When it comes to dietary preferences, whether you’re trying to eat more vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, raw, or paleo, there are several things you can do to make the whole cooking process easier. While a refrigerator with fresh fruits and veggies is pretty much the basis of any diet (should be, at least) it’s also important to keep your pantry stocked with basic staples. A well-stocked pantry will give you more options for cooking nutritious and delicious meals even when the fridge is looking rather empty. Pantries should be filled with ingredients of dishes you can see yourself making over and over again. There’s no reason to fill a pantry with stuff that you never use.
Instead, you should compile a list of shelf-stable items that are nutritious, versatile, easy-to-cook, and of course, tasty! For people trying to eat more gluten-free and vegan, the list is a bit more specific, like always having gluten-free and dairy-free snacks, flour bread, condiments, grains, baking essentials … the list goes on. Here are 15 gluten-free and vegan items we think you should always have in your pantry!