My Ideal (animal free) Pantry

Of course it is necessary to shop regularly for fresh fruit and vegetables and bread, but there is something nice about having a well stocked pantry. This would mean not having to rush to the supermarket to buy one or two essential ingredients for a recipe. This list covers a lot of the foods that are included in animal-product free recipes, as well as foods that are ethical and nutritious alternatives to meat and dairy products.

So here is the list which is divided into various sections:

Grains

  • Jasmine rice
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Quinoa
  • Pearled barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats (quick/rolled)

Noodles

  • Normal egg-free noodles
  • Soba noodles
  • Flat rice noodles
  • Vermicelli
  • Pasta: Penne, fusilli, spaghetti, linguine

Flours

  • (Wholemeal) plain flour
  • (Wholemeal) Self-raising flour
  • Chickpea flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal
  • Polenta

Legumes

  • Lentils (dried & canned)
  • Chickpeas (dried & canned)
  • Soy beans (dried)
  • Kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • White beans

Nuts

  • Almonds (& almond butter)
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts (& peanut butter)
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Pine nuts

Seeds

  • Sunflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Ground flax
  • Chia
  • Sesame

Dried fruits

  • Raisins/sultanas
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Apricots
  • Coconut flakes
  • Banana chips

Dried sea vegetables

  • Wakame
  • Nori
  • Kelp
  • Kombu
  • Hijiki
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella

Sauces

  • Tamari, soy sauce or organic coconut amino sauce
  • Satay sauce
  • Tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • Egg-free mayonnaise
  • Tomato sauce
  • Green curry paste
  • Massaman curry paste
  • Pesto
  • Applesauce

Vinegars

  • Balsamic
  • Rice
  • Apple cider

Oil

  • Canola
  • Olive
  • Coconut
  • Sesame

Sweeteners

  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut sugar
  • Raw sugar

Other

  • Canned coconut milk (both full fat & light)
  • Unsweetened almond/soy/coconut milk
  • Jackfruit
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Falafel mix
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Curry powder
  • Fruit jams

Snacks

  • Dairy-free dark chocolate
  • Plain rice crackers

Drinks

  • Various types of tea
  • Coconut water
  • Kombucha

…I also included fridge, freezer & fruits and vegetables

Fridge

  • Almond/soy/coconut/oat/rice milk
  • My life biocheese (made of coconut oil)-Block, slices, shredded
  • My life biobuttery (made of coconut oil)
  • Coconut yoghurt
  • Tofu (both silken & firm)
  • Tempeh
  • Seitan
  • Hummus
  • Miso paste (both light & dark)

 

Freezer

  • Edamame
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Frozen fruits (berries, cherries, coconut chunks, banana (for blending to make ice-cream))

 

Fruits & vegetables

  • Avocados
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemons, limes (for their juice)
  • Mushrooms (fresh &/ dried): Portobello, oyster, enoki, shiitake
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Beanshoots
  • Greens: Kale, bok choy, spinach, rocket

 

I hope this list is helpful to some extent. My pantry does not include all of these products, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. Feel free to provide any suggestions of other foods to include via the comments.

 

 

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An Animal Lover’s Purpose in Life

Like many of us, I grew up eating meat without considering where it came from. It was only recently that I became aware of the suffering that goes on behind animal exploitation. This led me to make the decision to devote my life to helping animals.

I realised that I not only love animals, but I also respect them. I believe that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness regardless of differences in intelligence or abilities, solely because just like us, they have emotions and can feel pain.

Through this blog, I want to inform others of the cruelty behind the meat, dairy, egg, fashion and various other industries that often involve animal cruelty. And thereby, I seek to inspire other animal lovers to lead a more compassionate lifestyle.

Just the thought that simple decisions that one makes on a daily basis can help reduce the suffering that animals go through gives me the strength to continue helping animals.