My Pantry Staples

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When it comes to creating wonderful dishes and meals in a hurry that are as delicious as they are nutritious a bit of preparation and planning is key! Over time, I’ve learned to stock my pantry with items that are the foundation for my meals and can be used in a variety of recipes and in different ways.

Once you begin to collect your own favourite pantry items, you’ll see a few things shrink: your food bill, your shopping list and your meal planning woes. Suddenly, half your recipe ingredients are already on hand and all you need at the supermarket is fresh fruit & veg.

I have created My Pantry Staples as a downloadable sheet so that you can use it for your own shopping list.  I have divided the list into the main plant based food groups so that you can get familiar with how I eat from each of the plant based food groups to ensure that I get all of the nutrients that I need. You can download it at the bottom of this article. 

Wholegrains (aka carbs): But don’t be fooled by that old myth, not all carbs are equal!  Carbs from white bread does not equal carbs from oat porridge.

Beans & legumes:  A strong source of healthy protein and packed with fibre, beans are a staple in all of my main meals.

Nut & Seeds:  These are jam packed with healthy fats.  My favourite breakfast is chia seed porridge.  I use seed mixes for smoothies and chopped nuts for sprinkling onto porridges & salads.

Staples:  Sauces, spreads and other handy bits.

Your turn:  What’s in your pantry?  Have you made any changes lately?