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Must Haves for a Veggie Pantry October 12, 2007 7:38 AM

What would you say are the key staples for a veggie pantry?

Thanks for your feedback!

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 October 14, 2007 11:31 AM

Great question, Anandi!
(And by the by, this is my first post here, tho Laurie F. invited me ages ago! *waves hi*)

  • Nutritional Yeast (of course! It has to be at the top.)
  • Granola ingredients ... chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, dried fruits
  • vege bouillon or broth
  • Clif bars
  • Couscous
  • Tabouli
  • Sushi Nori
hm. Kind of a wimpy list. Anyone care to add?!

Happy Day,
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anonymous Warning: I am NOT a real cook! October 14, 2007 4:04 PM

I use way too many pre-packaged foods, but here's what I keep in the cupboard:

black beans
vegetable boullion
grapeseed oil
Green & Black's cocoa powder
Dr. McDougal's Vegan soup
Mori-Nu Tofu
Red beans & rice
Brown Rice
Protein powder (rice and hemp)
tomato sauces
potatoes and yams
rice cakes
corn chips
Fantastic Foods Taco filling
raisins and other dried fruit
Nana's cookie bars

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 October 15, 2007 7:38 AM

Thanks for your suggestions!

Lots of frozen veggies and edamame...don't want things to spoil too quickly!  Gotta love Trader Joe's!

Ahhh, must get the nutritional yeast and other goodies!

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A few more pantry provisions October 16, 2007 8:52 AM

Hi, Anandi, and thanks for the great question! (And Rift, thanks for your first post and a big back atcha!)

A few of my pantry staples are repeats from Rift and Amelia's lists, because I think they bear repeating.

Nutritional Yeast for sure!
Organic brown rice (mostly short-grain, which I use in my sushi, but long-grain too)
Nori sheets
Dried shiitake mushrooms
Beans (all kinds, dried and canned)
Steel cut oats & Oat groats
Shelled hemp seeds
Sesame seeds
Agave nectar
Doctor Kracker Seeded Spelt Flatbread
Canned organic diced tomatoes
Tinkyada organic brown rice pastas
Food For Life's brown rice tortillas
Organic Whole Wheat and Whole Wheat pastry flour
Mori-Nu Organic Silken Tofu
Spices, lots of spices (I frequently grind my own to have them as fresh as possible)
Organic, Fair Trade teas

Shall we do a thread of must-have kitchen gadgets?
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 October 17, 2007 6:43 AM

Ooooh yes! I just moved so I'm trying to get it all together!

It's great having veggie everything now! Veggie fridge, freezer, pantry

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oh hey! October 20, 2007 9:04 AM

I was just glancing through the lists again and realized everyone had forgotten Egg Replacer! Ener-G and Red Mill makes this stuff. Very handy for quickly converting a non vegan baking recipe.

Happy Day,
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Good catch, rift! October 21, 2007 2:51 PM

Yep indeed, I've got Ener-G egg replacer in my pantry, though I use a variety of egg replacers (ground flaxseeds mixed w/water, tofu, etc.) Some replacers work better than others in certain recipes, so I try different ones from time to time. But Ener-G is a great pantry item!

(PS I haven't forgotten the kitchen gadget suggestion thread, just haven't had time! Will try to do that today.)
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 November 14, 2007 9:12 AM

Oohh I did pick up some Energ-G egg replacer and can't wait to try it.  I've used banana (where applicable), corn starch and arrowroot powder as substitutes.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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