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I thought this would be useful for newbies to the veg*an diet: Let's have a running list of items for the kitchen and pantry. This may be especially useful for those on a food budget who still want to eat well and even be creative in the kitchen. I'll start off with the following:<br><br><br><br>
1. A variety of fresh fruits in season, preferably organic. This includes berries (unless they're outrageously expensive, which they often are.)<br><br>
2. A variety of vegetables, including dark greens such as kale, preferably organic.<br><br>
3. Hummus. If your local market(s) sell different varieties of hummus (garlic, roasted red pepper, etc.), even better.<br><br>
4. Nut butters, such as peanut butter and/or almond butter.<br><br>
5. Whole wheat/whole grain pita, sandwich bread, crackers.<br><br>
6. Falafel mix.<br><br>
7. Cereals, especially those that contain flax. If you have bulk bins where you're going, you might get a little of each from each cereal bin.<br><br>
8. Soy Cream or Soy Delicious soy ice cream whateverflavoryouwant (live a little!)<br><br><br><br>
drinkies:<br><br><br><br>
9. Fruit juices.<br><br>
10. Soymilk, rice milk if you're avoiding moo milk. Soy milk and rice milk are both available in asceptic packaging, meaning that they're shelf stable and don't have to be refrigerated for several months before you open the package.<br><br>
11. Sparkling water. This is useful if you find fruit juices to be too sweet; you can use the sparkling water to dilute the fruit juice. Voila! Mangoade!<br><br><br><br>
If you can't or won't eat soy products, you may be able to find rice-based nondairy ice cream, usually by Rice Dream.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: oops, almost forgot:<br><br><br><br>
12. A variety of canned beans. They're packed with protein and can be used to make quick and cheap snacks and meals.<br><br>
13. Tortillas. You can get 'em in corn, white flour or wheat flour. Throw a little cheese and salsa into one, heat for a minute or two, and easy snack or lunch!
 

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braggs liquid aminos--better than soy imo<br><br>
miso--white miso has a variety of uses, but other varieties are good as well<br><br>
tvp--people debate about safety of it, we use it to make great chikn nuggets as well as to thicken soups.<br><br>
nutritional yeast--oh so many uses, search it here on VB!!!<br><br>
whole wheat pita bread<br><br>
whole oats and oatbran combined with pureed very ripe bananas cooks up to a great hot breakfast<br><br>
dried beans--cheaper than canned and easy to prepare--imo<br><br>
soymilk powder--blend with frozen fruit for a great smoothie
 

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I got canned versions and bagged versions, because I never like being caught in a bind if things get crazy around here. I recently cleaned out my pantry and gave stuff to a food drive, so that left lots of nice room for my beans. I like to keep more than one can of the same thing, so it's not gone, when I eat one. So, I have several cans of:<br><br><br><br>
Hormel Vegetarian Chili<br><br>
Krogers Vegetarian Beans (tasted EXACTLY like pork&beans, no pork needed)<br><br>
Progresso Vegetable Lentil Soup<br><br>
Bushes chick peas<br><br>
PS organic great Norhtern (Private Selection/Kroger)<br><br>
PS organic Tri-Bean Blend<br><br>
cannellini<br><br>
red kidney beans<br><br>
fat free refried beans<br><br>
-and basically, any bean I saw that passed the ingredient test for having no lard/broth/gel in them.<br><br><br><br>
Then I have a whole shelf full of little bags of various dry beans, like adzuki, split red lentil, black eyed peas, chick peas, black beans, and HamBeens 15 bean soup(flavor pkt is soy based), and Kedem Split Pea Soup Mix, which I like to add celery and onion to. It comes in a long clear little plastic tube pkg.<br><br><br><br>
I also have various little bags of things like Rye Berries, brown rice, buckwheat groats, pearled barley, quinoa flour. In the fridge I keep things like grnd flax, nutritious yeast, whole wheat flour, egg replacer, soy flour, vital wheat gluten.<br><br><br><br>
Several varieties of whole wheat pasta, and a new one for me: WACKY MAC, which is those spiral noodles that are 3 different colors, and made from veggies & wheat. I used them with the nut. yst sauce I made, and my husband loved it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I have various cartons of veggie broth, eventhough I also have the veggie cubes, just in case. Today I used a carton broth and had to use a cube also, because it tasted weak to me. I don't think either would have been enough by itself. I also keep those shelf cartons of various milks, -soy, hemp, almond, hazelnut, and some little single serve that I can tear out of the house with, should the need arise. I think I'm going to start stocking the organic milk ones for my hubby, because he is not using his half gallon fast enough, and I don't drink it, and it gives the dogs diarhea, so maybe I'll just get some single serve for him to use on his cereal, one would probably last 2 times, at least.<br><br><br><br>
I like to keep some V-8, and other juices, eventhough I don't think the ones in plastic have vitamins because of light exposure, still like to have a few things, as I grew up learning to stock a full pantry. I keep large cans of tomato sauce to use with the canned kidney beans for home-made chili.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, I found containers that look a lot like oatmeal containers, but were full of dry soymilk, so bought those, in both regular and chocolate, so I wouldn't have to worry about running out of milk... sometimes my car goes dead, or my knee quits on me. I usually buy just one half gallon of cold organic soy milk at a time, so if anything happened, I could run out. I also have to be careful about going out in cold weather, as I have a condition where I get hives when I get cold, so in winter, I don't have to go out, really!<br><br><br><br>
I keep several boxes of cereal on hand, in my favorite, and in some varieties, and oatmeal, cream of wheat.<br><br><br><br>
Oil, fat free Italian salad dressing (I prefer to add the oil of my choice to it) canned fruit, pumpkin, sorghum, rice syrup, agave, no sugar jams.<br><br><br><br>
I have 2 large drawers for fruits and veggies, but can't keep my veggies down there because it's too cold in there and it ruins them. So, in the left drawer, it is totally full of different bags of stuff - raw brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nut mixes. The veggies live stuck around, more toward the top of the fridge where they won't get frozen and turn to mush.<br><br><br><br>
In the right side drawer I keep all my fruit, washed and ready to eat. Lots of bags of dried fruit, some in fridge, some not.... like dates, plumsweets, dried plums, pineapple, mixed fruits.<br><br><br><br>
hmmmmmmm..... there's a lot more, but I'm guessing your' getting tired of reading this!
 

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I just recently decided to become vegetarian, and a lot of the recipes I've seen have had nutrient flakes or some variation in them. What are these? Are they essential to a healthy vegetarian diet, or something it's just good to have on the shelf?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Nutrtional Yeast. Do not confuse with brewers yeast, not the same at all. The nutritional yeast is yellow in color and makes things taste cheesey, while supplying nutrientsw and protein. Only some brands are certified to contain B12, eventhough many list it. The problem is, B12 is light sensitive and if it is in a scoop tub at the store, or a clear packet, like by Bob Red Mill came in, you can discount the B12 being useful in it. I see their links aren't working, so you'll have to look up the products yourself, but here's the info on it:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/vegansources" target="_blank">http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/vegansources</a>
 

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I just recently decided to become vegetarian, and a lot of the recipes I've seen have had nutrient flakes or some variation in them. What are these? Are they essential to a healthy vegetarian diet, or something it's just good to have on the shelf?<br><br><br><br>
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I've been veg for a year and a half, and I don't even know if my supermarket sells nutritional yeast, because I've never looked. Obviously, it's not mandatory. One of these days, I do need to learn more about cooking, though.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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I always keep something I could heat or cook very quickly like 5 to 10 minutes on hand. Sometimes when I am extremely busy and starving, I don't feel like spending half an hour preparing a meal. Then I would go out to the nearest restaurant and if they don't have any vegetarian options available, I would order their regular omni options. So far, that's my major downfall.<br><br><br><br>
Things I usually stock up on:<br><br><br><br>
Nut butter and bread<br><br>
Ramen noodles (Top Ramen's Oriental Flavor)<br><br>
Refried bean<br><br>
Canned or dehydrated vegetable soup<br><br>
A big bag of salad and a bottle of dressing.<br><br>
Aseptic boxes of soy milk and tofu<br><br>
Miso<br><br>
Couscous<br><br>
Cereal<br><br>
Organic Sugar. They're minimally processed and vegetarian. I use Florida Crystals.<br><br>
Sundried tomatoes for quick and easy pasta with olive oil.<br><br>
Ener-G egg replacer for baking.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I've been veg for a year and a half, and I don't even know if my supermarket sells nutritional yeast, because I've never looked. Obviously, it's not mandatory. One of these days, I do need to learn more about cooking, though.</div>
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Regular markets usually don't carry them in my experience. If it does, it's probably in the health food section. I usually see them in the bulk food area of health food markets. But I have seen markets selling those Red Star bottles too.
 

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I always keep something I could heat or cook very quickly like 5 to 10 minutes on hand. Sometimes when I am extremely busy and starving, I don't feel like spending half an hour preparing a meal. Then I would go out to the nearest restaurant and if they don't have any vegetarian options available, I would order their regular omni options. So far, that's my major downfall.<br></div>
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I find Boca burgers are good for that at home. Also, I tend to keep a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly, and a loaf of bread in my desk drawer at work (next to the Clif bars).<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Oh man, I CAN have oriental flavored ramen, huh? hehehehe<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the input! I appreciate it!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:">
 

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organic whole wheat pasta, such as that by deboles and tomato sauces for fast fixes, veggies to go in with them<br><br><br><br>
potatoes<br><br>
garlic<br><br>
onions<br><br>
kale<br><br>
seasonal fruits<br><br>
salsa<br><br>
hummus<br><br>
pickes!!<br><br>
some sort of to go stuff, such as nuts (if not allergic) dried fruits or wasabi peas<br><br>
extra virgin olive oil, and canola oil<br><br>
canned tomatoes<br><br>
canned beans (I've turned against dried beans as the cost of cooking gas nowadays is more expensive to rehydrate dried beans, especially if there is a canned goods sale)<br><br>
salad makings and some mad good dressings<br><br>
a decent breakfast cereal<br><br>
rice milk (or soy milk)<br><br>
whole grain bread<br><br>
earth balance buttery spread<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I'm sure there's more <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My starter list:<br><br><br><br>
1) A can of tomato sauce<br><br>
2) A can of chopped stewed tomato<br><br>
3) Couscous and/or quick brown rice<br><br>
4) A box of whole-wheat pasta<br><br>
5) A bag of frozen vegetables<br><br>
6) A package of tofu<br><br>
7) Two cans of different beans<br><br>
8) A bottle of salad dressing or seasonings<br><br>
9) An assortment of fresh vegetables<br><br>
10) An assortment of fresh fruit<br><br><br><br>
You can mix and match the items in this starter list to make the following meals:<br><br><br><br>
Stir-fry (1/8/5/6/3)<br><br>
Pasta (1/4/5/7)<br><br>
Big Salad (6/7/8/9/10)<br><br>
Chili or Stew (2/5/7)<br><br>
Quick Soups (2/3/4/5/6/7)<br><br>
Antipasto Platter (4/5/6/7/8/9/10)<br><br><br><br>
Expand you options with some tortillas (cheeseless pizza, taco dip, wraps with bean dip or tofu slices) and potatoes (baked and topped with taco dip or dip, cut up into soup etc) and more seasonings. Lots to cook! I freeze canned or cooked beans in individual containers and can, in five minutes, toss them with some couscous and frozn vegetables for a nearly instant stir-fry or soup.
 

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Oh man, I CAN have oriental flavored ramen, huh? hehehehe<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the input! I appreciate it!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"></div>
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Just make sure it's the Top Ramen brand by Nissin. The Maruchan brand has beef flavoring in it, I believe.<br><br><br><br>
Also, if you have an Asian market near you, I would check out their variety of noodles there. Most of the Asian markets I've been to have several veg*n flavors of ramen/rice noodles.
 

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what i have always<br><br><br><br>
-soy dessert<br><br>
-sweet chilli sauce<br><br>
-herbal teas<br><br>
-a variety of fruit<br><br>
-raw almonds<br><br>
-raisins/dried fruit<br><br>
-pickles,jalapenos<br><br>
-olive oil<br><br>
-tinned fruit<br><br>
-multigrain bread<br><br>
-lots of salad vegies :lettuce,carrot,cucumber,onion,garlic,stirfry mixes<br><br>
-diet coke (i know i know..but i love soda!)<br><br><br><br>
and what im starting to buy<br><br><br><br>
-veggie hot dogs (cut up into salad)<br><br>
-wholewheat pasta<br><br>
-natural organic peanut butter/or nut butter- i LOVE almond butter tho!<br><br>
-fresh salsa<br><br><br><br><br><br>
thats all i can think so far..<br><br>
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I panic if I don't have tomato puree, I use it in everything! Great for soups, sauces, a stir-fry sauce, sandwich spread, pizzas...
 

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Quinoa, the quick-cooking, high-protein grain. Hot, cold, sweet, savory, whatever.<br><br><br><br>
Peanut butter + soy sauce/Bragg's=quick peanut sauce for noodles & tofu<br><br><br><br>
Tofu Scrambler mix (Fantastic brand) + firm tofu, salsa, avocado<br><br><br><br>
walnuts, pumpkin seeds-- put them on anything
 

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I always have- in my pantry:<br><br><br><br>
Brown basmati rice<br><br>
Wild rice<br><br>
Couscous<br><br>
Whole wheat and rice pasta<br><br>
Granola cereal<br><br>
A few kinds of soup: split pea, tomato, lentil, black bean, butternut squash, etc.<br><br>
Canned chickpeas<br><br>
Dried lentils (red are my favs)<br><br>
canned tomatoes<br><br>
Basic pasta sauce<br><br>
tortilla chips<br><br>
Carrs' table water crackers<br><br>
Raincoast crisps- expensive, but so worth it!<br><br><br><br>
Spices:<br><br>
salt, sea salt, pepper, cumin, curry, seasoning salt, curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano, chili peppers.<br><br><br><br>
Fridge:<br><br>
garlic<br><br>
onions<br><br>
a few salad dressings<br><br>
good balsamic vinegar<br><br>
Braggs liquid aminos<br><br>
Ketchup<br><br>
Mustard<br><br>
Rooster hot sauce<br><br>
peanut butter<br><br><br><br>
Kale<br><br>
Lettuce<br><br>
Spinach<br><br>
green onions<br><br>
apples<br><br>
Veggie chick'n burgers<br><br>
Whatever else was on sale that week<br><br>
Almonds and some other assorted nuts<br><br>
milled flax seeds<br><br>
Some kind of yogurt or soygurt<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Freezer:<br><br>
Amy's Bean and rice burritos<br><br>
Frozen broccoli (3 bags)<br><br>
Frozen spinach<br><br>
Some frozen berries (raspberry and Strawberry)<br><br>
A frozen pizza or two.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Those are the basics for me.<br><br>
Other things in my kitchen were either on sale, or just something I felt like having.
 

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off the top of my head:<br><br><br><br>
couscous<br><br>
lentils<br><br>
refried beans<br><br>
nuts<br><br><br><br>
fresh cherries<br><br>
peaches<br><br>
oranges<br><br>
apples<br><br><br><br>
pickles<br><br>
olives<br><br>
kale<br><br>
cherry tomatoes<br><br>
baby carrots<br><br>
spinach/ baby spinach<br><br>
a bag of salad<br><br>
raspberry vinaigrette<br><br><br><br>
soy pudding<br><br>
yogurt<br><br><br><br>
refried beans<br><br>
tortilla<br><br>
hummus<br><br>
peanut butter<br><br>
whole grain bagels and english muffins<br><br>
pita chips<br><br>
wheat thins<br><br><br><br>
amy's frozen foods<br><br><br><br>
crystal light lemonade mix<br><br>
tropicana or simply orange orange juice<br><br>
silk vanilla soy milk
 

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My house is never without<br><br><br><br>
IN THE PANTRY/SHELF STABLE:<br><br><br><br>
-steel cut oats and/or red river cereal<br><br>
-organic instant/rolled oats (my dad and brother don't have the patience for steel cut or red river, and I use it as a yummy snack/dessert, or when I'm in a rush in the morning..)<br><br>
-dried fruits: dried prunes, dried raspberries (these two are a must) dried apricots, apples, pears, peaches, cranberries, raisins, dessicated coconut..<br><br>
-walnuts (these should be kept in the freezer or fridge if eaten slowly, but we go through cups of them daily!), almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.<br><br>
-LOTS of soy milk and almond milk--we have a trolly they fit PERFECTLY in.<br><br>
-some sort of crackers (puffed rice cracker thin sort of things, only often Ill get kamut or w/e)<br><br>
-cereal. (puffed wheat, ezekiel..)<br><br>
-sweetener!!<br><br>
-our herb pantry is always stuffed, but that goes without saying.<br><br>
-vegetable broth (I dont use bouillon cubes, PC organics has an amazing broth that I keep handy.)<br><br>
-dried beans (of ALL sorts--my mum and I will buy tons when we see it.. lentil, garbanzo and kidney beans being the most common)<br><br>
-canned beans (also of all sorts, but mostly garbanzo, aduki, and kidney.)<br><br>
-gluten<br><br><br><br>
ON THE COUNTER (perishable, non-refridgerated):<br><br><br><br>
-onions, garlic, ginger.. (how can you cook without?)<br><br>
-fresh fruit (apples and bananas are staples. In the cooler seasons all citrus fruits are always there--oranges become the bane of my existance. Avocado, tomato, and mango are there more often than not. All the other wonderful fruits out there rotate)'<br><br>
-olive oil, soy sauce, several types of vinegar (ok so they're pretty shelf stable, but its used sooo much that they have a place on our counter)<br><br><br><br>
IN THE FRIDGE:<br><br><br><br>
-maple syrup, jam, ketchup, mustard, applebutter. (These things make my life..)<br><br>
-all natural peanut butter<br><br>
-pre-washed, organic baby lettuce mix (and often pre-washed baby spinach and/or arugula too!)<br><br><br><br>
IN THE FREEZER:<br><br><br><br>
-frozen corn, frozen peas, and any other frozen veg that was on sale (lifesaver!)<br><br>
-frozen fruit (for smoothies and just to snack on!--frozen blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, papaya, mango, peach.. whatever, its all good. ^__^ Some I get when its on sale, some I cut up myself.)<br><br>
-frozen tofu. (though know that i've realized I'm sensitive to soy, this might be a REALLY last resort...)<br><br>
Those are the things I go shopping for ASAP once they run out, or will stock up on when they're on sale.<br><br>
-ground flax seed (kept in the freezer to avoid going rancid)
 

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Best meal ever (if you like Mex food):<br><br><br><br>
*Flour tortilla (soft corn works too, but flour is better for the purposes here)<br><br>
*Shredded cheese (or melt-able soy cheese)<br><br>
*Ground "beef", if desired (Smart Ground makes a good one)<br><br>
*Black beans, drained<br><br>
*Taco seasoning<br><br>
*Sour cream (or soy sour cream)<br><br>
*Louisiana Hot Sauce (or taco sauce, or none! whatever)<br><br>
*White rice (brown rice works too if you don't do white)<br><br><br><br>
Okay, so mix the rice, beans, ground "beef," cheese, and a couple dashes of hot sauce together. Slop it onto a tortilla, roll it up like a burrito, and stick it in your George Foreman grill (or equivalent). Let it get toasty and grilled so the cheese gets melty and holds it shut. Cut in half, put on a plate with a plop of sour cream, and dip & eat! I swear by this. It's super fast and soooo good. I've cooked it for omnivorous friends, and if I don't mention anything, they don't even know there's no meat. The taco seasoning just makes you think "grilled taco." If you want, you don't even need to add the meat substitute--this is just as yum with just the rice, beans and cheese! =)<br><br><br><br><a href="http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e290/sbeck01/MMM-3.jpg?t=1215739618" target="_blank">http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e2...g?t=1215739618</a>
 
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