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Top Vegetarian Pantry Staples For Beginners

When I was first starting out with going vegetarian, I didn’t know where to start. I had no idea what to buy at the grocery store to make a decent filling meal. Sure there was the fake meat, but those were a hit or miss to me, and besides they were too expensive to buy regularly. Through trial and error I found a few good staples to keep in my pantry I know I can always turn to that’s quick and easy. Here’s a list of my top 3 vegetarian pantry staples for anyone beginning and doesn’t know where to start. 

Lentils

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I get my dried lentils for about $2/pound, and 1 cup of dried lentils equals out to about 2 1/2 cups cooked. The options for what you can do with lentils are endless. My preferred way is to put 1:2 ratio lentils with water in a saucepan and let it simmer away. Once most of the water is evaporated and absorbed, I add my seasonings of choice and see if they need sit simmer a little longer with a touch more water. Using vegetable broth instead of water makes a vast difference as well as adding a splash of liquid smoke.

 


Chickpeas

Who doesn’t like chickpeas? Like c’mon, they don’t have too much going on with them in the beginning, but that means you can take them anywhere in the end. I also buy my chickpeas dried but I cook them in my InstantPot. I do 1:1 chickpeas with water and in the InstantPot for 50 minutes, then natural release for 10 but I usually forget about it and it’s closer to 20. If you go on Pinterest you can find a few ways to cook them to see what works best for you.

I’ve used chickpeas on their own roasted with some seasonings that you can put in a salad or wrap, but you can also mash them up and make patties out of them with different ingredients. I’ve tried mixing them with sweet potatoes for patties, and flaxseed and bread crumbs for meatballs. Both turned out incredibleand you can find those recipes and more on my Pinterest board here.

Rice

This one probably isn’t new to you in the slightest, but that is rice. I have about one meal every day with rice because it’s one of the cheapest things you can get and super filling. This was one of the first things I gravitated to when I was quitting meat. It’s easy to plan out a week worth of dinners around rice and not get sick of it. If you the two before intimidate you, this is a marvellous place to start.

I hope you enjoyed my top 3 vegetarian pantry staples and was able to help you on your more plant based journey! I forget that it’s been nearly 6 years that I went vegetarian until I look back and see how far I’ve come. From eating a lot of pasta to knowing how to grill veggies to make a vegan feast. It all takes time to learn it all, the most important part is to not let it slow you down. <3

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