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<div style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#800080;"><span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';">So I went to Trader Joes today to try and stock my house with vegan goodies, and I couldn't figure out what to get? What are your staple items?<br><br><br><br>
And what are the best brands of soy cheese?<br><br><br><br>
♥ RiVeR</span></span></div>

2,081 Posts
Raw almond butter. Mmm.<br><br><br><br>
I <b>always</b> have:<br><br>
almond butter, tahini, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, bragg liquid aminos, a million spices, nutritional yeast, medjool dates, garlic, coconut oil, assorted nuts, water.

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The best vegan cheese is, IMHO, Follow Your Heart brand (Vegan Gourmet). Don't expect it to replace cheese if you've just weaned yourself from it, though.<br><br><br><br>
Fruit & veg (including canned/frozen fruit and veg, calcium-fortified orange juice, dried fruit, starchy veg like potatoes/yams, leafy greens, etc.)<br><br>
Grains (brown rice, wholewheat couscous, pasta, quinoa, oatmeal, etc.)<br><br>
Wholegrain breakfast cereals<br><br>
Wholemeal breads, bagels, pitas, muffins, etc.<br><br>
Nuts/seeds and nut butters<br><br>
Dried/canned beans and lentils<br><br>
Seasonings (tamari/Braggs, spices, garlic, oils, etc.)<br><br>
Baking supplies (wholemeal flour, oil/margarine, dried fruit, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, etc.)<br><br>
Nondairy milk and yogurt<br><br>
etc? It's midnight, I'm off to bed, eheh.

8,489 Posts
lots of fruit<br><br>
a mega amount of leafy greens<br><br>
olive oil<br><br>
avocadoes - if they are ripe<br><br>
jicama, when it's in season<br><br>
coconut oil<br><br>
i can't think of anything else right now.

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I second Jessica's Almond Butter recomendation!!<br><br><br><br>
You will always find almond butter in my fridge. I really do not try to stock my fridge anymore besides some leafy greens in my salad spinner. I found myself throwing stuff away because I would overbuy.<br><br><br><br>
You will always find tons of salt-free frozen veggies in my freezer and a bag of frozen blueberries and some frozen bananas for blueberry sorbet's.<br><br><br><br>
I always stock tons of various nuts and seeds as well as dried fruits. Orange fleshed potatoes are always common as well as some oatmeal. I usually always have 1-2 avocados laying around as well, do not buy more than this, unless of course you have a long trip to the store.<br><br><br><br>
Much more to follow from other members!

1,061 Posts
Vitamin Water<br><br>
Soy Milk (Not an every week item)<br><br>
Apples (most important to me)<br><br>
Seasonal Fruit (Peaches/Grapes/Oranges/Etc.)<br><br>
Onions (Red/White/Yellow)<br><br>
Mushrooms (White)<br><br>
Romaine Lettuce<br><br>
Earth Balance Margarine<br><br>
Peanut Butter (We usually keep 2 jars at a time!!)<br><br>
Olive Oil<br><br>
Garlic (Powder/Fresh Bulbs)<br><br>
Rice (Brown/White)<br><br>
Frozen Veggies (Mixed/Broccoli/Spinach)<br><br>
Frozen Strawberries (For Smoothies)<br><br>
Frozen Pineapple (For Smoothies)<br><br>
Canned Veggies (Grean Beans/Corn/Tomatoes)<br><br>
Dry Cereal/Oatmeal<br><br>
Mixed Nuts/Dried Fruits<br><br>
Whole Grain Breads/Pita<br><br>
Canned Soups<br><br>
Hummus (Not an every week item)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Boy, we are pretty boring and buy much of the same things every week. Apples, veggies and fruit for smoothies are every day meals.

1,104 Posts
<b>*Veggies</b> (we always have carrot, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, squash, dark green leafy veg like spinach or other greens, onion, garlic.. the others I get what looks good while shopping)<br><br><b><br><br>
*Fruit</b> (always have bananas, apples and/or applesauce, grapes and/or raisins, plums in season, strawberries in season.. I need to start stocking up on frozen berries...)<br><br><b><br><br>
*Non-dairy milk</b> (soy, rice, almond)<br><br><b><br><br>
*nuts</b> (walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts)<br><br><br><br>
*<b>nut butter</b> of some kind (usually peanut butter, but want to try almond butter...)<br><br><br><br>
*<b>Baking supplies:</b> whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, bread flour, vital wheat gluten, cornmeal, vegan sugar, vegan brown sugar, shortening, oils, vanilla extract, almond extract, vegan margerine/butter, baking soda, baking powder, spices, salt, Ener-g egg replacer, etc. (I could go on... avid baker)<br><br><br><br>
*<b>cereals</b> (or stuff to make granola)~ especially hot cereals this time of year. Cream of Wheat, plain oatmeal that I dress up when I make it, cornmeal for cornmeal mush...<br><br><br><br>
Pretty basic stuff at my house. Other than that, we always have pasta and sauce on hand, rice, beans, nutritional yeast... I stock up on some things, and it sucks when it all runs out at once, LOL.

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Gosh, we are a family of 5, I pack 3 lunches everyday so my staples are a plenty. These are just the basic, very basic that I need to be able to whip anything up with.<br><br><br><br><b>fridge:</b><br><br>
nut butters<br><br>
jelly, preserves<br><br>
soy sauce<br><br>
mustard & ketchup<br><br>
salad dressings<br><br>
deli "meats"<br><br>
lots of fruits<br><br>
lots of veggies<br><br>
frozen waffles<br><br>
mock meats<br><br>
fries (for those quick dinners/lunches)<br><br>
nice nuggets (aka "chicken" nuggets)<br><br>
nutritional yeast<br><br>
flax seeds<br><br>
tons of bread (I always have at least 6 loaves in there)<br><br>
frozen veggies<br><br><b>pantry:</b><br><br>
all types of flour<br><br>
cream of wheat (my kids love this, too)<br><br>
lots of cereal<br><br>
dry & canned cooked beans<br><br>
crackers & triscuits<br><br>
brown, white, jasmine, calrose rice<br><br>
canned tomatoes<br><br>
cinnamon crackers<br><br>
animal crackers<br><br>
granola bars<br><br>
dried fruits<br><br><br><br>
This is all I could think of off the top of my head. These are our "basics". I didn't included spices because I don't have time for that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Snacks are indeed staples in my house so that we can have the 3 kiddos snack when they come home before homework.

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pasta, random fruit and veg including salad ingredients, hummus, bread, pasta sauce, and coffee.<br><br>
I don't always have all of that stuff on ahnd, but I definitely should.<br><br><br><br>
And my favourite brand of "cheese" is cheezly. But I only buy the products labelled "extra melting".

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here's mine: pasta, rice, bread, peanut butter, jelly, canned beans, canned mushrooms, marinara sauce, tomato sauce, tomato (fresh or canned), frozen green veggies, onions, carrots, soy milk, tofu, bananas, spices, flour, sugar, other baking supplies

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Other than Ketchup and Mustard, I can't think of anything you really must have at all times.</div>
<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:">

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Hrm, I am a serious 'pantry/fridge stocker' <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:"> I don't feel complete unless I can lay my hands on something and whip up a fantastic, vegan meal! I *HATE* having to dash out for an extra ingredient, grr.<br><br><br><br><b>PANTRY</b><br><br>
- Canned tomatoes/beans<br><br>
- Pasta/rice/gnocchi<br><br>
- Abundence of spices, sauces and condiments<br><br>
- Cereals<br><br>
- Long life soy milk<br><br>
- Baked beans<br><br>
- TVP<br><br>
- Flours, sugars etc<br><br>
- Organic bread<br><br>
- Nuts and seeds<br><br><br><br><b>FRIDGE</b><br><br>
- I order a box of fresh organic veges every week which include - zucchini, borcolli, carrots, lettuce, capsicum, squash, cauliflower, bok choy...<br><br>
- Fruit, fruit and more fruit! Particularly apples, dates, pears, oranges, nectarines and grapes, mmm.<br><br>
- A jar of garlic and ginger<br><br>
- Nuttlex, tofutti cream cheese, hommus<br><br>
- Cold water (!!!)<br><br><br><br><b>FREEZER</b><br><br>
- I cook ALOT more than I need to each evening, and freeze it into little containers. I either take these to work, or we use them as 'emergency foods'.<br><br>
- Frozen berries, frozen vegetables<br><br>
- Soy-cream<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
I love cooking, and I love my pantry and fridge. I love nothing more than a healthy' looking kitchen, ROFL! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br><br><br>

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Peanut Butter, bread, lots of vegetables, veg stock 'cause I love making soup, frozen chips for my lazy days, marge, soya milk, cereal.

108 Posts
Whole Grain Bread<br><br>
Frozen Bananas<br><br>
Protein Powder<br><br>
Wheat Germ<br><br>
Soy Sauce<br><br>
Peanut Butter<br><br>
Canned Beans<br><br>
Dry Lentils<br><br>
Canned Vegetables<br><br>
Frozen Vegetables<br><br>
Vegetarian Bullion Cubes

281 Posts
Enriched ricemilk, Earthbalance pseudobutter, Vegetarian 3-6-9 omega oils, organic jellies and fruit juices (I like to make my own organic carrot juice), bottled water.

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I have a family of 5 and we keep just about all of the above in our house. The one thing I didn't see was pesto concentrate? Have you seen that ever? It looks like a tube of toothpaste and has no cheese in it. I add it to Veganaisse to make a dip, spread it on grilled cheeze sandwhiches before grilling, or drop dabs across pizza.

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I live with 6 other students, so currently my part of the fridge contains: red pepper hummus, half a can of sweetcorn, leftover pasta, a carrot. and thats it being full! (meant to have 2 fridges but one of them is broke and freezes things instead o_O) i tend to live off cupboardy/frozen things, or only buy/make fridgey stuff enough for one meal, woo! oh, and my boyfriends cheese is in there. i dont touch it though i made sure it was vegetarian, hehe.<br><br><br><br>
theyre all omnis (er, carnivores more like) - great weight loss strategy. nothing stops appetite like opening your fridge to find a nice piece of "Thick Back Bacon" next to your hummus.<br><br><br><br>
is it reaalllly neccesary to keep ketchup in the fridge? i never do. mines been in my cupboard since september open and hasnt killed me yet! its mouldy and i should bin it isnt it, please dont say that =(

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How long do the following products keep fresh in the 'fridge:<br><br><br><br>
Earth Balance margarine<br><br>
Vegan Gourmet cheddar<br><br><br><br>
Thanks in advance to whoever answers! :]
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