Vegan Pantry Plan: March 29th

Cook with what you have!


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
Dry pasta
Lentils and Legumes
Canned Artichokes and Olives

Baking Staples (Flour, Sugar, Etc.)
Powdered Spices
Frozen Vegetables
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 few basics you might want to consider making yourself to be as resourceful as possible and to add lots of flavor to your pantry meals! 

Vinaigrette (your future salads will thank you!)

Nut Butter (Spread on toast, add to smoothies, mix into curries and noodle dishes)

Baked Oatmeal (Use up those oats, your favorite spices, and whatever frozen fruit you have for a batched out breakfast)

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

Hummus (Use up canned chickpeas and tahini for a tasty dip to snack on!)

Tahini Sauce (Drizzle it on veggies, salads, bowls, and grains!)

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! 
The Power of Potatoes! 
Show some love to those spuds by roasting 'em, boiling 'em, mashing 'em, or frying 'em! The possibilities are endless.
Lemon Curry Potatoes by @upbeetandkaleingit

Take your 'taters up a notch with fresh herbs and spices! Don't have curry paste? Use curry powder, ground ginger, ground coriander, or whatever spices you have!

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Sweet Potatoes Topped With Crispy Chickpeas by @lastingredient

Crispy chickpeas, FTW! Make a batch in the beginning of the week for snacking, and then use them here as the ultimate sweet potato topper! Make a double batch so you can use them all week long.

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Chickpeas (AKA Pantry Gold!)
Whether you're cooking your dried beans or you're using canned beans, there is no shame your garbanzo bean game!
Kale and Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad by @naturallyzuzu

Crispy chickpeas are the perfect addition to your next dinner salad. Use any fresh greens (romaine, spinach, arugula) for a hearty salad that the whole fam is going to devour!

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Chickpea Broccoli Fritters by @cookingforpeanuts

Use fresh or frozen broccoli (or any veggie for that matter), and toss 'em all together for a crispy fritter! Whip up a dipping sauce and dinner is on the table!

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Spice Things Up!
You'd be surprised by how much flavor you can add to your dishes simply from the spices you have in your pantry! Don't be afraid to get creative!
Popcorn Broccoli with Spicy Glaze by @rabbitandwolves

These crispy bites are something to get seriously excited about! Make a vegan buttermilk by adding acid, like lemon juice or vinegar, to whatever plant based milk you have.

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Smoky Tofu and Quinoa Veggie Chili by @rachelgurjar

This chili packs some serious heat! Soft tofu crumbles and quinoa make it super hearty, while tomatoes and spices add delicious flavor. The leftovers get even better!

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Weekend Bonus

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread by @runsandroses

Chocolate hazelnut lovers, you're really going to love this one! Be patient when you're processing the nuts, it will take a few minutes before they turn into a creamy, smooth consistency. Sweeten it to your liken and eat it with toast, yogurt, baked goods, or straight out of the jar!

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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!