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5 staples of my plant-based pantry

Interested in doing a pantry overhaul? We’re sharing our five must-have plant-based pantry staples that not only taste delicious but are super healthy and versatile.

Keeping these items in your pantry will mean that you always have ingredients on hand to make a nourishing and yummy plant-based meal.


5 Must-Have Pantry Staples


#1 Lentils

Lentils are a pantry staple for so many reasons. For one, they are a great source of protein and fiber, and they also make a great meat swap if you are looking for a plant-based way to whip up a “meat” sauce.

Lentils also make a delicious addition to your go-to Taco Tuesday recipe, so be sure to keep them on hand to enjoy in many recipes throughout the week.



#2 Quinoa

Quinoa is a must-have plant-based pantry staple that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner (or even all three). It makes a great alternative to rice if you are looking for something that will add a bit more protein and fiber.

Keep quinoa on hand to enjoy with stir-fry’s, salads, or use it to make a maple and cinnamon quinoa bowl for a nourishing and filling breakfast.


#3 Dried Beans

Sure, canned beans are a great pantry staple, but getting a big bag of dried beans is cost-effective, and making them yourself is way more delicious. Plus, if you have an Instant Pot, making beans yourself is actually really easy. 

Don’t have an Instant Pot and doing the regular old boiling method? Make a big batch of beans on a day you have some spare time and freeze them in individual serving sizes to enjoy throughout the week. You’ll thank yourself when you have an easy protein add-in ready to go.


#4 Nuts & Seeds

Having a variety of nuts and seeds on hand makes it easy to add some healthy fat and plant-based protein to your salads or to mix up a batch of homemade trail mix. Some great picks include almonds, cashews, and walnuts.

Stock up on some chia, flax, and hemp seeds too — they make an easy way to pack in a hefty dose of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids into your meals.


#5 Canned Coconut Milk

Canned, full-fat unsweetened coconut milk is another delicious and versatile plant-based pantry must-have. It makes a great dairy swap and can be enjoyed so many ways.

From enjoying it as a healthy and dairy-free coffee creamer to using it in place of milk in your go-to baking recipes, coconut milk is a must-have pantry staple.


Keep Your Pantry Stocked With The Basics to Make Delicious Plant-based Food

Turning your pantry plant-based doesn’t have to be overly complicated — you can start with just five basic items. These five plant-based pantry staples make it easy to whip up delicious and healthy plant-based meals.

The best part? These pantry staples are inexpensive and easy to find at just about any grocery store, so go ahead and stock up next time you head to the store. You’ll see just how easy plant-based cooking is with these staple items.

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