Vegan Pantry Plan: April 12th

Tasty Vegan Pantry Meals!


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As much of the world, the current COVID-19 crisis has led to a shift in our day-to-day operations in order to keep our team and community safe and healthy. That being said, during this time of crisis we see it as our duty to serve our community recipes, tips, and tricks to make this time of isolation less stressful, more delicious and as resourceful as possible. So without further ado, allow us to introduce our new normal for the foreseeable future, The Pantry Plan.  In this weekly guide, we provide recipes that you can easily pull off based on pantry staples and what you might have on hand. We provide tweaks and substitutions you might need keeping in mind that access to fresh ingredients may be hard to come by. We hope you use it as inspiration to turn out healthy and hearty meals while riding out this storm at home. Stay safe, be well and take some comfort in the kitchen.
Things to Use This Week: Use this as a guide for what to stock up on at the store, or what to grab from your pantry. 

Canned and Dried Beans
Canned Tomatoes
Rice & quinoa
Lentils and Legumes
Canned jackfruit

Frozen bread
Baking Staples (Flour, Sugar, Etc.)
Powdered Spices
Frozen Vegetables
Baking Mixes 
Things to Prep Ahead This Week: We realize some of the items we rely on from the store each week may be difficult to come by. Here are fa ew basics you might want to consider making yourself to be as resourceful as possible and to add lots of flavor to your pantry meals! 

Caramelized Onions (add flavor to a number of dishes!)

Roasted Garlic (Use as a condiment or to build the base of flavor for pasta and soup)

Granola (Chances are, you might be doing a lot of snacking this week. Be prepared! Use whatever nuts and seeds you have!)

Jam  (a good way to preserve fruit or citrus going bad)

Vegan Pesto (Perfect way to use up odds and ends of herbs and greens in the fridge)

Pickled Onions (Another great way to preserve fresh ingredients! These add flavor to sandwiches, grains bowls, tacos and more!

Use these as a guide for inspiration. Just because you don't have every single ingredient doesn't mean you can't replicate the main flavor of the dish! 
Tofu: The Soy Bean that Keeps On Giving
Whether it's in a hearty stew, or crisped up over rice, tofu is the perfect protein to keep stocked up in your fridge. 
Spicy Tahini Tofu by @itsallgoodvegan

Use up the rest of that half-empty jar of tahini with this creamy and spicy pantry friendly dinner. Crisp up some tofu, give it a generous toss in the sauce and serve it alongside whatever pantry staples you have on hand. Rice, wilted arugula, lentils, chickpeas or any grain will work in a pinch.

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Crispy Asian-Style Tofu with Sauteed Vegetables by @jaiataboada1 

Crispy, umami and full of the fresh green vegetables, this tofu dish is exactly the healthy comfort we need right now. Substitute the broccoli and green beans for whatever hearty vegetables or leafy greens you have on hand to clear out the fridge.

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Quesadillas: Carbs and Vegan Cheese for Life!
Is there anything more comforting than carbs loaded with melty vegan cheese? Quesadillas can use up leftover veggies and canned beans in a pinch, and make them more delicious in just a few minutes!
Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Jackfruit Quesadillas by @itsallgoodvegan

The quesadilla love is real! Use up that jar of barbecue sauce sitting in your fridge and turn a humble can of jackfruit into a sweet and smoky quesadilla. Fill it with as much ‘cheese’ as you want, because we all deserve extra ‘cheese’ right now.

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Quesadilla with Black Beans and Corn
by @veg2nonveg

Black beans, corn, and onions are a classic trio, and they shine in this quesadilla. Use whatever melty vegan cheese you have on hand.

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Chickpeas: The liquid and bean duo that can do no wrong 
Soups. Stews. Creamy Hummus. Chickpeas are the ultimate pantry staple that can transform into delectable dips, scrumptious stews or creamy curries. Plus, hold onto that aquafaba! It is an amazing vegan egg substitute. 
Moroccan Chickpea Tagine with Seven Spices and Tomatoes by @shiramcd

Crack open a couple cans of chickpeas and hold onto the liquid, you’ll thank me later. This chickpea tagine is hearty and full of warm spices that you already have on hand and are guaranteed to make you feel better.

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Chickpea Tomato Curry by @Janetsmunchmeals

Spice up your quick and easy weeknight dinners with this super simple and comforting chickpea tomato curry. It packs a lot of flavor into a little bit of time and makes use of loads of dry spices you have laying around.

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Weekend Bonus

Chickpea Aquafaba Mousse by @thefeedfeed

You can have fluffy chocolate mousse by using up that chickpea liquid! This chocolate mousse is rich, silky smooth and is the perfect indulgent treat.

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