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#1 Old 02-25-2015, 02:45 PM
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What staple food do you have/Things you buy on a regular basis

Hello everyone,
My fiance and I are currently finishing off the food in our pantry and refrigerator (Along with our body products) And are transitioning to natural, organic, and healthy (Or atleast going to give it a shot). I wanted to know what staple things/brands you use that are organic/healthy like must-haves (Peanut butter, coconut oil, milk,etc) Along with things you buy on a regular basis or things you like to get every once in a while. I'm open to everything because I want to become as healthy/organic and eco friendly as possible one step at a time.
Thank you for all your help
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Also where you get things along with what you get would be a big plus! I like shopping at farmers markets, walmart/Sams, Aldis, and save a lot.
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I get a big bin of vegetables and fruit delivered to my door every week. I pretty much live off that the whole week. Often I will buy some lentils and/or chickpeas from the bulk area of the grocery store.

As for body products, I use Giovanni and Nature's Gate for my hair, Yestocarrots for my face, and Dessert Essence for my body.

I buy everything just at my local grocery store or co-op.
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I shop Aldis a lot. They've gotten more organic produce as well as canned items like beans and tomatoes.
I also buy garbanzos, lentils, and other beans in bulk at Whole Foods when I go maybe three times a year. I like getting different spices from their bulk section in small amounts to try. Try black salt (it's more grey/pink colored) if you like the taste of eggs. That can make tofu taste so weirdly eggy!
Right now they have these good veggie patties that are vegan! You get four for $2.50. I really like the chipoltle black bean, it has good ingredients too. I've bought a 3 boxes even though I so often make my own. I don't want them to go away, they're a special item.
Aldi gets specials like Simply Organic quinoa for $3.99 a lb., Brown rice was just over a dollar for 2 pounds, now they have jasmine rice at like a dollar a pound. I'd always used brown, but I just love this jasmine!
I like their organic spaghetti sauce, tomato and basil.
I mostly quit making my own hummus because I like theirs.

I use Better than Boullion soup base, NO chicken, for sauces, soups, flavoring. It has the same tastes as chicken boullion without the nastiness of chicken- just the herbs.
Speaking of soup, I often grate veggies and sautee them before adding the water and herbs. That makes an instant broth.
Braggs amino acids I always have. Like it better than regular soy sauce
I get tempeh and tofu from Trader Joes.
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That reminds me of a good idea, if we can find good substitute meats, I can try it out and if my fiance accepts it maybe we can continue on that path. It's going to be tough though since he LOVES meat..I dont really mind either way.
Thank you both, I'll have to go around checking deals and see what we can get. Does anyone know how Red mills products are? They look good, but I've never tried anything from them.
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Some of them are pretty good and some of them can be... bland.

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Which have you tried that you enjoy?
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Sweet potatoes
several bundles of leafy greens always on hand (turnip greens, kale, collards, spinach, romaine lettuce, chard, bok choy are my favorites)
lentils (red, brown), yellow and green split peas (love love love homemade vegan split pea soup)
canned pumpkin
tofu silken or extra firm or sprouted
frozen berries (fresh when in season)
always some bananas on hand and freeze a few each week for smoothies
bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions
whole grains in bulk (always have millet, quinoa, bulgur wheat, buckwheat groats, polenta, wild and brown rice on hand)
Pea protein powder
apples, oranges, pineapple, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, whatever fruit is in season but these are my favorites
always have blanched almonds and raw sunflower seeds and chia seeds on hand as well as grinding some flaxseeds to have on hand
blackstrap molasses (for hot cereal, smoothies, with my pumpkin, with Asian sauce or homemade bbq sauce etc) (excellent source of calcium and iron)
nutritional yeast
spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic powder, dried basil and oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, marjorum, sage, thyme, dill, stevia leaf
balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, raw apple cider vinegar
tahini for salad dressing and hummus
salsa
unsweetened applesauce
plant milks (flaxseed milk, almond milk)
coconut and olive oil
braggs liquid aminos (I like to spray it on plain popcorn for a snack)
popcorn
pure cocoa powder
maple syrup pure
corn flour

Those are all staples I keep around all the time. I think I listed about everything I have lol.

I buy mostly from mainstream groceries but once per month buy hard to find stuff at my local Whole Foods Coop (such as tempeh, nutritional yeast, millet, buckwheat groats, coconut yogurt, flaxseed milk, sprouted tofu, specialty vegan breads)

I also utilize farmers markets in summer and of course have grown my own garden for vegetables and herbs from June to October each year for the last four years.

Some favorite homemade dishes are soups (wild rice potato, lentil cabbage saurkraut potato, split pea, carrot soup, sweet potato soup, bean vegetable soups); tofu chocolate banana pudding; almond coconut milk homemade vegan mayo; vegetable/bean/millet or brown rice dishes; green smoothies with berries and frozen bananas and chia seeds; pumpkin/protein powder/banana mixture for breakfast; homemade bread topped with baked beans; mango and raw whole almonds for breakfast or snack
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That reminds me of a good idea, if we can find good substitute meats, I can try it out and if my fiance accepts it maybe we can continue on that path. It's going to be tough though since he LOVES meat..I dont really mind either way.
Thank you both, I'll have to go around checking deals and see what we can get. Does anyone know how Red mills products are? They look good, but I've never tried anything from them.
Do you mean Bob's Red Mill? Like all kinds of grains, baking mixes, beans ... in cello bags?
I find them at discount stores at good prices--and at natural food stores for about $2.00 more!
I get their vital wheat gluten to make seitan with at about $5.00 a lb.
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i shop in catagories.

Protiens- beans (dry and canned), peas, lentils, tofu (I buy shelf stable tofu a lot), kashi protien cereal, and soy protien shakes, dry roasted edemame,some eggs and high protien dairy like cottage cheese/greek yogurt(I am a vegan, yet)

Calcium rich foods- We drink a lot of calcium fortified OJ, eat yogurt, use sliced cheese, etc.

Fruit- whatever is cheap/in season/ on sale. I do a lot of dried fruit, frozen fruit, and OJ this time of year.

Veggies- whatever is cheap/on sale/ etc. Always fresh or frozen. Oh, plenty of potatoes as well. we love potatoes.

grains- I buy plain cereals, oatmeal, popcorn (for the air popper), rice, pretzels and pastas,bread products.

Fats- Hummus, salad dressings (mostly for the children), nuts/nutbutters, margarine spread, cooking spray

convenience- canned beans, canned soup,jarred spaghetti sauces, frozen pizzas, etc. things that make being a veggie easy. (especially if your feeling a little worn out or under the weather)

Treats- Cookies, pretzels, crackers, tortilla chips (i have kids, ya'll) some times frozen fruit popsicles, or sorbet, rarely pastries or ice cream.
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Bananas are my biggest staple.
I go through about a bunch a day.

I bring apples with me everywhere incase I feel hungry.

I always like to keep my freezer stocked with backup frozen vegetables, since you can't always count on the produce isle to be fresh and affordable.

Potatoes are a must, they are filling, you can cook them 1000 different ways, never tiring.

Lentils, if you aren't making lentil tacos idk what you are doing with your life. (also lentil soup!)

Rice, something you can buy in bulk and add to so many dishes!

And of course, whatever fresh fruit is in season!
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Vegan patties from Costco.
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I am from UK so brands are probably different...

Healthy staples include: soya mince, lentils, tofu, pasta, rice, carrots, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, apples, rice milk (rice dream), coconut milk (coconut dream), soya milk, meridian palm free peanut butter, bread

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Some of my current staple foods/Things I eat on a regular basis: Pasta, rice, potatoes, falafel, beans, mushrooms, kale, spinach, cabbage, fava beans, hearts of palm, bananas, whole wheat sliced bread, onions and garlic (I'm Portuguese, we put onions and garlic on everything :P), tofu, rice milk or almond milk.

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Oh I forgot falafel! I eat that a lot!!!
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Oh I forgot falafel! I eat that a lot!!!
I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to falafel. I eat almost every day, if not every day.

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I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to falafel. I eat almost every day, if not every day.
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Everyday items:
Brown rice; basmati and short grain (for curries, pilafs and patties)
Red lentils and whole lentils (for patties, stews and pies)
Wholewheat noodles (stir fries and tofu dishes)
Dried red kidney beans or black turtle beans (for patties, chilli and goulash)
Cannellini beans or dried haricot beans (for baked beans, patties and rustic Italian dishes)
Onion, carrots, celery and garlic (for almost every stew or soup)
Potatoes (baked jackets, boiled and mashed, sauteed, potato cakes, in stews and soups, oven chips, pie topping)
At least one of the following: quinoa, wholewheat couscous, bulgar wheat, wheat berries (for salads and side dishes)
Frozen whole leaf spinach, sweetcorn, petite pois, green beans, broad beans
Green cabbage/collards
Sweet peppers and aubergine
Fresh lemons
Mushrooms
Cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, radishes
Tinned tomatoes (lots of them)
Apples, bananas, clementines, pears
Tinned fruit in juice
OJ or apple juice
Lots of spices and seasonings
Soya sauce
Wholemeal flour
Rolled porridge oats
Sunflower oil and olive oil
Wholewheat pasta; spaghetti, fusilli, lasagne

Specialist items:
Soya milk
Ground flax seed (egg sub)
Silken tofu
Firm tofu
Nutritional yeast
Vegetable bouillon powder
Agar agar
Oat cream
Soya yoghurt
Chickpea flour
Vital wheat gluten flour

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Sweet potatoes
several bundles of leafy greens always on hand (turnip greens, kale, collards, spinach, romaine lettuce, chard, bok choy are my favorites)
lentils (red, brown), yellow and green split peas (love love love homemade vegan split pea soup)
canned pumpkin
tofu silken or extra firm or sprouted
frozen berries (fresh when in season)
always some bananas on hand and freeze a few each week for smoothies
bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions
whole grains in bulk (always have millet, quinoa, bulgur wheat, buckwheat groats, polenta, wild and brown rice on hand)
Pea protein powder
apples, oranges, pineapple, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, whatever fruit is in season but these are my favorites
always have blanched almonds and raw sunflower seeds and chia seeds on hand as well as grinding some flaxseeds to have on hand
blackstrap molasses (for hot cereal, smoothies, with my pumpkin, with Asian sauce or homemade bbq sauce etc) (excellent source of calcium and iron)
nutritional yeast
spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic powder, dried basil and oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, marjorum, sage, thyme, dill, stevia leaf
balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, raw apple cider vinegar
tahini for salad dressing and hummus
salsa
unsweetened applesauce
plant milks (flaxseed milk, almond milk)
coconut and olive oil
braggs liquid aminos (I like to spray it on plain popcorn for a snack)
popcorn
pure cocoa powder
maple syrup pure
corn flour

Those are all staples I keep around all the time. I think I listed about everything I have lol.

I buy mostly from mainstream groceries but once per month buy hard to find stuff at my local Whole Foods Coop (such as tempeh, nutritional yeast, millet, buckwheat groats, coconut yogurt, flaxseed milk, sprouted tofu, specialty vegan breads)

I also utilize farmers markets in summer and of course have grown my own garden for vegetables and herbs from June to October each year for the last four years.

Some favorite homemade dishes are soups (wild rice potato, lentil cabbage saurkraut potato, split pea, carrot soup, sweet potato soup, bean vegetable soups); tofu chocolate banana pudding; almond coconut milk homemade vegan mayo; vegetable/bean/millet or brown rice dishes; green smoothies with berries and frozen bananas and chia seeds; pumpkin/protein powder/banana mixture for breakfast; homemade bread topped with baked beans; mango and raw whole almonds for breakfast or snack
I'm moving into @Naturebound's kitchen!
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Brown rice
Rolled oats
Whole wheat flour
Barley
Dry beans
Lentils
Chickpeas
Vegetables- mostly just what ever is seasonal from my garden, includes: tuscan kale, siberian kale, mustard greens, rutabaga greens, kohlrabi greens n bulb, gobo, zucchini & squash leaves & fruit, okra, leeks, snow peas, etc, etc.
Apples or pears
Bananas
Onions and garlic
Chili peppers- including habanero relatives for topping spice, spicy paprika relatives for mixed in spice, and vegetabley flavored varieties for adding to gumbo and curry
Edible weeds- some go well in oatmeal and theyre more nutrient packed than domesticated vegetables, and absurdly easy to grow
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Bananas are my biggest staple.
I go through about a bunch a day.

I bring apples with me everywhere incase I feel hungry.

I always like to keep my freezer stocked with backup frozen vegetables, since you can't always count on the produce isle to be fresh and affordable.

Potatoes are a must, they are filling, you can cook them 1000 different ways, never tiring.

Lentils, if you aren't making lentil tacos idk what you are doing with your life. (also lentil soup!)

Rice, something you can buy in bulk and add to so many dishes!

And of course, whatever fresh fruit is in season!
Ditto all of this added with beans! Both canned and dried.

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