Plant-based kitchen pantry items I use every week & how to freshen up your pantry this summer
My kitchen pantry essentials:
◦ Coconut sugar- I love having coconut sugar on hand as it is a great alternative to refined white sugar, and it adds a nice caramel-like sweetness to baked goods. As with any other form of sugar, I would recommend using it in moderation, and be sure to look at measurement equivalents when using it as an alternative for white sugar in a regular recipe.
◦ Goji berries- Goji berries are a source of iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, and more! They are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and are said to have many benefits, including: improved metabolism, improved eye health, improved mental wellbeing, increased sleep quality, and can be helpful for restoring balance post-periods.
◦ Cacao nibs- Cacao nibs are highly nutritious, and they provide a slightly bitter, dark chocolatey taste to baked goods, smoothies, oatmeal, and more!
◦ Rice- I like to keep both white and brown rice stocked in my pantry as I have found that different types of rice work well for different recipes! As with a lot of these items, I try to buy both my white and brown rice in bulk in order to reduce plastic use and limit packaging.
◦ Lentils and beans- I usually buy dry lentils and beans in bulk in order to cook them from scratch when I can, however, store-bought options are also a go-to for me (be sure to look for non-BPA lining when buying these items canned). Lentils and beans are a good source of protein, and they both go great in a variety of recipes!
◦ Nutritional yeast- If you are vegan or follow a plant-based lifestyle, this is probably a staple in your household as well! Nutritional yeast is a source of vitamin B-12, and it adds a "cheesy" flavor to any dish you use it in!
◦ Cashews- Cashews are a good source of magnesium, fiber, and healthy fats! I like to keep these on hand as I make cashew cream almost weekly (to use in pasta dishes, salad dressings, and more)!
◦ Oats- Oats a great whole grain that can be used for a variety of purposes! I like to use oats to top off smoothies, make oatmeal, and incorporate into baked goods! They are an inexpensive choice for making gluten-free flour, and all you need in order to make this type of flour are some oats and a food processor (or blender)! Simply blend together the desired amount, making sure to wait long enough for the oats to break down completely, and use as needed!
◦ Pumpkin seeds- Pumpkin seeds are a great source of iron and perfect for adding a crunch to your oatmeal or smoothies! As someone who struggled with anemia and low-iron levels in the past (especially before going plant-based), I try to incorporate pumpkin seeds into my meals at least a few times a week as an added source of iron.
◦ Coconut oil- coconut oil can be used for many things- from baked goods all the way to hair & skin care! It's a bit trickier to buy coconut oil in bulk, so instead I try to purchase a larger container to avoid multiple smaller plastic containers.
◦ Chocolate chips- I'm a big chocolate fan, so I almost always have vegan chocolate chips somewhere in my pantry! When I can, I use Lily's dark chocolate baking chips because they are both vegan and naturally sweetened!
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