15 Delicious Staples of a Plant-Based Pantry

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It’s so important to always have a well-stocked kitchen, especially a well-stocked plant-based pantry.

Believe it or not, a plant-based, vegan diet is the cheapest diet you can have.

You can buy so much of these products in bulk, and they last forever before they expire.

Having a well-stocked pantry makes food much more easily accessible.

And a well-stocked pantry means a lot of easy and lazy, yet super nutritious, meals.

Plus, you don’t have to run to the store every day in order to make dinner.

Why a Vegan Pantry?

There are so many benefits of living a vegan lifestyle.

Top Reasons:

1. Ethical Reasons: With every fiber of my being, I believe there is no humane way to kill an animal that doesn’t want to die.

It doesn’t matter if they’re “grass-fed” or “cage-free” – Plus, those are just fallacies with little to no merit.

A cat, dog, bunny, cow, chicken, turkey, goat all think, feel, and understand what’s going on around them. The only difference is people’s perception.

2. Healthier: Meat is classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization.

Eggs are filled with hormone on top of hormone, as they are essentially a chicken’s menstrual cycle.

And humans are the only mammal to drink milk outside of infancy, and it happens to be another mammal’s milk. 

3. More Natural: Our teeth and digestive system much more resemble that of a herbivore than an omnivore.

Plus, if we were natural omnivores, like dogs, we would most likely chase after the cute bunny in our yard and try to catch and devour it.

4. Cheaper: While processed vegan foods might be more expensive, other vegan staples (like rice and beans) are some of the cheapest foods you can buy.

If you’re looking for more reasons to go vegan, check out these vegan documentaries.

Whether you’re plant-based or a regular ole omnivore, your pantry could really benefit from having these staples.

15 Delicious Staples of a Plant-Based Pantry

1. BEANS

Beans are a huge staple for me. They’re so versatile.

You can have them in soups, chilis, salads, and pasta dishes. You can even turn beans into veggie burgers or hummus.

  • Black beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Cannellini Beans

You can buy them canned, or you can buy them dry to save a little money.

2. RICE / GRAINS

Another highly versatile plant-based staple is rice and other grains.

  • Basmati rice
  • Jasmine rice
  • Wild rice
  • Brown rice
  • Black rice
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Soybeans (Tofu)

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about eating rice.

I could literally eat it every single day and not get tired of it.

3. PASTA

Pasta is such a quick and easy meal

  • Angel hair
  • Fettuccine
  • Spaghetti
  • Penne
  • Ditalini

You throw a meal together with sautéed vegetables and pasta, or you can even just pour some marinara sauce on top of some for a satisfying dinner.

I love throwing some chili on top of pasta as well.

4. NUTS

I love adding nuts to my meals for an added crunch. 

  • Cashews (Whole unsalted, halves) – So good for creamy or cheesy sauces!
  • Almonds (Whole, slivered)
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios

Nuts are especially good with rice and salads.

You can even munch on a handful for a nice, quick snack.

5. SEEDS

Seeds can also be thrown over your meals to had more crunch and nutrients. 

Seeds are amazing in smoothies for added hidden nutrition.

6. TOMATOES PRODUCTS

You can get so many different types of canned tomatoes. 

  • Whole tomatoes
  • Diced tomatoes with onion and garlic
  • Diced tomatoes with green chili
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tomato paste

Tomatoes add so much flavor and depth to your dishes.

Throw a can or two in your pasta, chili, or Mexican dish.

7. OTHER CANNED GOODS

While fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables are tastier and healthier, canned goods are good in a pinch.

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Black olives
  • Diced green chilis
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Mushrooms

I love adding black olives to so many dishes for an added touch of salty goodness.

8. VEGGIE STOCK

Veggie stock is a huge staple in my pantry.

It’s a super straightforward way to had a lot of flavor in a short amount of time. 

Almost all my warm meals are made with some kind of veggie stock.

9. POTATOES

Hello. Yum.

  • Yellow potatoes
  • Idaho potatoes
  • Red potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes

Potatoes are so versatile, and you’d be a strange, strange person if you didn’t keep any in your pantry.

10. ONION

Onion is pretty much a staple in all of my recipes. 

  • Yellow onion
  • White onion
  • Red onion
  • Pearl onion

They add so much flavor, and they can be used in so many different types of dishes.

11. GARLIC

Garlic is also another staple.

I chop it up and throw it in everything.

I absolutely love roasting some garlic in the oven. It adds a whole new element to your dish.

12. BAKING INGREDIENTS

Vegan sweets are bomb. Plus, chocolate belongs in almost every dessert.

  • Flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut/cane/maple sugar
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips

13. TEA

Tea has so many benefits. I drink at least one cup a day.

For more tea I recommend, read 8 Amazing Teas for Anxiety and Depression.

14. SEASONINGS

Cooking without seasonings is like having Christmas without presents.

  • Salt-free Italian blend
  • Black pepper
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Chili powder
  • Ginger
  • Parsley
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Smoke paprika
  • Liquid smoke
  • Basil

Pro-tip: Trader Joe’s has some of the best seasonings ever. You’ve gotta for sure try Chile Lime and Everything But The Bagel seasonings!

15. CONDIMENTS

Once again, every pantry needs condiments. Condiments are life.

  • Soy sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Barbeque sauce
  • Salsa
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut oil
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Maple syrup

Plant-Based Pantry Staples

Incorporating more whole-food, plant-based items into your diet may seem intimidating at first.

However, by looking at the staples featured in this list, the switch is not as intimidating as you’d think.

What staples do you try to keep in your pantry at all times?

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