Meatless Monday: Kitchen Staples

I don’t have a new recipe to share today, but I thought I’d give you a peek into my pantry :)

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On 2nd thought, how about a quick run-down of what I keep stocked? If you saw pictures inside the fridge/freezer/pantry you’d think I was lying about being meatless- my husband is far from vegan and we share the same kitchen ;)

This is definitely not everything I have, but the most important things that I always keep stocked:

Produce Aisle:

  • Tomatoes (mostly Roma)
  • Tomatillos
  • Onions (mostly red)
  • Cilantro
  • Limes and Lime juice
  • Jalapenos
  • Avocados and Guacamole
  • Celery
  • Romaine
  • Squash (green and yellow)
  • Mushrooms
  • Squeeze Cilantro
  • Bananas
  • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
  • Scallions
  • Garlic
  • Brussels Sprouts

Organic Aisle:

  • Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues
  • Unsweetened vanilla coconut (or soy, or almond) milk
  • Oats
  • Tahini
  • Agave Nectar
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Non-dairy chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand)
  • Unsweetened Cocoa
  • Quinoa
  • Vegetable broth
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Ground Flax/Chia
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans)
  • Polenta (cornmeal)


  • Cumin
  • Hot Mexican Chili Powder
  • Coriander
  • Garlic Powder
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Olives
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Hungarian Hot Paprika
  • Grey Poupon
  • Cinnamon
  • Peanut butter
  • PAM spray
  • EVOO
  • Pure Maple syrup
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Vinegar (white, red wine, rice, balsamic)

International Aisle:

  • Taco Seasoning
  • Diced Green Chilies
  • Diced Jalapenos
  • Refried beans (check labels- not all are vegan)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Salsa (in case I run out of my homemade!)
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Mai Fun (rice) noodles
  • Sesame Oil
  • Canned tomatoes (fire-roasted, Ro*tel)
  • Artichoke hearts


  • Veggies (corn, spinach, potatoes)
  • Boca burgers (original, Spicy Chik’n)


  • Coffee
  • Vitamins (Flintstones chewables :))
  • Nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts) and Seeds (pumpkin)
  • non-dairy creamer
  • Sesame sticks
  • Hummus

One of these days I’ll make a complete list and put it on a link page for easy access.

How about you? What’s on your list so often that you don’t even bother writing it down anymore? 

6 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: Kitchen Staples

  1. We just got back from vacation, so this grocery go around was a complete restock haha got a lot of the same things!!

  2. Half of my grocery cart is produce: bananas, salad greens, apples, whatever fruit is in season, baby carrots, whatever fresh veggies are on sale. My daughters stopped drinking dairy milk, so I buy the dark chocolate almond milk for them, unsweetened soy for me. I stay stocked up on cashews (for “cheesy” recipes), almonds and pumpkin seeds for snacking, canned unsalted beans such as black beans, cannelini beans, and chickpeas, unsalted veggie broth, canned organic diced tomatoes, frozen veggies, frozen blueberries for my oatmeal and smoothies….holy moly! I could go on and on. Who says vegans can’t eat anything? LOL And even though my husband and daughters still eat meat, it’s still a very small portion of the freezer/fridge now, which makes me one very happy vegan! :-)

    • I love the dark chocolate almond milk too! Sounds like we get a lot of the same stuff also. I’ve still not tried making “cheese” out of cashews. I just sprinkle nutritional yeast on my food ;) My husband actually takes up most of the room in the freezer with his frozen pizzas, hot pockets, french fries, and ice cream, but as long as I have enough room for my frozen corn, that’s my biggest concern! Heh.

      • I love the cashew “cheese”. I make a really good tomato basil sauce with it to go on pasta that is family approved! I like nutritional yeast, too, but cashews really do add a nice cheesy flavor! Give it a try sometime!

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