Groceries!

Okay, here are some of the staple items that I try to keep on hand. This is not a definitive list, or a recommended list, it just happens to be mine.

Produce

Onions
Garlic
Ginger – I keep it in a bag in the freezer. It never goes bad and you can just peel and use as needed.
Apples – for green smoothies and occasionally dishes

Refrigerated

Almond Milk
Extra-firm tofu
Tempeh – but I usually keep it in the freezer until needed.
Yve’s vegan pepperoni – I eat these as snacks along with sprouted grain bread, and throw them on frozen pizza
Daiya – Mozzarella is a must. I always have a bag of cheddar too. Haven’t tried the pepper jack yet, but it seems promising. I keep the Daiya in the freezer so it’s always ready.
Veganaise – vegan mayo. I don’t use it very often, but it’s good to have depending on your needs.
Earth Balance – vegan butter. I don’t use it very often, but it’s good to have, depending on your needs.
Vegan Cream Cheese – I like Follow Your Heart brand. This is good for when I go on a bagel kick. Or a sprouted grain toast with cream cheese kick. I don’t buy it very often, because it goes bad quickly, kinda like the real deal.

Frozen

Greens – Spinach, Kale, and mixed bags of collards/mustard greens and such for green smoothies and adding to soups, couscous, pasta, etc.
Fruit – Mango, Pineapple, and I let bananas get ripe and freeze them in halves, for green smoothies

Veggie mixes – for stir frys, like bell peppers and whatever other combinations you enjoy.

Meat substitutes – Gardein Beefless tips and/or Vegetarian Plus pepper steaks

Meals – I like to keep Amy’s meals & burritos on hand for when I’m in a hurry, or to take to work when it’s gonna be a hectic day.

Pantry

Grains – short grain brown rice, at least one kind of quinoa, and sometimes millet, wild rice, etc.
Canned Legumes – I try to stay stocked on garbanzos, black, pinto, refried, baked beans, etc.
Dry Legumes – Lentils and Split peas are quick cooking, unlike their bean friends, so I skip the cans and make them myself.

Snacks – 365 baked woven wheats, organic tortilla chips, fig newmans
Dry Fruit – Raisins! I eat lots of raisins and use them in my smoothies for sweetness. Craisins too.

Nutritional Yeast – I buy it from the bulk bin now because it’s cheaper. I put this in a lot of things.

Vital Wheat Gluten – for making seitan, and things like TVP meat balls & loaves stick together, gives wheat breads more spring, and extra protein too.

Ground Flax Seed – I keep it in the freezer. This is your egg replacement for baking needs, and a source of those Omega fatty acids

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – Available in the bin section too. You can replace half of your regular flour with this, as opposed to regular whole wheat flour which makes things pretty dense. Experiment.

TVP! – Cooks up in the time it takes you to boil water, plus a couple minutes to soak in. This is your fake meat crumble, and it’s mad cheap. Please buy organic to avoid frankenstein soybeans. It’s defatted soyflour and what they use commercially to bulk up/cheapen ground beef.

Sprouted Grain Bread

Spices Okay, I do have A LOT of spices, but these are the ones I use most often

Salt – sea salt and table salt
Pepper – fresh ground, regular and smoked
Grill Seasoning, great for fake beefy stuff like Gardein & Vegetarian plus
Cayenne & Crushed Red Pepper flakes, I like heat
Chili Powder
Garlic & Onion powder, for some things, better than fresh, or for when my crisper drawer is lookin’ empty
Thyme – great for making chicken-esque flavored seitan
Curry Powder
Turmeric – the thing that makes curry powder yellow. you can get buy with one or the other, if necessary for some reason.
Cinnamon
Ginger
Oregano, Basil, Parsley – I shake oregano onto my pizzas and into my red sauces

Bottles

Liquid Smoke – you need this to make that TVP tasty
Vegan Worcestershire – no anchovies
BBQ Sauce
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or tamari (for gluten-free peeps) or good ole reduced-sodium soysauce
Hotsauce!

Ketchup & Mustard – Organic ketchup, tomatoes have thin lil skins. I like dijon mustard, but it never hurts to have options. Dijon is nice mixed with some agave for a “honey mustard” dipping sauce.

Agave syrup – I bought a ton of the raw kind on Amazon. I use it for green smoothies and it works great in mojitos!

Maple syrup – sugar alternative for baking. fairly good friends with french toast, if you do that ever. PS – if you do, you’ll have to buy some garbanzo/chickpea flour.

2 Responses to “Groceries!”

  1. Leslee June 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM #

    Hello! I am so enjoying reading your blog, thank you for sharing. What is TVP?

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