Stocking my Vegan Pantry

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This is the hardest part of my “transition” to being fully vegan.

Especially since noone else in the house is switching.

So I’m confronted with a pantry full of forbidden non-vegan ingredients when I am searching the kitchen desperately for something to eat. I feel like I should stick red dots on everything that’s Vegan-Approved so I can just scan the fridge and look for the dots. (That’s not a bad idea…..*putting “red dots” on the grocery list for today*)

SO! In the spirit of sharing my journey to a plant-based diet, here’s my list of things I need to get at the store today (not including the TOTALLY non-vegan cake ingredients I need to buy for my wedding cake this weekend…). It’s probably a good thing I don’t live near a Whole Foods so I can support my local Co-Op!:

  • Veganaise
  • Fruit. Lots and lots of fruit.
  • Veggies. LOTS OF VEGGIES.
  • soy yogurt
  • Tofutti “Better Than Cream Cheese
  • lentils
  • Herbamare
  • “butter”
  • Green Goddess dressing
  • agave syrup
  • “cheese”
  • silken & extra firm tofu
  • spinach pasta
  • “sour cream”
  • garam masala
  • Ener-G egg replacer
  • corn chips
  • tortillas
  • bagels
  • ezekiel bread
  • Coconut Bliss ice cream? (if I can convince Mille to splurge on this, since she’s buying the groceries!)

And this whole vegan switch is making me want to go to Portland. REALLY BAD.

Resources:

  • Grant Butler with the Oregonian went vegan for a month. Great article on stocking the vegan pantry here.
  • Abby Patten, a twitter friend of mine, helped me out and sent a me a LOAD of suggestions, from books to check out to recipes to blogs to specific brand foods to try
  • Great blog posts on what you need to have on hand in your kitchen here and here and here
  • Nice article from Vegetarians of Washington on what you need in your diet and why.
  • Great site on veganism, killer list on what non-perishables you need for your vegan pantry, and books and tools as well.
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