Looking to start a healthier 2021? There is no other way than taking control of your kitchen and now is the best time!. Take time to shake-up & shape-up your pantry by adding more plant-based essentials and incorporating in your daily meals. Below are some pantry staples to start with which, I have divide into major food groups or macro-nutrients- Carbohydrates, Proteins & Fats. Most of these are easily available in most grocery stores and are reasonable priced.
Proteins & Carbohydrates
Dried or canned beans - If you were to start with I highly recommend 3-4 cans of low sodium or no salt Chickpeas/Garbanzo & Black beans
Lentils-Yellow (aka Mung dal) or Red lentils (Masoor Dal), these have the fastest cooking time.
Whole Grains- Quinoa & Sprouted brown rice. You can add Farro, Wheat berries, Barley and more.
Gluten-free Rolled Oats - 2 lb pack from Trader Joes or Bob's Red Mills brand available at any grocery store or via amazon
Flour- Oat flour (can be made with rolled oats), Almond Flour/meal, Chickpea flour
Nuts-Cashews, Walnuts, Almonds
Oils- Neutral cooking oils like Olive Oil, Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Canola
Seeds- Flaxmeal, Chia, Sunflower
Almond or any nut milk
Oat- creamier texture
Soy- higher protein content
Nutritional Yeast- For a nutty, savory or cheesy flavor in dishes.
Spices -Few of my favorites- Cumin powder, Smoked paprika, Chili Powder, Crushed red pepper, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Whole spices
Dried Herbs-Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme
Low Sodium Vegetable Broth