How is everyone doing these days? This post is a little check-in to make sure we are all still sane in the wake of the COVID 19 regulations. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it trickier to follow recipes to a tee because if I’m missing one ingredient, you won’t find me running out to the grocery store. Below is a list of healthy recipes from the blog that can be created with vegan pantry staples. I hope they are helpful and have you looking forward to getting messy in the kitchen.
- Peanut Butter Granola Clusters
- Pina Colada Smoothie
- Vegan Breakfast Tacos
- Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
- Vegan Three Bean Chili
- Vegan Onion Rings
- Buffalo Vegan Taco Bowl
- Lemon Dill Chickpea Vegan Sandwiches
- Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff
- Crispy Tofu Bowl
- Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
- Vegan Chocolate Mousse
some vegan pantry staples for the win
Everyone’s pantry looks a little different so I provided quite the list of vegan pantry staples, so hopefully, you do have most of the ingredients for one or two of these recipes. And if you have the ingredients for all of them, well then you are just showing off. In all seriousness, I hope these recipes provide a little guidance and support on what you could be eating. I rounded up 12 pantry meals. The goal is to get your mouth watering and get you excited to cook up a storm during this time.
1. Peanut Butter Granola Clusters
This Peanut Butter Granola Clusters recipe is a darn good way to start your day off. Especially when you are holed up in your apartment on week 6 of quarantine. Your hair might be a little frizzier, and you probably don’t bother wearing a bra anymore (except when you have to do a ZOOM chat). But all that being said, you most likely have the ingredients to make this granola in your pantry. Most of the ingredients I would call vegan pantry essentials. If you don’t have the “right” nuts, it’s a versatile recipe that is very forgiving with substitutions. Maybe your fashion can go out the window (thanks COVID19) but don’t let your meals take a hit. This recipe is simple. It will have you eating like a Queen, without looking the part…
2. A Pina Colada Smoothie for when you wish you were at the beach
I wish this summer you could find me on the beach sipping a pina colada but instead, you will probably find me looking like a mess, suntanning in my backyard sipping on this Pina Colada Smoothie. Some people’s vegan pantry staples are in the fridge and freezer too. I mean frozen fruit lasts FOREVER. So it just made sense for me to add a light and refreshing smoothie snack to this list of vegan pantry essentials. This smoothie has minimal ingredients and is going to keep you smiling when the government announces that we will be on lockdown until 2025.
3. Let’s not tacoabout COVID anymore
Just a little pathetic pun for you, but hopefully it made you chuckle. The next beaut of a recipe for your pantry meals are these Vegan Breakfast Tacos. Remember, I was talking about fridge and freezer staples. Well, this one requires tofu but if you are a vegan, you most likely have some in your fridge or at least aren’t a stranger to it. Beans, yams and tofu make up the better part of this recipe. Throw a few packs of tortillas in the freezer for a rainy day (or a quarantine) and you’ll be set. If you don’t have cashews on hand for the cashew drizzle, just load these tacos up with extra avocado and salsa, and Bob’s your uncle.
4. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
Now we are getting into some hearty pantry meals to fill your belly up. This Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect comfort food when the world is all topsy turvy. This recipe is the king of essential pantry ingredients. Lentils, potatoes, peas, carrots, veg broth and a little bit of flour-I should think you probably have most of those ingredients. A lot of root vegetables are used in this recipe. Hallelujah to that because root veggies last a long time and don’t go bad too quickly. Lentils should be in every vegetarian’s pantry as well. They are our best friend, loaded with protein and fibre, you can’t go wrong.
5. Vegan Three Bean Chili
The great thing about this Vegan Three Bean Chili is that it can be two beans, three beans or four beans. This bean chili has vegan pantry staples written all over it! It’s a versatile dish that is open to changes. If you don’t have the same beans on hand that this recipe calls for, don’t sweat it. This chili will turn out great with whatever beans you have on hand. I know we are moving away from comfort winter dishes (at least in North America). But it’s always good to have a dynamic chili recipe on hand for when those summer rainstorms hit.
6. Vegan Onion Rings
Ok, by now you should all be aware of my obsession with these Onion Rings. They are my favourite. Onions are like potatoes, they last quite a while. So if you are doing 2-week grocery shops or more, onions are the way to go. Onions are usually the supporting character in a dinner meal. They add amazing flavour but aren’t typically the star. Well in these vegan onion rings they step up the plate and make their presence known. Onions, flour, milk and breadcrumbs are all some of the vegan pantry staples I keep around for when I want a comforting baked snack.
7. easy pantry meals with a kick- buffalo vegan taco bowl
If you love Franks Red Hot Sauce then you’ll love this Buffalo Vegan Taco Bowl. This recipe is a perfect summer/spring mishmash of so much goodness. It a good dish to use up veggies that are going bad. This taco bowl uses rice, black beans and classic Mexican spices that you are bound to have tucked away in your cupboard. Guacamole isn’t required but it sure takes the bowl to the next level. This is one of those pantry meals that are simple to make but packs a punch and is loaded with all the flava flav.
8. Lemon Dill Chickpea Vegan Sandwiches to the rescue
Spice up your at-home lunches with these vegan sandwiches. These are my sister’s favourite. She makes them all the time. All you need are chickpeas, avocado, nooch, lemon and bread. You do need dill, so my summer gardeners this probably won’t’ be hard to come by, but for my non-gardeners, if you don’t have dill, add another herb (basil would be amazing) or just nix it and add some red onion to spruce up the flavours. My sister adds red onion with the dill and says it’s a must. So take her word for it.
9. Vegan Mushroom stroganoff
This pasta is one of my FAVOURITES. So many flavours, so much comfort, and so filling. You obviously need mushrooms to make this recipe all that it is meant to be. The best part is that this recipe takes 30 minutes to make. That’s it, that’s all folks. This is one of those vegan pantry staples that I could eat almost every night. I won’t because that is a lot of mushrooms I would have to buy, but even the Picky Husband (who doesn’t love mushrooms) loves this pantry meal.
10. Crispy Tofu Bowl
I’m big into bowls. I love the plethora of flavours you get at each bite. This Crispy Tofu Bowl is one of those pantry meals that makes me so excited for dinner. I’ll be honest, Adam is not a fan of tofu so I only make this for my lunches or when he is out for the night. He’s never out anymore (hello COVID) so I won’t be making this dish anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make it! This is a bowl loaded with so much goodness. And it might be a shot in the dark to think you have ALL of these ingredients. But as long as you have tofu and the ingredients for the sauce this bowl will be great with whatever grains you have and whatever vegetables you have on hand.
11. Mini Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
These Vegan Peanut Butter Cups are deadly to have on hand, but so needed in this time. We need treats to keep up going, guys! The great thing about this recipe is it requires 6 ingredients and I would be shocked if you didn’t have them in your pantry. I’m always satisfied after one peanut butter cup because they are rich. It’s the perfect quarantine snack to munch on while your boss is harassing you with emails. You’ll get to those emails, but for now, peanut butter cups take the highest priority.
12. Vegan Chocolate Mousse
End your crazy weekend of watching Netflix and going for a walk with this Vegan Chocolate Mousse. You need avocado, cocoa, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla. Pretty minimal ingredients for a deadly dessert. I suggest adding some non-dairy yogurt to it to thin it out, but that is totally optional and let’s be honest, we can’t be too picky. We are dealing with vegan pantry staples here and maybe coconut yogurt just doesn’t cut it for you. Either way, this mousse is a velvety chocolate miracle that will spruce up any Sunday night.
Well my quarantine warriors I hope these 12 recipes will give you some inspiration in your kitchen so you don’t have to live off of toast for the next few months. Feel free to reach out to me on the blog, email or Instagram if you have questions about a specific recipe. If you need some modifications for a recipe during this time because your vegan pantry staples are a little different than mine, I would be happy to come up with a solution for you. Stay safe, stay home and stay full.