Long-lasting vegan food staples you can keep in your fridge, freezer, and pantry so you can make healthy, nutrient-dense meals any time.
Not long ago I posted Emergency Plant-based Vegan Pantry Staples right after the coronavirus hit. Because it’s important to have items that will last and are healthy. So, how does this post differ? Good question.
As the current pandemic has drawn out I wanted to put together a broader, more precise and practical list of pantry, fridge, and freezer items that also had longevity.
All of these items give you the freedom to make super healthy and nutrient-dense meals and snacks without worrying about the ingredients. These are items I believe to be important and you should always keep on hand. These items are extremely versatile and there’s nothing you can’t make with them.
Here is just a sample of some delicious recipes:
- 30 Vegan Pantry Staple Recipes
- Whole Wheat Beer Bread
- The Best Fluffy Vegan Pancakes
- Garlicky Lemon Tahini Dressing
- Easy Black Beans
Stay safe, breathe, and eat!
Dried Lentils & Beans
Lentils and beans are some of the most nutrient-rich and healthiest foods you can have on hand. They are extremely nutritious and a great source of protein, fiber, and B vitamins.
Dried beans have an amazingly long shelf life of 10 or more years. And, they are super versatile. You can make veggie burritos, chilis, and soups.
Canned Beans & Lentils
The great thing about canned beans is they can be stored in the pantry at room temperature for 2–5 years. Perfect for adding to salads, soups, and chili.
Brown rice is a great food to buy in bulk and extremely nutritious. It also has a shelf life of 6-12 months. And, it's super versatile as a food. My family and I prefer the longer grains like Basmati or Jasmine.
Nut butters are great to keep around especially if you have children in the house. Not only are they delicious, but they're also super nutritious.
Just be sure to purchase natural seed and nut butters. Because most commercial brands contain sugar and extra added oils.
Spread on toast, add to your morning oatmeal, dip your veggies, or spread on fruit. They're a great source of healthy fats, fiber, and protein.
Items such as flour, baking powder, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar are great staples to keep on hand. You can make pancakes and other baked goods.
Spices like turmeric, cayenne pepper, rosemary, cinnamon, ginger, oregano, and cumin all offer health benefits. A great assortment of spices are essential for flavorful and healthy cooking.
Use maple syrup in place of sugar for baking and other recipes calling for a sweetener. Maple syrup is rich in antioxidants and contains small amounts of nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Frozen Fruits & Vegetables
Frozen fruits and veggies allow you to keep your freezer stocked with healthy foods that would otherwise not last. And, they are extremely comparable nutrition-wise to fresh produce.