Meat can be a big staple in any household so when someone decides to reduce their meat intake or like me, cut it completely, it can be a little bit of an adjustment especially if you like to cook and eat together as a family. With that in mind, I thought I would share some pantry staples for a meat-free house which can be used to make anything from more thought out meals to meals you want to rustle up in seconds.
I love Beans. It’s actually a running joke with my housemates how many variations of beans I can make. They are so versatile and a great source of meat-free protein. You can add them to pasta sauce to bulk it up or make a chilli. I also like making homemade baked beans and slathering it on toast. My favourites are butter beans but there are so many to choose from, just have a play around and see which ones tickle your fancy.
This is one of those ingredients I get from my mama. Passatta is the base for at least 90% of my dishes. It’s an easy alternative if you find you have blend tins chopped tomatoes. It is really cheap to purchase and stores well so you can bulk buy. I tend to buy a few at a time so I know I have it on hand when I am going to cook. You can add them to curries or empty it in a pan, add some herbs, spices, a bit of tomato purée and sugar (or sugar alternative) and you have yourself a good little basic pasta sauce.
This is such a stable not just because porridge is breakfast of the gods but oats can also be used in baking and smoothies to add a bit of carbs and protein if you’re having it after the gym.
Turmeric, Paprika, Tandoori Masala all three of these spices can transform any dish from being ok to being extra and well even basic food is meant to be extra.
This depends on what you like to eat but nut butters are also a good addition in any pantry. If you like cooking Asian dishes adding almond butter to noodles can really add a nice well rounded flavour to the dish. It also makes a good addition to a marinade for tofu or seitan. It can also be used on toast in porridge and for baking.
What are your pantry staples?