Vegan Pantry Plan: March 22nd

Cook with what you have!


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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.)
Lentils and Other Legumes
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! 
Frigde & Spice Cabinet Raid! 
Go ahead, dig through those lesser used condiments and spices. It's their time to shine!  
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich by @plantbasedblonde

Have a bottle of BBQ sauce that's been kicking around since summer? Great! Toss it with some jackfruit and throw it on a bun.  This recipe calls for a bunch of spices, but if you are missing a few, or don't have any, the BBQ sauce will add ample flavor. 

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Lemon Turmeric Fried Rice with Peanuts and Cashews by @rachelgurjar

Use up day-old rice with this tasty, flavor-packed fried rice dish. Add a little crunch with any nut that you've got in your pantry. Don't have all the seeds and spices? That's ok! Use what you have and you'll be good to go!

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Legumes, FTW! 
Is there anything the humble legume can't do? Packed with fiber, protein, folate and calcium, these budget-friendly pantry staples are our hero. Plus, they are incredibly shelf stable, so stock up!
Lentils and Mushrooms Over Creamy Polenta and Quick Pickled Onions by @mollyjean4

A creamy bowl of polenta topped with savory lentils is essentially a hug in a bowl. The pickled red onions really amp up the flavor so be sure to make a batch.  If you don't have fresh greens, frozen would work just fine, or substitute with whatever green vegetable you happen to have on hand.

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Red Lentil Tortilla Soup by @thefeedfeed

The lentil love is REAL! This hearty, pantry-friendly soup is one that you're going to LOVE. Plus, the leftovers are only going to be even more delicious. If you don't have all the fresh peppers, that's ok! Use what you can find and feel free to swap in frozen if necessary. 

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Comforting Carbs
In times of uncertainty carbs are always something to fall back on! Whether it's pasta or dressed up potatoes, there are plenty of pantry items to help you take comfort in carbs!
Red Pepper Pasta by @gatherednutrition

Creamy, tangy and slightly spicy, this easy pasta sauce is perfect to have on hand! If you don't have fresh or jarred red peppers, you could swap in an extra 2 cups of marinara sauce.

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3-Ingredient Hash Browns by @lazycatkitchen

Break out the 'tates for these crispy hash browns. Made of just 3 simple ingredients, these crunchy potato cakes are going to be the best breakfast-for-dinner. Serve with your favorite condiments and freeze the leftovers for an easy snack.

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Weekend Bonus

Lemon Blueberry Muffins by @upbeetandkaleingit

It's times like these where perhaps the best thing that you can do for yourself is crank up the oven and bake something delicious. These lemon blueberry muffins are the perfect weekend project! Don't have fresh berries? Use frozen! Not only are these going to be a tasty treat to have on hand, it's a great activity to take your mind off all the stress! Happy baking!

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Need some more help and inspiration during this difficult time? Send us a DM or post a photo of what you have on hand in stories and we'll send you some recipe ideas!