Are you new to vegan food and curious about which fridge staples vegans like to stock up on? I’m here to let you in on all the vegan fridge staples’ secrets!
Having a well-stocked fridge makes cooking a lot faster, and easier! Trust me, there is so much you can do with just 11 fridge staples. Today I’m sharing exactly which staples I love to keep in my fridge at all times.
This post is all about Vegan Fridge Staples!
1. Non-Dairy Milk
Soy milk is high in protein and I always make sure to purchase soy milk that is fortified with calcium. This gives me peace of mind that at least part of my daily calcium need is covered. I use soy milk to make my own soy yogurt, but also in oats, baked goods, smoothies, and other sweet goods.
Oat milk is my favorite kind of milk to froth and I thus use it to make cappuccinos and hot chocolate!
For savory dishes, I tend to have a third kind of non-dairy milk on hand, such as cashew milk or another neutral-tasting kind of non-dairy milk. The taste of soy milk can be rather strong and can overpower a savory dish. Oat milk is naturally sweet in taste and thus isn’t ideal to use in savory dishes either.
2. Soy Yogurt
I’m a huge soy yogurt fan and eat it almost every day. I love it for breakfast, with muesli, and fresh fruit, or as a snack!
When I’m at home in South Africa, I make my own soy yogurt. When I visit Europe, where I was born and grew up, I love to buy Alpro soy yogurt.
I love hummus! Yes!! And I can’t be the only one?!
I love eating hummus as a snack, to dip raw veggies or crackers in. Or I love turning it into a salad dressing by diluting it with some water. You have to try this salad dressing hack!!
Yes, I store my selection of seeds in the fridge and I highly recommend you try it too if you don’t manage to eat your seeds in time before going rancid.
Seeds go rancid because of 3 causes: oxygen, heat, and light.
Firstly, I store seeds in airtight containers which keeps out the oxygen. It also prevents outside odors from getting in, which are easily absorbed by seeds.
Storing them in the coldness and darkness of a fridge helps to keep heat and light at bay.
One thing to keep in mind is that storing seeds in the fridge might affect the flavor of the seeds slightly. This is easily resolved by toasting them in a pan, before serving them on top of breakfast or a salad.
My favorite seeds:
Side note, I personally don’t store nuts in the fridge, because we tend to eat them much faster than seeds.
5. Pre-Cut Vegetables
This is a meal prep resource after all! On Sundays, I love to pre-cut carrots and celery and store them in water to keep them fresh and ready-to-eat throughout the week.
6. Omega 3 Supplements
Did you know that DHA (a type of Omega 3) is an important nutrient for both brain and heart health? However, there are no plant-based dietary sources of DHA. I thus like to take an algae-based supplement, as recommended by my favorite dietitian.
It is recommended to store DHA supplements in the fridge, especially once opened!
Are you even vegan, if you don’t always have tofu on hand in the fridge?
Tofu always comes in handy to whip up a quick stir fry, or to make vegan “egg” salad.
8. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are one of those things that I always have on hand in my fridge, despite being a meal prepper who usually prepares any fresh produce that enters the house immediately. They come in handy when my husband or myself feel like a fresh salad on the side or instead of meal prep!
We also love adding leafy greens to snack sandwiches!
9. Pre-Cut Fruit
Again, this is a meal prep resource after all… Check out this post on How To Meal Prep Fruit For The Week!
Having ready-to-eat fruit on hand for the week is life-changing, let me tell you.
Condiments can make all the difference when cooking! It’s a convenient way to impart a specific flavor, which enhances the overall flavor or complements the flavor of a dish.
My favorite vegan condiments, which are stored in the fridge:
11. Cold Cuts
Last but not least, vegan cold cuts are a convenience food that can save you from a hunger, big or small. It’s a delicious added to a grazing platter, or on a sandwich.
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This post was all about Vegan Fridge Staples!
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