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#1 Old 06-14-2007, 10:43 AM
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Hi, you might have seen my thread from a few days ago with my questions about veganism. Well, I think I'm doing really well, no slip ups, but I was wondering if you could post some "staples" of things you have in your house at all times. My mom said she would take me shooping. Thanks!
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#2 Old 06-14-2007, 10:57 AM
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different rices, pastas, couscous, quinoa, oatmeal

variety of beans - canned or dry

nutritional yeast

vital wheat gluten

canned tomatoes

veggie broth

Braggs liquid aminos and tamari



peanut butter

non-dairy milk

lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies

Also nice to have - canned coconut milk, nuts, herbs and spices, frozen fruit for smoothies
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#3 Old 06-14-2007, 11:00 AM
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I like to keep:

canned beans

dried beans

various whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet... whatever I can find)

different types of canned tomatoes (usually diced in its own juice, stewed, paste and sometimes tomato sauce)

hot sauce (El Pato! )

silken tofu

refried beans (no-fat variety)

corn tortillas

flax seeds

raw nuts (currently almonds and sunflower seeds)

bags of frozen veggies (currently, asparagus mix, some Italian blend, sweetcorn, peas and mustard greens)

sliced olives

whole olives

2-3 types of vinegar

2-3 types of oil

different types of tea

curd style tofu (sometimes)


almond milk

peanut butter (Adam's is the brand we like the best)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Happy shopping!
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#4 Old 06-14-2007, 11:02 AM
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A nice bottles Thai peanut sauce might also be handy to have around.
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#5 Old 06-14-2007, 11:49 AM
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brown rice

canned beans


garlic (I like the kind that comes minced up in a jar)

tofu (mostly extra firm)

gluten flour (for making seitan)

soy sauce

vegetable broth

whole wheat pasta

whole wheat bread

olive oil

cooking spray

peanut butter

fresh fruits and veggies (salad greens, baby carrots, bananas, whatever else is in season)


frozen veggies (just in case)

soymilk (vanilla and plain)

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#6 Old 06-14-2007, 09:05 PM
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whole wheat bread

peanut butter





rice milk

one or two frozen dinners (vegan, obviously)

2 or 3 different types of fruits (bananas, apples, strawberries and blueberries at the moment)

fresh veggies (potatoes, corn, ect.)

TONS of frozen veggies (peas, soybeans, corn, spinach, different mixes, green beans)


canned beans (usually kidney and garbanzo)
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#7 Old 06-14-2007, 09:21 PM
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I think it depends on what you prefer to eat and how complicated you want to cook.

Looking over people's lists I see many items I couldn't live without.

And I see many items I would never use. So those aren't exactly "staples" to me.

Don't take any one list as Bible truth, but pick and choose what items seem like "staples" to you.

Here's some of mine:

fresh tofu and aseptically boxed tofu

curry paste, curry powder

coconut milk

jasmine rice

peanut, olive and coconut oil

veg. "chiken" broth


dry lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, black beans, pintos

couscous, quinoa, ww pasta, grits

tortillas - flour and corn

salsa, spaghetti sauce, frozen pesto sauce

nutritional yeast, cornstarch

frozen green chiles

peanut butter

Thai sweet-hot chile sauce

canned tomato products

frozen berries and fruit for smoothies

garlic, onions, white and sweet potatoes (did I say potatoes?)
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#8 Old 06-14-2007, 09:29 PM
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I have a few staples. Usually I just get inspired and decide to create something new so I will go out and pick up the ingredients that I want to use. Things I always keep on hand:


Earth Balance Buttery Spread

Frozen veggies


olive oil


canned beans (black or white)




brown rice

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#9 Old 06-15-2007, 12:45 AM
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I keep a lot on hand. I buy a lot of dry foods in bulk then store everything in big plastic tubs. I figure it can also double as my emergency food supplies in the event of a disaster.

Fruit and Nuts:

almonds, walnuts, apples, bananas, medjool dates, seasonal fruits (I freeze a lot of the fruit so I can use it later in smoothies)


red beans, black beans, lentils, split peas, textured vegetable protein

Grains & flours

Couscous, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, barley, white flour, whole wheat flour, bread crumbs, oat bran, oatmeal, corn meal, whole wheat spaghetti, popcorn, garbanzo bean flour (for making hummus)


Paprika, cayenne, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, chipolte, cumin, black pepper, oregano, basil, cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder


Extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, Earth Balance

Other stuff

Unsweetened soy milk, tofu, maple syrup, vanilla extract, yeast, baking powder, Ener-G egg replacer, natural peanut butter, canned unsalted tomato sauce, onions, garlic

I would say the most frequently used items are the garlic, onions, olive oil and crushed red peppers. They end up in a lot meals.

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#10 Old 06-15-2007, 03:17 PM
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Thanks for your help everyone! I've made my list.
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