Vegan Kitchen Essentials


Every kitchen has it’s go-to items, staples if you please. What kinds of items are found in the kitchen seems to vary from family to family, but pretty much everyone has condiments, grains, breads, pasta, etc. The vegan kitchen is no different, but some of the essentials are a bit different.

My kitchen essentials has gradually changed over the past six months. I learned quickly when I changed to a plant-based diet that I would have to gradually change what was in my pantry and fridge. Mainly for financial reasons! Overhauling everything at once would be overwhelming.

My pantry, cupboards, fridge and freezer are now much more vegan friendly than a year ago, but are also still a work in progress. I live in a teeny tiny rural town and some vegan basics can’t be found locally. Those items have to wait until Thanksgiving when I go visit my mother and have access to both a Wegman’s and a Trader Joe’s!

Just like standard American kitchen essentials vary, so do vegan kitchen essentials, but I’d like to share mine with you.

Pantry/Dry Goods

  • Beans; Cannelini, Garbanzo, Black, Dark Red Kidney, Light Red Kidney, Navy, and Pinto
  • Vinegars; Apple Cider, White, Red Wine, Balsamic, Rice
  • Oils; Canola, Corn, Extra Virgin, Sesame, Grapeseed, Coconut
  • Grains; quinoa, barley, couscous, grits, rolled oats, steel cut oats, bulgur wheat
  • Whole Wheat Pasta, Hidden Vegetable Pasta (spaghetti, macaroni, ziti, lasagna noodles, etc.)
  • Rice; brown basmati, long grain enriched, quick brown rice
  • Flours; whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, rye flour, vital wheat gluten, corn meal, masa
  • Vegetable Bouillon Cubes (I use Rapunzel brand), Veggie Broth carton
  • Agave & Maple Syrup
  • Tahini
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Plantation Blackstrap Molasses
  • Canned; Tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, whole tomatoes, pumpkin
  • Dulse powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Living Intentions Salad Booster
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Nuts; cashews, walnuts, almonds
  • Pitted & Chopped Dates
  • Nut butters; almond, cashew & peanut (crunchy and smooth varieties)
  • Homemade spice blends; Italian Dressing seasoning, taco seasoning, tofu tenders seasoning, Pumpkin Pie spice blend
  • Various Teas; I really like Yogi Bedtime


  • Extracts; vanilla, rootbeer, maple, almond
  • Florida Crystals Pure Sugar Cane
  • Stevia
  • Sucanat
  • Carob Chips
  • Carob Powder
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Molasses
  • Corn Syrup
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Coconut Milk
  • Unsweetened applesauce


  • Red River Hot Cereal
  • Cascadian Farms Organic Granola
  • Thomas’s Bagels; currently Pumpkin Spice, blueberry & corn


  • Blue Diamond Almond Milk Original, unsweetened
  • Minute Maid 100& Pure Orange Juice
  • Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs
  • Stonyfield Farms Organic O’Soy Yogurt
  • Greens; kale, spinach, bok choy, collards, swiss chard
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Earth Balance Tub and Sticks
  • Lemon & Lime
  • Fresh Ginger


  • Single serving portions of vegan meals I’ve made (soups mostly)
  • Variety of frozen berries; raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, mango chunks
  • Spring Valley Cold Milled Organic Ground flax seeds
  • Variety of frozen veggies; collard greens, Asian medley, etc.
  • Frozen Bananas
  • Arnold’s Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread


  • World Table Exotic Chips Blend
  • Nature’s Harvest Veggie Crunchers
  • Clif Builder’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


  • Homemade ketchup
  • Mustards; whole grain, spicy, Dijon, yellow
  • Dressings: Marzetti Simply Dressed Strawberry Poppyseed & Red Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg; ground & whole
  • Ginger
  • Allspice
  • Ground cardamom
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Ground mustard & mustard seeds
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley flakes
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Dill Weed
  • Bay leaves
  • Sage
  • Curry powder
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Garam masala
  • Sriracha, Tapatio & Red Hot
  • Onion & Garlic Powders
  • Red Pepper Flakes & Bhut Jolokia flakes
  • Granulated Chipotle
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Lemon & Garlic Pepper
  • Black Peppercorns & Peppercorn Melange
  • Herbamare
  • Coarse ground Kosher Salt
  • Sea Salt
  • Celery Salt

I also always have fresh fruits and veggies. You will always find bananas no matter what! I also like to have apples, pears, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, etc.

Frequent veggies include tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers (green, red, orange, yellow), carrots, celery, broccoli, sweet potatoes, yellow or white potatoes, and cauliflower.

I currently have butternut and acorn squash as well.

What are your vegan kitchen essentials?


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