls for milk.
Hummus – I basically run on hummus. I have it on everything!
Frozen Fruit – I always have frozen berries such as blueberries, blackberries or raspberries as well as frozen mango. I use them to make my smoothies or add to oatmeal.
Frozen Vegetables – I always have a bag of mixed frozen veges in my freezer for days when I don’t have any fresh veges. It is so easy to add these to any meal. Frozen corn and peas are always in my freezer too.
Leftovers – I try and make big batches of soup and freeze it for nights when I don’t want to cook anything.
Bread – I always freeze my bread because I never eat the whole loaf before it goes off. Great for toast, sandwiches or toasted sandwiches.
And there you have it. I hope you found my pantry, fridge and freezer staples useful. It makes a huge difference if you have food you can easily turn into a meal and stops me from be naughty and ordering a take-out on nights where I have nothing planned for tea!
Do you have any staples that you always have in you pantry, fridge or freezer that I don’t?? I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment below 🙂
Much love xx